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Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter

With the recent passing of Chef Charlie Trotter, I wanted to take a moment to post some photos from the Santé Magazine Restaurant Symposium held in 2007 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT. I have to admit, that at the time I was still relatively new to the culinary scene and during those symposiums and guest chef dinners I was photographing some of the top chefs in the industry and didn’t have the time to reflect on it at the time, being too nervous to make sure my exposure and focus was spot on in the kitchens while dodging boiling pots and harried sous chefs. So when Chef Trotter came to the hotel to begin preparing for the amazing wine-pairing tasting with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, and tables we set up in the back prep area, I could sense his intense focus and preparation and how that carried over to the hotel’s chef team assisting with the plating for about 80 seminar attendees, many of whom were accomplished chefs and restaurant owners.

Much has been written and documented about his career, I hesitate to use the word “star”—even though he was—I could tell I was in the presence of a brilliant mind. He seemed to be simultaneously focusing on the task at hand but another part of his mind seemed somewhere else, thinking of the next step. His restaurants pushed the envelope and everything I have read, as with all great chefs, he worked hard at his craft and brought everyone around him up a level, pushing for excellence.

According to the Chicago Tribune, he apparently died of an in-operable brain aneurysm that he was diagnosed with after some dizzy spells, and had recently closed his restaurant in Chicago being told by his doctor to avoid flying and stressful working conditions. I can only imagine how that must have affected him.

His legacy in the industry will be felt for a long time.

A6DC2618 A6DC2619 A6DC2625 A6DC2626 A6DC2627 A6DC2630 A6DC2632 A6DC2633 A6DC2636 A6DC2659 A6DC2663 A6DC2709 Trotter with Equinox Chef Team

July 19th is National Daiquiri Day

Who knew July 19th was National Daiquiri Day? I didn’t until today, so unprepared to mix anything I thought I’d be lazy and post an article I shot the drinks for Santé Magazine, which first appeared in June 2009, written by Naren Young. The lead recipe and opening spread is a rather tasty strawberry daiquiri. It was one of my favorite articles back then, and was also when I first really got into shooting cocktails. And as for clean up—it did have its fringe benefits.

Click here for PDF of article

Strawberry Daiquiri
2 oz Barbancourt Reserve Speciale Rhum, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz strawberry syrup (see the PDF), lime twist garnish

 

Plum Blossoms

The Plum Trees (or Prunus mume) are in full bloom outside the studio once again, and I was feeling inspired to go shoot the blossoms this morning. They smell wonderful as well, and in years past the branches have been heavy with fruit—hoping for another good crop this year and may have to collaborate with a pastry chef and do a follow up post. Back in 2008 I was doing a studio shoot on Gin drinks for Santé Magazine and we decided to clip some of the blossoms for a pretty garnish and give the cocktails a little extra color. To check out some more pics (and order prints 😉 go here.