Tributes from chefs, restaurateurs and others in the food world poured in soon after the news broke Tuesday that Chicago chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter had died suddenly. Trotter, 54, who closed his namesake restaurant in the Windy City last year, was a largely self-taught chef who garnered 10 James Beard Awards and a reputation for cutting-edge culinary innovation during his career. "He was a part of bringing in unusual ingredients and really scouring the world for ingredients that you never tasted before. He was really on that forefront of creating the modern tasting menu," said Chicago restaurateur Rick Bayless.

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