2024 Dancers

Chef Henry Wesley III

Chef came to Louisville in 2008 & went to school for Psychology at the University of Louisville, upon graduating he was on a mission to make people happier in life. Having worked in a resaurant while attending college, he was determined to put smiles on faces either in an office or with his food and he decided he could probably reach way more people in a restaurant than by appointment in an office deciding to dedicate his time fully to his culinary craft. Chef Wesley's cooking style would be best described as Upscale Casual Southern Inspired food made using French Tech Techniques with a focus on Steaks and Chops. He was inspired to cook at a young age by his father Henry Wesley Jr. who was self-taught from necessity being one of 5 children and the only boy, he was seldom allowed in the kitchen as a child with his dirty shoes and worn slacks still muddy from playing in the yard all day. Chef would often spend time on the weekends with his father watching Emeril Lagasse on the television then taking trips to the grocery trying to replicate the dishes often quite successfully.

Chef has recently joined the team at Belle Noble Restaurant Group as the Executive Chef of Le Moo where he is able to demonstrate his craft at the highest level and help create fond memories for the people of Louisville. Chef is very excited to participate in Lets Dance Louisville to break out of his comfort zone and have yet another opportunity to do what he loves most make people smile. "This is an amazing chance to raise some money for an amazing organization that is working every day to make sure people are fed in the area, how could I not want to be a part of that!"

Notable Accolades and Charitable Contributions:

Chefs for Hope (KY Popstart) 2019

Harvest for Hope Organizing Chef (7 Counties Services Bellewood and Brooklawn) 2017

Bourbon and Bowties (Nortons Children's Hospital) 2018

March of Dimes 2021

Kentucky Prostart Chef Advisory Council 2020

Kuntuckiana Egg Fest Chopped Champion (2018, 2022)

Buy Local Fest Chopped Champion 2022, 2023 (Recipe to End Hunger)

Best East End Restaurant The Village Anchor 2017

Louisville Tourism Rose Award Winner, Behind the Scenes, 2016

FSR Magazine 32 Rising Restaurant Stars, 2019

James Beard Chefs Boot Camp for Advocacy and Change Alumni 2022

Louisville Black Chef Showcase, Founder, 2023

Children's Champion Award, Bellewood and Brooklawn, 2022

Food and Beverage Leader of the Year, First Hospitality, 2023