The Food World Responds To The Shocking Death Of Charlie Trotter

The Chicago Tribute reports that Charlie Trotter has died at age 54. He was found unresponsive in his Lincoln Park home and pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Trotter ran his eponymous restaurant for nearly 25 years before closing in September 2012. We were there for the final service that featured cooking from some of his most-trusted alums including Graham Elliot, Bill Kim, Norman Van Aken, Mindy Segal and Anne Burrell.

Food Republic co-founder Marcus Samuelsson penned a loving tribute soon after Trotter's New Year's Day closure announcement. To say the food world is in shock is a great understatement. Many have taken to Twitter with micro-tributes: