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Casey Shiller Honored As St. Louis Chef of the Year

November 06, 2012

Casey Shiller gets award from Charles Dubuque of Ronocco Coffee

Casey Shiller receives St. Louis Chef of the Year for 2013 from Charles Dubuque of Ronnoco Coffee.

Casey Shiller was honored as the 2013 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis on Sunday, but that wasn’t his only recognition – he was also 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-Forest Park, has been on the winning side of culinary cookoffs during the past two years. In June 2011, he won the nationally televised Food Network competition show "Cupcake Wars” with restaurateur Dana Holland; Shiller is executive pastry chef at Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café.

This 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. And this fall, he won the St. Louis Chef of the Year honors in a fierce cooking battle.

Cheers, tears and standing ovations marked the annual black-tie gala at the Ameristar Conference Center in St. Charles. Surrounded by his family, wife Annie, friends, STLCC and Forest Park colleagues, students, and fellow chefs at the annual banquet, 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.