John Cirillo

A passion for food born of his Italian immigrant roots led John to a career in the kitchen from the age of 17. Since then, his distinctions in promoting the culinary arts have been lauded through awards and medals in culinary competitions. He is a two-time honoree of the Escoffier Society as Toronto “Chef of the Year” and captained the Culinary Team Ontario to victory at the 2004 Culinary Olympics in Germany.

Chef Cirillo started as an apprentice with Hilton in Toronto at the Toronto Airport Hilton, then honed his skills in Europe at the Hilton Park Lane in London, England and Switzerland’s Hilton Basel. After completing his Certified Chef de Cuisine (C.C.C.) diploma at Humber College in Toronto, he resumed his career with Hilton in Canada. After a stint as sous-chef, he assumed the role of Executive Chef at Hilton Toronto where he redefined Canadian cuisine at the flagship restaurant Tundra until his departure in 2006.

A steadfast advocate for youth development, John initiated the first apprenticeship programmes at the Hilton Toronto Airport. Throughout his career, he has also taught at a number of Canada’s leading chef training colleges and there discovered a true vocation for teaching.

Today, John owns and operates Cirillo’s Culinary Academy, a premier culinary training facility of his own design in Toronto, at which he shares his passion for food with trainee chefs and the public at large. He is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks, Escoffier Society of Toronto, and the international organisation, Les Toques Blanches.

Contact John at Tel +1 647 430 8795 or