We’re remembering the great and influential chef Charlie Trotter, who died on November 5, at the age of 54, by re-airing a conversation Leonard had with him in 2004. He spoke about Workin’: More Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, a PBS series and cookbook in which he demonstrated his innovative cooking techniques and took us through his entire creative process.
The day before Charlie Trotter’s award-winning restaurant closed in Chicago last August, the city unveiled the “Honorary Charlie Trotter Way.” He said at the time, “I love what I do. I pinch myself every day that I get to do this for a living, but on the other hand, one must change their way.” The influential chef’s namesake restaurant had been open for 25 years, and he had trained many others who moved on to great careers – including Grant Achatz. He died suddenly on November 5 at the age of 54. You can hear his November 2004 conversation with Leonard.