Josh Moore, Executive Chef and Partner at Volare Italian Ristorante knew that he wanted to be a chef as soon as he could reach his grandmother’s stove. Seven years later, at the age of fourteen, Josh was working in a professional kitchen. He started his career as the pastry assistant at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Louisville.
Josh’s creativity and strong work ethic helped boost his career into other top kitchens in the city, such as Porcini’s and Wildwood Country Club. Along the way, Chef Josh has cooked for Muhammad Ali, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Drea de Matteo, Micheal Imperioli, the Prince of Monaco and Coach Calipari and the entire 2012 UK Championship basketball team.
He has been Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef (a rare combo) at Volare since 2005. Through hard work and dedication, he became a partner in 2008.
“I love Volare from top to bottom; the front-of-house staff, kitchen staff, food quality and quality of the guests make this the best place to work.” Chef Josh explains.
Chef Josh’s passion for food starts with the food itself. He has a 10-acre working farm in Taylorsville, KY where he harvests vegetables spring through fall and serves them at Volare. He doesn’t leave his passion for cooking there. Chef Josh has a commercial-grade kitchen at home where his favorite things to cook are comfort foods like fried pork chops, International dishes, and Italian classics like homemade pasta and grilled pizza.
“I love what I do for a living, I never wake up and say ‘I don’t want to cook today’ it’s awesome to love what you do and be excited about it.”
For Chef Josh, cooking is a combination of creativity, artistry, skill and passion. He is very involved with philanthropy throughout the Louisville community, with organizations such as Kosair Children’s Hospital, Dare to Care and Guardia Care. Josh’s dedication to give back to the community, has also allowed him to work with March of Dimes since 2008 as the lead chef for their annual Signature Chef event, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Josh’s passion in the kitchen has afforded him many rare opportunities such as cooking at the James Beard House in New York City, being a regular on the television show Secrets of Louisville Chefs, serving on the board for the Kentucky Restaurant Association along with being chair-elect for 2014, and inclusion on the Business First Forty under 40 list in 2012.
Recently, Moore became a Brand Ambassador for Certified Angus Beef. This is a group composed of the finest chefs and restaurateurs around the world, who are all committed to serving the finest quality of beef. This opportunity has allowed the chef to work side-by-side with industry-renowned meat scientists and ranching professionals locally and across the country
For his last meal, Chef Josh would order a dry aged Certified Angus Beef rib eye, prepared to medium rare and a side of vegetables grown on his farm.
Josh is a Louisville native and father to four-year-old Gibson.