It’s hard to overestimate chef Charlie Trotter’s influence on the Chicago, national and even international restaurant and food scenes. After his untimely passing in 2013, the New York Times declared he had “remade the culinary landscape.”
That makes it a great honor for Brande Gilbert, a student at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, to receive a scholarship from the Charles and Rochelle Trotter Endowment.
Charlie Trotter’s widow Rochelle Trotter, herself a classically-trained chef and restaurant executive, started the fund to provide scholarships for young people to achieve their dream of culinary school.
ABC7 Chicago’s Heart and Soul show interviewed both Rochelle Trotter and Brande Gilbert in a segment that aired Feb. 23 and will repeat on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. on WLS-TV Channel 7. You can view it here.
“The fact that I get to follow in his footsteps and do great things, that means a lot to me,” Gilbert told ABC7, referring to the late chef extraordinaire.
The segment shows Rochelle Trotter observing Gilbert’s baking activities in Kendall’s teaching kitchen. It also features a brief sit-down interview.
“To date, we have over 30 students that are attending culinary school,” Rochelle Trotter said in the segment. “I’m just grateful that I can help in this way.”