His previous experience in the phoenix valley was as chef de cuisine at Kai restaurant, Arizona's only AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes 5 Star rated fine-dining establishment at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, and as sous chef at The Phoenician's Windows on the Green Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Chef Strong has participated in national and local events such as the living Earth Festival at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. in a head to head cooking challenge using a secret indigenous ingredient "battle heirloom tomato". An all Native Food and Wine dinner in Santa Fe NM., hosted by the Santa Fe Indian Market. The Rez Kitchen Tour that is an all native foods driven competition and represented tribal foods in Hong Kong as a guest chef.
In 2008 he was nominated for the James Beard Award long list, "Best Chef: Southwest."
He is a Co-author of The New Native American Cuisine: Five-Star Recipes from the Chefs of Arizona's Kai Restaurant.