Giuseppe Tentori, BOKA, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago
This Italian-born chef worked for Trotter for nine years, including two as chef de cuisine, before moving on to open his own eatery, Boka, in Chicago's Lincoln Park. His goal was to serve his upscale cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. After garnering accolades upon the restaurant's opening in 2010, he opened GT Fish & Oyster in 2011 as part of the Boka Restaurant Group, anchored by fellow chefs Stephanie Izard, Paul Virant and Chris Pandel. Tentori tells us of Trotter: "Charlie always compared himself to Michael Jordan. MJ would go and play the game, and he was the best at the game, but the public would never know how hard he was working; that's what he did at the restaurant. He motivated me to push myself. He was like, 'Giuseppe, don't add too much butter and cream to your food,' anyone can do that and everything will taste great. Keep it simple, he said. Less is more."