Tuffy Stone is a classically trained French chef, television personality, and accomplished pitmaster. He’s also one of the most successful competitors on the professional barbecue circuit. Tuffy is the head cook on the team "Cool Smoke” and 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 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 the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in 2013 and 2015 and 1st Place in Whole Shoulder at the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship. In 2015, Tuffy took home the top prize in competition barbecue, winning Grand Champion at the Kingsford Invitational.
Tuffy also co-owns four Q Barbeque restaurants in Richmond, VA. He recently opened a fifth restaurant, Rancho T, in April 2015. He has been a judge and host on the Destination America reality television show BBQ Pitmasters from 2009 - 2015.
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