A graduate of St. Louis Community College recently was the first runner-up for the Global Young Chefs Challenge Hans Bueschkens Trophy.
Shayne McCrady, who graduated from the culinary and pastry programs at STLCC-Forest Park in 2015, competed against 10 other chefs under the age of 25 from around the world in the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Representing the United States in the contest, McCrady returned home with the second-place trophy.
“It’s a proud professor moment when your students achieve great things,” said Casey Shiller, coordinator of the baking and pastry arts program at Forest Park. “Shayne exemplified the culinary prowess needed to be successful on an international stage. His hard work and determination were apparent while in classes at STLCC, and I knew he was destined for greatness.”
Currently working as a cook at an independent living center in St. Louis, McCrady says his next goal is to become a sous chef. He credits getting involved in clubs and participating in events while at STLCC with helping him achieve his goals.
“The teachers were always there and willing to teach,” he said. “Rob Hertel and Casey Shiller gave me 110 percent of their support, time and effort for my competition. Teachers like these two changed my life and gave me the tools to success. The degrees I earned gave me a strong foundation and understanding of my career.”
STLCC’s baking and pastry arts program prepares students to gain the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become a successful pastry professional.