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Siletz Tribal member and executive chef Jack Strong won an Iron Chef-style cooking competition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. July 22.
It was part of the annual museum’s annual Living Earth Festival. Strong is executive chef at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. He competed against Chef Rob Kinneen (Tlingit), preparing six dishes in one hour – two appetizers, three entrées and one dessert. Each dish had to include heirloom tomatoes.
“In competitions like this, there are always unforeseen challenges,” Strong said. At various times there were problems with power, his refrigerator did not work, and the two competitors had to share a four-burner stove top, “so I used the charcoal grill for a lot of boiling and cooking, more than just grilling,” he said.
Strong has worked at Chinook Winds since 2010. Before that, he worked at AAA 4 and 5 Diamond restaurants in Arizona and Washington, and is the co-author of the book The New Native American Cuisine: Five-Star Recipes from the Chefs of Arizona’s Kai Restaurant. “This is a great event supporting sustainability and awareness of current eco-issues,” Strong said. “The NMAI is a beautiful museum that provided great exhibits and events like dancing, music, demonstrations and a farmers market. (Read full article)
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