Members of the Trotter family with board members

The Trotter Project honors the legacy of Chef Charlie Trotter through programs,
services and events which promote culinary and personal excellence, and strives to create a sense of community among individuals dedicated to these principles.

Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board

Homaro Cantu, Chef/Owner, Moto Restaurant, Berrista Coffee

Vice President Programs

Sari Zernich Worshsam, Partner, Art Smith Company and Owner, mfk

Vice President of Development

Margaret J. O’Connor, Marcon Communications

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

John Albee, Attorney at Law, Anthony J. Madonia & Assoc.


Robert Houde, Robert Houde Wines LLC

Board of Directors

Derrek Hull, Director of Communications & Special Events, Moto Restaurant
Mathias Merges, Chef, Yusho/Billy Sunday, A10
Karen Mozer, Principal Designer, Jordan Mozer & Assoc.
Mitchell Schmieding, Director of Operations, Binny’s Chop House
Mark Signorio, Consultant, Reno Mark Hospitality, LTD
Guillermo Tellez-Cruz, Chef/Partner, Mercadito Hospitality

Advisory Board

Graham Elliot, Chef, Co-Host of Masterchef
Michelle Gayer, Pastry Chef/Owner, Salty Tart
Markus Glocker, Chef, Bâtard
Della Gossett, Pastry Chef, Spago
Ray Harris, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley
Bill Kim, Chef/Owner, Urban Belly, Belly Q
David Lefevre, Owner/Operator, Fishing With Dynamite and Chef/Owner, Manhattan Beach Post
Jordan Mozer, Founder/Principal, Jordan Mozer & Assoc.
Michael Rotondo, Chef, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Joseph Spellman, Master Sommelier, Justin Vineyards and Landmark Vineyards
Larry Stone, MS/Estate Dir., Quintessa and Dean of Wine Studies, International Culinary Center
John Taube, Chef, Nomad
Michael Taus, Chef/Owner, Zealous
Giuseppe Tentori, Chef/Partner, G.T. Fish & Oyster, Boka Group
Norman Van Aken, Founder/Chef, Norman’s
Linda Milagros Violago, Sommellier
Patricia Mowen Zeigler, Consultant


816 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614 USA


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