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Trotter is out as chef at Elysian Hotel

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The ritzy Elysian Hotel going up at 11 E. Walton said today it has "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" with uber-chef Charlie Trotter.

Way back in November 2006, the hotel and Trotter happily announced their partnership. Trotter was to be in charge of all food at the luxury hotel, where prices for a private condo start at a cool $600,000.

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The hotel doesn't divulge details of the split in a statement e-mailed this morning. Awaiting return calls from both parties.

Trotter was in Germany Thursday and couldn't be reached. Rochelle Smith, a spokeswoman, said, "There's no hard feelings. I swear, I swear, there's no drama. We just really decided to just part ways."

David Pisor, the Elysian's managing partner, was equally vague but cordial.

"Charlie's a great guy and he's built a great brand," Pisor said. "Sometimes relationships don't work. It just didn't sync."

Pisor said another chef will be named "shortly." A Chicago chef is on the short list, he said.

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