Earlier today, I asked you to identify the chef referred to in this quotation:
It is, in fact, not the aforementioned Charlie Trotter, but none other than Auguste Gusteau, as described by Ratatouille creator Brad Bird. However, the possiblity of confusion suggests something of what distinguishes Trotter from the chefs with more restaurants and more exposure. Gusteau is a Disney version of a French chef -- a betouqued owner-proprietor of one very serious restaurant. His successor, Skinner, is a villain because he wants to extend/dilute the Gusteau brand after Gusteau dies. Like Gusteau, Trotter is perhaps closer to an older and populist notion of what a chef is than the Marios and JGVs of the world?