Casey Shiller was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation (ACF)'s Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis on Sun., Nov. 4, during an annual black-tie gala at the Ameristar Conference Center in St. Charles. That wasn’t his only recognition, though: He was also named “the man of the day” throughout St. Louis City and County, as decreed by Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charles Dooley.
Shiller, a certified executive pastry chef and coordinator of the baking and pastry program at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, has been on the winning side of culinary cook-offs during the past two years. In June 2011, Shiller, who is executive pastry chef at Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Café, won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars with restaurateur Dana Holland. In July, he was named National Chef Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation after a finalists' competition at the national conference in Orlando. He also recently won the St. Louis Chef of the Year honors in a fierce cooking battle.
Surrounded by his family, wife Annie, friends, STLCC and Forest Park colleagues, students, and fellow chefs at Sunday’s annual gala, Shiller spoke of the mentors who helped shape his path. He talked about his remarkable opportunity to teach, and learn, from students every day.
Shiller, the 2010 Teacher of the Year at Forest Park, is a frequent guest on St. Louis-based television programs, and a judge in numerous local, state and national competitions. A native St. Louisan, he graduated with honors from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., and has worked for Trump properties, resorts in upstate New York and Florida, the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., and the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis.
He is active in ACF and the St. Louis chapter, serving on the executive board.