Chicago and Cook County officials say that acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has died. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says rescue crews were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday to the Lincoln Park home of the award-winning chef, where they found Trotter unresponsive. Langford says an ambulance crew transported Trotter to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died after unsuccessful attempts to revive him. The Cook County president's spokeswoman says the medical examiner's office was notified and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Trotter was 54. He was synonymous with gourmet cuisine, earning 10 James Beard Awards and providing a training ground for some of the country's other best-known chefs, such as fellow Beard Award-winner Grant Achatz of Chicago restaurants Alinea and Next.
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