After decades of pushing American fine dining to its limits, chef Charlie Trotter dies at 54

  • by: CARYN ROUSSEAU , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 5, 2013 - 6:45 PM

CHICAGO — With a culinary style he likened to improvisational jazz, Charlie Trotter changed the way Americans view fine dining, pushing himself, his staff, his food and even his diners to limits rarely seen in an American restaurant. Yet it was his reluctance to move beyond those limits that may have defined the last years of his life.

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