Tuffy Stone is a classically trained French chef, television personality and accomplished pitmaster who can be considered the most successful guy on the competitive barbecue circuit over the last few years. He is a judge and host on the Destination America reality television show BBQ Pitmasters since 2009. Tuffy is the head cook on the team “Cool Smoke” and co-owns four Q Barbeque restaurants in Richmond, VA. He recently opened a fifth restaurant, Rancho T, in April 2015. Before his success on the competition barbecue scene, Tuffy was best known as one of the premiere caterers in Virginia as the co-owner and proprietor of A Sharper Palate Catering, a top rated catering and events firm in Richmond. He has earned Grand Champion titles in nearly every major barbecue competition on the circuit. In 2013 Stone took home two World Champion titles while only cooking eight contests and he followed up in 2014 with another World Championship title, winning the American Royal Open. That year he also won 1st Runner Up at the Houston Live Stock and Rodeo World Championship, and took 2nd place in ribs at Memphis in May. Tuffy has won contests all over the country, including back to back wins at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, Grand Champion at 2013 Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, and First Place in Whole Shoulder at the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship to name a few. Most recently, Tuffy took home the top prize in competition barbecue, winning Grand Champion at the 2015 Kingsford Invitational.
Team Members: Chief Pitmaster Tuffy Stone, George Stone (Tuffy’s Father), and occasionally his wife, friends & others.
2017 Memphis in May Barbecue World Championship: 3rd Place Shoulder & 4th Place Overall
Coming off huge success in the competition barbecue circuit, Tuffy Stone opened Q Barbeque in Richmond, Va., with the intention of serving better barbecue for everybody. Q Barbeque combines unique, award-winning flavors and an inviting atmosphere. Stone’s passion for outstanding barbeque while competing has translated into the thoughtful way he prepares his meat and utilizes the smoke to bring out the true flavor at Q Barbeque. Mouthwatering meat isn’t the only thing Q Barbeque boasts; guests get a taste of authentic, down-home comfort food with side dishes and desserts including corn pudding straight off the cob, pineapple hot dish, hush puppies, banana pudding and a variety of homemade pies. Q Barbeque has grown to a total of four locations in Virginia, including Midlothian, Glen Allen, Short Pump and Hull Street. All four restaurant locations are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more menu and location information, visit the Q Barbeque website or connect on Facebook or Twitter.
In 1993, three partners met at a converted doughnut shop in Richmond, Va. envisioning bringing an upscale, expertly-crafted catering service to the area. Spearheaded by Tuffy and Leslie Stone, A Sharper Palate has developed to one of the largest catering companies in Richmond. Mission-driven, the company focuses on quality, fresh ingredients and exceptional customer service. In addition to beautifully prepared food and beverages, A Sharper Palate can curate any element of an event from the décor to tenting, rentals, staff and entertainment. For menus and pricing, visit A Sharper Palate Events & Catering’s website and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.