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Seeking a few good chefs to serve Charlie Trotter Day

The legacy of renowned chef Charlie Trotter lives on.

Trotter, often remembered as a culinary genius who mentored numerous chefs, will be remembered Aug. 14 – on Charlie Trotter Day – as part of a fundraising event to benefit the Trotter Project, his eponymously named nonprofit. He died in 2013 at age 54.

The Trotter Project celebrates the chef’s commitment to mentoring youth interested in culinary careers. Charlie Trotter Day began last year to help raise funds for its mentoring initiative.

This year’s event, to be held Aug. 14-16, is seeking chefs from around the country to either serve a Charlie Trotter inspired dish or entire menu at their restaurants and donate a portion of the sales from the weekend to the Trotter Project. The money raised will go toward financing the Trotter Project’s mentoring and culinary youth engagement programs.

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As part of his commitment to helping future generations succeed, Trotter supported the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart program, which instructs high school students pursuing careers in the culinary arts and hospitality management. That commitment continues today, as chefs he mentored, like Top Chef contestant Richie Farina, step in to mentor new crops of Trotter Project and ProStart students.

“I’m helping to carry on his legacy – the ideas he had, his desire to give back to the community and helping young chefs work their way into our industry,” Farina said.

Renowned chef-restaurateur Graham Elliot, who will participate in the tribute, said he first met Trotter when he started working for him at the age of 20. Besides being a chef, Trotter was a mentor, trailblazer, teacher and leader, Elliot said.

“Rarely does one encounter an individual that can both inspire and frighten you with [an almost perverse] dedication to excellence and perfection,” Elliot said. “He believed the food you put on the plate, the way you keep your knives sharp, the way you wipe down your station—all represent who you are as a person. To this day, I try to foster those same ideals in my own team.”

The Trotter Project also is offering access on its website to a series of tweets operators can use to tell customers about the event. Contact the Trotter project for more information.

Pictured top right: The late Charlie Trotter
Pictured above: Chef-restaurateur Graham Elliot

 

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