He closed his place down about a year ago because he wanted to go back to school to be an artist or something. I dunno, but I’ve never heard a good thing about the man’s personality so this story didn’t surprise me.
I’ve worked in the Chicago restaurant industry for 20+ years and have had several limited interactions with Chef Trotter. I also know a number of people who have worked closely with him over the years. He is a very talented chef who has very poor interpersonal skills and an enormous sense of self importance. He’s also known for rather erratic behavior.
I agree that it’s weird. Your link didn’t work for me. I see that people who are familiar with Mr. Trotter aren’t surprised by the behavior. I never met the man, but I thought his actions were strange. But upon further review, who am I to talk? I can be weird, too.
And please Carmen Tufano, keep teaching your son lessons about building self-esteem.
Tell him that it comes from within as the result of his actions. The kinds of actions that make him feel good about himself. And so it can’t be either built up or destroyed by tempermental old Charlie Trotter.
Please don’t tell the poor kid that Charlie just destroyed two years of esteem building. You’ll make him feel like he’s helpless in the face of the irrational.
And don’t set the example that the solution is getting back at someone unless you want to raise a vindictive child. Help him stand up, brush himself off, gather back his dignity and be grateful that he hasn’t lost his marbles like other people you could mention.