Jimmy MacMillan

Executive pastry chef - Chicago, United States

'An artist his entire life, Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan never intended to end up in a kitchen. During his first career as a musician, he took the odd restaurant job to help make ends meet; he ended up accumulating over 20 years of kitchen experience along the way. The creative fulfillment he used to find as a musician now is channeled into his pastry, producing wildly inventive desserts.

"I'm having the time of my life, doing work that I love", Chef MacMillan says enthusiastically. "I feel that I've arrived at a point where so many of my favorite aspects of being a pastry chef and working with chocolate and sweet materials have come together. For the rest of my career, I just want to dream big and create! I want to make desserts that people love, that just blow people away!"

Chef MacMillan has been named one of “Dessert Professional’s Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” and among the many, the following awards stand out: “Chicago Rising Star Pastry Chef” by Starchefs.com. MacMillan was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef and a Nominee for a James Beard New Media Award.

His hyper-creative desserts have been featured frequently in numerous pastry publications such as So Good..(Spain), Pasticceria Internazionale (Italy), Dessert Professional, Pastry’s Best, Pastry and Baking North America, and Pastry Art & Design.

Chef MacMillan also spearheads and produces the Emmy® Award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition, an innovative video series that spotlights top pastry chefs from all over the country. The videos have also been awarded multiple Communicator, W3, Hermes, and Telly Awards.” ”