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Trotter's Hubris

MAG | Jul 25, 2003 02:55 PM

I must begin this by stating that I am not a fan of Charlie Trotter. I have eaten in his restaurant twice, once on my dime, once on his. Both times I walked out unenthused. But this is not the subject of my post. I was just reviewing the status of the Green City Market's on-line Chef's Auction and I was surprised that there were no bids on Trotter's package of dinner for 10. There are a few other packages without bids, but they are for lesser known chefs. Out of curiousity, I clicked onto the package detail and it became readily apparent as to why no bids have been made. The minimum bid for Trotter's package is $10,000. I know that some may suggest that Mr. Trotter is worth $1,000. However, it might be important to contrast his "value" with the minimum bid for some other Chicago luminary chefs. A similar package is offered for dinner for ten at Rick Bayless' home - $5,000, half as much. Another one to note is the dinner for eight prepared by Carrie Nahabedian, Sarah Stegner, Eng Ming Hsu (Ritz-Carlton), and Abby Mandel, $5,000, also half as much. The contrast took my breath away. There is lots more that I could probably say, but I won't because I am interested in getting other people's thoughts on this one.

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