Chef Craig Strong of Laguna Beach’s dining hot spot, Ocean at Main, joined us in the studio on the eve of his one year anniversary. Spending nearly 25 years in the hotel business, 15 of which were with the Ritz Carlton in Europe or on the East Coast, Chef came to Southern California in 2000 and found himself at Montage, Laguna Beach. His new home became their much acclaimed restaurant, The Studio, where he spent nearly a decade as their Executive Chef. With a desire to have a little more flexibility and creativity, Chef took a leap of faith and opened his very first restaurant last year called Ocean at Main. His restaurant is located in a building in Laguna which was the city’s first bank in the 1940s. The menu offers a variety of dishes that draw on inspiration from the Mediterranean as well as a few savory dishes that are a nod to his French training.
In this episode:
-Learn about Chef’s career path which led him to opening his first restaurant.
-Get to know the inspiration behind Chef’s menu at Ocean at Main.
-Understand how Chef fuses together the best of both French Cooking and Mediterranean Cuisine.
-Hear Chef discuss the things he’s learned over the last year in his first entrepreneurial venture.
-Learn how technology has and continues to change the restaurant business.
-Get to know why selling the experience imparts value which makes you priceless.
When asked what his Ultimate Lesson Learned has been thus far in his career, Chef notes that truly embracing the spirit of hospitality has made all the difference.
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