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Chef Craig Strong joined Montage Laguna Beach as Executive Chef of Studio in June 2009. Known for his modern French cuisine with California influences, he developed a love for cooking at an early age. He attended L'Academie de Cuisine near Washington, D.C., where he studied under some of the most respected chefs in the area. 

Most recently, Chef Strong was Chef de Cuisine at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa’s Dining Room in Pasadena, Calif. Prior to that, Chef Strong held numerous culinary positions, including Sous Chef at Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Erikson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah; First Assistant to Chef at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia, and then at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. He also worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, as Garde Manger with Chef Guenter Seeger and then as Saucier and Tournant with Chef Joel Antunes. 

Chef Strong then moved to Europe as Sous Chef for The Newport Room at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, the fine dining restaurant in a property managed by Ritz-Carlton. The emphasis on olive oil, fresh seafood and the Mediterranean climate, similar to that of Southern California, led Chef Strong to embrace the bold flavors and rustic style of Spanish cuisine, adding the refinement of French techniques.

Studio has been recognized with Three Stars from Los Angeles Times, Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide, Robb Report as one of “America’s Finest Dining Restaurants,” and Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top 50 Hotel Restaurants”. Studio has also earned the “Grand Award” and “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and is rated one of Zagat Survey’s “America’s Top Restaurants.”

Chef Craig Strong joined Montage Laguna Beach as Executive Chef of Studio in June 2009. Known for his modern French cuisine with California influences, he developed a love for cooking at an early age. He attended L'Academie de Cuisine near Washington, D.C., where he studied under some of the most respected chefs in the area. 

Most recently, Chef Strong was Chef de Cuisine at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa’s Dining Room in Pasadena, Calif. Prior to that, Chef Strong held numerous culinary positions, including Sous Chef at Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Erikson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah; First Assistant to Chef at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia, and then at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. He also worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, as Garde Manger with Chef Guenter Seeger and then as Saucier and Tournant with Chef Joel Antunes. 

Chef Strong then moved to Europe as Sous Chef for The Newport Room at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, the fine dining restaurant in a property managed by Ritz-Carlton. The emphasis on olive oil, fresh seafood and the Mediterranean climate, similar to that of Southern California, led Chef Strong to embrace the bold flavors and rustic style of Spanish cuisine, adding the refinement of French techniques.

Studio has been recognized with Three Stars from Los Angeles Times, Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide, Robb Report as one of “America’s Finest Dining Restaurants,” and Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top 50 Hotel Restaurants”. Studio has also earned the “Grand Award” and “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and is rated one of Zagat Survey’s “America’s Top Restaurants.”