Tuffy Stone

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Tuffy Stone
Born Lynchburg, Virginia
Spouse(s) Leslie Stone
Culinary career
Cooking style Barbecue
Website
www.coolsmokebarbeque.com

George "Tuffy" Stone is an American chef and competitor on the competitive barbecue circuit. He has appeared on the Destination America reality television show BBQ Pitmasters. He runs the team "Cool Smoke" and owns a barbecue restaurant chain called "Q Barbeque". His nickname is "The Professor".

Early life[edit]

Stone was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and named George after his father. His mother nicknamed him "Tuffy" at the age of two. He attended an all boys prep school and afterwards considered attending East Carolina University on a running scholarship, but instead joined the United States Marine Corps for four years. He worked primarily in aviation engineering on McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets. After leaving the Marines, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University.[1]

Culinary career[edit]

Stone began his culinary career whilst working under Alain Vincey in 1987 at Vincey's restaurant La Maisonette in Richmond, Virginia. He left the restaurant in 1991, and in November 1993 he started his own catering company alongside his wife, called "A Sharper Palate". He founded his barbecue team "Cool Smoke" in 2004,[2][3] and cooks alongside his father George.[4] He describes himself as a traditional wood burner, and tends to use hickory wood in his smoking.[5] Stone and his team compete on the competitive barbecue circuit.[6][7] He owns a Virginian based local chain barbecue restaurant called "Q Barbeque".[8][9]

He was the Grand Champion of the 2006 Albertsville competition, which was organized by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.[5] In 2010, he was named Grand Champion of the Maryland State BBQ Championship.[10] The same year, he appeared on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters.[11] He became a judge on the show in season three, when the show was moved to the Destination America cable channel. He joined Myron Mixon who returned from judging on season two, having previously appeared with Stone in season one, with the pair being joined by Aaron Franklin.[12] Stone served as a judge at the Kingsford Invitational where the winners of eight major barbecue competitions were invited to compete for a grand prize of $50,000. The event was won by Melissa Cookston and her "Yazoo's Delta Q" team.[13] Tuffy's team Cool Smoke won the 2013 Jack Daniel's Invitational BBQ competition in Lynchburg, TN on October 26, 2013. [14] [15]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Leslie, and together they have a son named Sam. Tuffy and Leslie met when they both worked at the Strawberry Cafe in Richmond, Virginia.[1] He is nicknamed "The Professor".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "In the Kitchen with Tuffy Stone". Taste of the South. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cool Smoke Story". Cool Smoke Barbeque. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet Tuffy Stone". TLC. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Nicholson, David (11 October 2011). "Tuffy Stone and his barbecue team bring home awards". Daily Press. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Taste". Gadsden Times. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Shahin, Jim (7 September 2010). "BBQ Calendar". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Eaton, Lorraine (7 September 2009). "The competitive side of cooking low and slow". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Q Story (Part 2)". Q Barbeque. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Harris, Al (8 November 2010). "Tuffy Stone puts the ‘Q’ in our Monday Q&A". Richmond Biz Sense. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "10th Annual Maryland State BBQ Bash Returns to Downtown Bel Air August 12-13". Dagger Press. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Weekend of BBQ, Bluegrass, and Panhandle Fun is Here!". PR Web. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (4 April 2012). "Discovery Communications unveils new net: Destination America to launch in 59.5 mil homes starting Memorial Day". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Goldwyn, Meathead (20 November 2012). "World's Best Pitmaster? Hint: There's Lipstick On That Pig!". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/tuffy.stone?directed_target_id=0
  15. ^ https://attachment.fbsbx.com/file_download.php?id=751385078221778&eid=ASuBQoe9nofl72uACr0L8KBaYqZ1UQSvhGKQnyyOoe1Rt-00wnVtOqEQuhjOdN5gbCU&inline=1&ext=1383059730&hash=AStqyvXxrWjonpHV