LAMB SHANK WITH CURRIED SUNCHOKE PUREE BUTCHER FOR THE WORLD: Famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter died today. He was 54.
Trotter's eponymous Lincoln Park restaurant is largely credited with putting the Chicago culinary scene. The eatery, which opened in 1987 and closed in August 2012, received near universal praise, including a 1999 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Like many great chefs, Trotter was complicated and mercurial, with his behavior bordering on the bizarre several times since the restaurant closed.
The Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro wrote perhaps the defining profile of Trotter last year.