Charlie Trotter Gets Ready to Celebrate 25 Years Before Closing This Month

The Chicago chef opens up about the restaurant’s 25th anniversary celebrations and upcoming closing
At the Chef's Table: Charlie Trotter Part 1

This Friday, Aug. 17, iconic Chicago restaurant Charlie Trotter’s will celebrate its 25th anniversary, and then later this month the chef-owner Charlie Trotter will close the restaurant. Andrew Friedman of was recently invited to dine at the restaurant and interview the chef about the closing and his plans for the future.

During the interview, Trotter opens up about his reasons for closing up shop (to pursue a degree in philosophy), his incredible work ethic, and about getting people to order a tasting menu from his restaurant.

Read the full interview in its entirety at

For more from Charlie Trotter, watch the video above and check out the rest of The Daily Meal’s exclusive interview series with him: At the Chef’s Table with Charlie Trotter.