Since its launch in 2014, The Trotter Project has been busy at work to continue Chef Charlie Trotter's dedication to mentor budding young talent through The Trotter Project's strategic partnerships with esteemed programs such as Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), City College of Chicago's Washburne Culinary Institute, Kendall College and more. The Trotter Project's Pillars of Excellence Program, in tandem with these programs, are turning kitchens into classrooms and giving students in communities across Chicago, concrete steps toward realizing their dreams. With the backing of corporate support from our founding corporate sponsor United Airlines, along with Chef Works, Lenox, The Peninsula Chicago, Samsung, and Woodford Reserve, The Trotter Project sustains its momentum for growth and impacting young careers.
For an aspiring chef or hospitality management professional, nothing could be more inspirational or helpful than learning from industry greats. The Trotter Project’s Pillars of Excellence Program—ranging from one-on-one to small group mentorship opportunities to paid internships, skills sessions, guest lecturers by seasoned industry pros, and scholarships—allows the next generation of talent to work alongside professional mentors and develop the best technique and an unstoppable drive. Not only do these memorable, special opportunities allow mentees to see their potential, chart new careers, and expand their possibilities, but the Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program introduces mentees to supportive professionals who can help guide their futures.
The Trotter Project mentors are industry leaders who have been personally taught or influenced by Charlie Trotter. They recognized his impact in their lives and want to keep alive Chef Trotter’s mission to uphold the standards of supreme service, nurture raw passion and new talent, and live a life of giving.