Steven Jilleba, CMC
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
Chef Owner SJ Culinary Consulting
Chef Jilleba started SJ Culinary Consulting in July of 2017 and has worked on training, product evaluations and interim chef’s roles in clubs
Chef Jilleba joined Unilever Foodsolutions in March of 1999 and held the Senior Corporate Executive Chef for North America through July 2017. Steve is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in 1977, and has since held numerous executive chef positions in hotels and other fine dining establishments around the globe.
Steve has an extensive background in culinary competitions in which he has won a variety of awards. Some competition highlights include competing in three International Culinary Olympic competitions winning an impressive 9 Gold Medals.
In February of 2017 Steve received the ACF Presidents Special Awards.
He was appointed ACF Culinary Team Manager through 2012 and as team 2016 Advisor.
Steve received the 2013 ACF Leadership Award at the American Culinary Federation National Convention.
He has served as National Culinary Competition Chairman for the American Culinary
Federation and the National Youth Team Manager. Earlier, Chef Jilleba was
successful leading the ACF Youth Team USA 2008 to two gold medals and grand champions at the World Culinary Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland.
In June of 2009 Steve was bestored the honorary of Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University.
In 2008 Chef Jilleba was awarded The Chairman Award from the American Academy of Chef.
In 2007 Steve was awarded the Presidents Award from the American Culinary Federation their highest honor.
In 2000, he was awarded the ACF Central Region Chefs Professionalism Award and was
Named the ACF Central Region Chef of the Year in 2001.
Chef Jilleba earned his Master Chef certification, awarded by the American Culinary
Federation in 1997 becoming only the Fifty Seventh in the US to earn the distinction.
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