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• Charlie Trotter, the renowned and enormously influential Chicago chef and cookbook author, was found dead yesterday at his home on the city's North Side. He was 54, and no cause of death has yet been determined. Trotter closed his eponymous restaurant in 2012, saying he needed a break and wanted to go back to school, perhaps to study philosophy or political theory.

“If I don’t go for something while I’m in the prime of my life and I have the means to do it, well, why wouldn’t I?” he said at the time.
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