Cooking Class Series with Award Winning Chef at Montage

  • 04.21 - 05.19
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • 30801 South Coast Hwy.
  • Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Starting: 11:00 AM


Chef Craig Strong Teaches “Loving French Classics”, “Saucing It Up” and “Spices of Life”


LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – At Montage Laguna Beach this spring, attendees of special cooking classes will learn tricks of the trade, start mastering go-to recipes and have fun with acclaimed Chef Craig Strong, who has earned the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Rating for Studio for the last nine years. While overlooking the Pacific Ocean at this iconic luxury resort, cooking class students will participate in “Loving French Classics” in April, “Saucing It Up” in May and “Spices of Life” in June. To complete the experience, at the end of each cooking class, guests will enjoy a wine-paired lunch.

Details follow for current classes:


Loving French Classics

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.

For those not traveling to Paris this April, they can instead attend Loving French Classics to experience French favorites at home. Participants will start with composing everyone’s favorite French onion soup, followed by coq au vin and ending with impressive éclairs.


Saucing It Up

Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.

This class will reveal the prized secrets of sauce making, so students will have go-to sauces in their repertoire to deliciously top meat, seafood and vegetables. Participants will focus on basic meat sauces such as béarnaise and bordelaise, learn how to make beurre blanc for seafood and prepare the ever-popular hollandaise for vegetables and egg dishes.


Spices of Life

Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.

Learning how to choose and use spices in cooking favorite dishes is what Chef Craig Strong will be sharing at the Spices of Life cooking class. Participants will create their own version of a spice blend for shrimp, make a Thai green curry fish soup and prepare spicy chipotle chicken.


Cost for each class including a wine-paired lunch is $150, plus tax and gratuity. Class size is limited. Reservations are available by calling (949) 715-6420.


Since 2009, Strong has helmed the kitchen at Studio with its highly acclaimed modern, French cuisine with California influences. Under his leadership, Studio has achieved a Forbes Five-Star Rating for the last nine years and has earned Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Strong is the force behind the ever-changing à la carte menus, multi-course chef’s tasting menus and private dinners at the elegant Chef’s Table. He is also responsible for Studio’s 1,000-square-foot raised bed garden and uses its bounty in his every day cooking, especially in his innovative gourmet vegetarian tasting menu.


Where:  Studio

            30801 Coast Highway

            Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            (949) 715-6420



About Studio

Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Studio is Montage Laguna Beach’s Forbes Five-Star elegant, free-standing fine dining signature restaurant. Built in the Laguna Beach Craftsman-style, it serves ever-changing innovative Modern French Cuisine with California influences and has a working 1,000-square-foot raised bed garden. Studio is known for its tasting menus, impeccable, warm professional service, and Wine Spectator Grand Award wine program, comprised of approximately 2,500 selections with 30,000 bottles in inventory. Studio’s elegant Chef’s Table is available for special private dining.


About Montage Laguna Beach

Montage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage, toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit


About Montage Hotels & Resorts 

Montage Hotels & Resorts is the ultra-luxury hospitality management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman. Designed to serve the affluent and discerning traveler and homeowner, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings. Each Montage property offers comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. The portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences include: Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Montage Los Cabos, opening in 2018, and Montage La Quinta and Montage Healdsburg opening in 2020. Montage Hotels & Resorts is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, follow @montagehotels or visit