Tuffy Stone is many things: a World Record-breaking champion pitmaster, a former Marine, a classically-trained chef, a businessman and an occasional reality television star. Dubbed “The Professor”, Tuffy’s legendary precision and obsession with the science of smoke make him one of the most influential people in barbecue. Originally trained in French culinary technique at La Maisonette, Tuffy has been on the Richmond culinary landscape since 1986. After founding one of the mid-Atlantic’s most successful special events companies, A Sharper Palate, with wife Leslie, Tuffy was looking to reconnect with his culinary instincts and challenged himself to learn an entirely new cuisine. In 2004, Tuffy attended his first barbecue competition and found himself hooked. Though early cooks were humbling, to say the least, Tuffy redoubled his efforts and gradually became one of the most formidable competitors on the circuit. He has earned Grand Champion titles in nearly every major barbecue competition including back-to-back wins at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, Grand Champion at the 2015 Kingsford Invitational, and his history making run at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational. In 2016, Tuffy and his Cool Smoke BBQ Team made history at The Jack, becoming the only team to ever win the contest three times and the only team to take home back to back top prizes. In addition to his place atop the competition barbecue circuit, Tuffy served as a judge for Destination America’s Barbecue Pitmasters for 5 seasons, traveled the world, including cooking for the troops in Kuwait and teaching classes at Meatstock in Australia and New Zealand, and cooked twice at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. On May 15, 2018, Tuffy will release his highly-anticipated first ever cookbook, Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue from St. Martin’s Press.
Team Members: Chief Pitmaster Tuffy Stone, George Stone (Tuffy’s Father), and occasionally his wife, friends & others.
2018 Memphis in May Barbecue World Championship: 2nd Place Shoulder
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 three locations in Virginia, including Midlothian, Glen Allen, and Hull Street. All 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.