Charlie Trotter

Restaurant from United States of America

Charlie Trotter (born September 8, 1959(1959-09-08) in Chicago, Illinois) is a chef and restaurateur. A graduate of New Trier High School, Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982 after earning a degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For the next 5 years, he worked and studied in Chicago, San Francisco at the California Culinary Academy, Florida and Europe. In February 2010, Trotter married longtime girlfriend Rochelle Smith. who is now also his publicist; his first marriage, which ended in divorce, produced a son, Dylan. Charlie Trotter was the host of the 1999 PBS cooking show The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter in which he details his recipes and cooking techniques. He likens cooking to an improvisational jazz session in that as two riffs will never be the same, so too with food. He has also written 14 cookbooks, three management books and has a line of organic and all natural gourmet foods distributed nationally. Trotter is involved with his philanthropic Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation and other causes. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2005 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Rochelle Smith


Institution From To
New Trier High School
University of Wisconsin-Madison
California Culinary Academy

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