Over the past 20 years, scores of young men and women have passed through the kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s (816 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-248-6228) and spread out around the world. It’s safe to say no restaurant in Chicago turns out more successful chefs. The reason is threefold: Trotter (see The Transformers) has an eye for talent; a stint in his kitchen is a golden ticket on a résumé; and his obsession with perfection rubs off on employees, who take it wherever they go. Mouse over the chefs to see their information.
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