Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter

One of America's top chefs answers our questions.

Charlie Trotter is one of the top chefs in the US. His 18-year-old namesake restaurant in Chicago has won countless accolades, including seven James Beard Foundation awards. He's the author of 11 cookbooks and the host of the award-winning PBS cooking series, The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter. In 2000, Chef Trotter opened Trotter's To Go, a take-out gourmet retail shop in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, and in 2004 he debuted "C," a fine-dining seafood restaurant at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. As if that weren't enough, he's also a tireless advocate for excellence in the culinary arts, as well as an active humanitarian.

Window or aisle?
Window -- quick exit.

What was the last thing you ate from a minibar?
Sports water

I won't leave home without...
My mobile--always available anytime, anywhere

The best trip I've ever taken? And why?
Each one. It's always about making new friends, contacts, and seeing what's happening out there in restaurants.

My dream trip?
Something without a connection, a wait, or delay....kind of when the doors open up as I step up, an effortless travel day and one filled with kind people.

The movie or book that inspired me to bag my bags?

My greatest travel pet peeve?

How I deal with jetlag?
I jog the very next morning for 10-15 miles.

If I could travel with any living person...
My son, Dylan.

I'll never go back to _____ And why?
I don't mention bad experiences; I simply don't return.

If I could be anywhere right now...
Right where I am, now.

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