Corporate Executive Chef Unilever Food Solutions
Chef Jilleba joined Unilever Food Solutions in March of 1999 and currently holds the position of Corporate Executive Chef for North America. Steve graduated from 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.
He has been appointed as ACF Culinary Team Manager through 2012.
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 given an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson
and Wales University.
In 2008 Chef Jilleba was awarded The Chairman Award from the American Academy of
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.