|Chef Charlie Trotter joined us on April 19, 2012, to discuss his career
path from UW to the world of food and restaurants and now back to higher
education. Chef Trotter earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1982
from UW-Madison. His career path then took him into the restaurant
business, where he established himself as one of the world's leading
chefs and restaurateurs. Chef Trotters revolutionized fine dining in the United States and catalyzed the dramatic changes that have occurred in the restaurant over the past two decades. Among other accolades received by Chef Trotter
and his restaurant, Charlie Trotter's was named the best restaurant in
the United States in 2000 by Wine Spectator. In January 2012, he
announced that he was closing his landmark and pioneering restaurant in August 2012,
after 25 years in operation. He will be returning to the halls of higher
education to obtain a master's degree, focusing his studies on
political philosophy and political thought.
A prominent philanthropist, Chef Trotter has received numerous honors for his personal charitable endeavors and the work of Charlie Trotter's. He is the author of over 15 books, including most recently Home Cooking with Charlie Trotter (Ten Speed Press), and hosted "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter" on public television.
Audio of Chef Trotter's remarks, with introduction by Department Chair John Coleman