(UPI) -- World-renowned chef Charlie Trotter was found dead in his Chicago home Tuesday morning at the age of 54.
Trotter emerged onto the Chicago restaurant scene in 1987, when his self-titled restaurant became opened to great acclaim -- both in his hometown and around the world. In 1999, he won the James Beard Foundation's prestigious Outstanding Chef Award. He eventually collected 10 Beard Awards and became renowned for his exciting and experimental approach to cuisine.
Here's how Trotter's fellow foodies paid tribute to his memory Tuesday:
Sadly today American Culinary Legend Charlie Trotter died aged 54...I had the pleasure to eat his food… http://t.co/xspehWhQqE— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) November 5, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of Chef Charlie Trotter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) November 5, 2013
Rest In Peace Charlie Trotter. A giant. A legend. Treated shabbily by a world he helped create. My thoughts go out to those who loved him.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 5, 2013
Unbelievably sad to hear about Charlie Trotter's passing. He was such a mentor and visionary and we lost a good one today.— Marcus Samuelsson (@MarcusCooks) November 5, 2013
Charlie trotter....sad.— Dave Chang (@davidchang) November 5, 2013
CHARLIE TROTTER: chef, mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher, leader. He now belongs to the ages.— GRAHAM ELLIOT (@grahamelliot) November 5, 2013
God bless Chef Charlie Trotter's family.Chicago and America lost a bright lightXOArt and Jesus— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) November 5, 2013
All of us here are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of culinary great Charlie Trotter.— Wolfgang Puck (@WolfgangBuzz) November 5, 2013
#CharlieTrotter lets celebrate his amazing contribution to America and the world. He was a genuine person.Today heaven will eat better....— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 5, 2013