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Shiller named American Culinary Federation - Chef Educator of the Year

July 18, 2012

Executive Pastry Chef Casey Shiller was named the American Culinary Federation's "Chef Educator of the Year" at the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday night. Shiller is the Baking and Pastry Arts coordinator and an associate professor in the Hospitality Studies department at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College.

Casey Shiller -
Chef Educator of the Year

He was recognized in April as the ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year, which covers 15 states. He competed against colleagues from the Northeast, Southeast and West regions for the national honor. The American Culinary Federation is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America, and has more than 20,000 members in 210 chapters.

Shiller was a $10,000 grand prize winner on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" last summer. He's also a producer of KMOV-TV's local cooking show, "Ready Chef Go," and is the director of baking and pastry at Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Café, with two locations in University City and Des Peres.

He was named the Forest Park campus' Co-Teacher of the Year in 2010 and received the Missouri Community College Association's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. Shiller has been teaching at Forest Park since 2005 and covers a range of culinary subjects, from cake decorating and food science, to contemporary plated desserts. He serves as treasurer of the St. Louis Chapter of ACF's Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis.

A native St. Louisan, Shiller's 15-year culinary career includes stints at Trump's casinos and hotels in Atlantic City and restaurants in Florida, Chicago and upstate New York. He earned a bachelor's degree in pastry arts and baking from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.