Born in 1958 in Rutherford, New Jersey, Gary Strehl graduated with honors from the CIA, then apprenticed in New York City at Tavern on the Green, Sign of the Dove and Maxwell’s Plumb. He then trained and worked his way up the kitchen ladder at Regent International Hotels in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
He was working as executive sous chef for the Rockefeller’s Rock Resorts at the Kapalua Bay Hotel on Maui, Hawaii when Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki hired him as their executive chef. In 1995, the Great Chefs television crew showed up at the Prince Hotel to tape Chef Strehl for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of Hawaii television series.
He returned to the mainland to work at the Lenfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC, then into operations at Crestline Hotels before becoming general manager for the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011. In 2012, he moved back to the Washington, DC area to become executive chef of the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel where he remains today in 2016.