Oregon Wine Country’s award-winning, The Allison Inn & Spa, welcomed Jack Strong to Executive Chef. In this new role, Chef Strong will lead all culinary programs at the 85-room award-winning boutique resort, including the resort’s signature restaurant JORY.
Oregon-born Chef Strong comes to The Allison Inn & Spa with over 30 years of culinary experience under his belt and most recently held the position as Executive Chef at the 453-room JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. During his tenure, he was awarded the coveted Culinary Excellence of the Americas by Marriott. Chef Strong previously held positions at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa where he was honored with a James Beard nomination for Best Chef Southwest and co-authored the cookbook, The New Native American Cuisine. He began his career in the Culinary Arts Program at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.
Commenting on the news of his appointment, Chef Strong said, “I’ve long admired the innovative culinary team at The Allison, and I’m thrilled to be amongst such talent and passion in Oregon Wine Country. From the bountiful Chef’s Garden and greenhouse to working with local Oregon partners, you can feel the importance of collaboration and honor at The Allison, and I look forward to embracing this blend of atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest.”
Chef Strong will work with integral leaders at The Allison Inn including Master Gardener and Resident Beekeeper, Anna Ashby and Wine Director, Brian Cook to elevate menus and the dining experience for guests.
“It’s an honor to welcome Chef Strong to our culinary team,” says General Manager, Percy Brandon. “His passion and creativity complement our culinary philosophy at The Allison, and we’re pleased to have him lead our team to the next phase of our dining offerings.”
The Allison Inn & Spa’s JORY culinary team sources the freshest and most vibrant ingredients from the on-property Chef’s Garden and greenhouse. For guests searching for an intimate dining experience, the Chef’s Table – adjacent to the glass-enclosed kitchen – serves 2-10 people, and a private dining room seating up to 12 guests, are available for dinner parties. The JORY menu is complete with an extensive 500-label wine list.