Meet the Chef: Bald Headed Bistro's Wesley True has 'Top Chef,' James Beard credentials

Wesley True is the new executive chef at Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland, Tenn. (Photo from Wesley True)

Wesley True, a native of Mobile, Alabama, two-time James Beard Award semifinalist and former sous chef under celebrity chef Bobby Flay, has returned to his Southern roots as Bald Headed Bistro's new executive chef. The restaurant, one of Cleveland's most-popular eateries, specializes in smoked meats, which happens to be one of True's favorite cooking methods.

"I have a passion for barbecue and take a lot of pride in it, so that I can create and serve a perfect smoky, tender piece of meat," he says, adding that even on his days off, he can be found utilizing his Big Green Egg smoker. "I cook on it every Sunday - even in the cold weather."

As a contestant on Bravo's Emmy Award-winning reality show "Top Chef," True showed his chops with his cooking skills and personality.