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Tuffy Stone

Barbecue Chef & Author of "Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue"

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Tuffy Stone Biography

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.

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Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue

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  • What are the speaker fees for Tuffy Stone

    Speaking fees for Tuffy Stone, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Tuffy Stone are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Tuffy Stone, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Tuffy Stone speak about?

    Tuffy Stone is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Where does Tuffy Stone travel from?

    Tuffy Stone generally travels from Richmond, VA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Tuffy Stone’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Tuffy Stone for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tuffy Stone for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Tuffy Stone or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Tuffy Stone Biography

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.

Tuffy Stone Videos

  • Pitmaster Tuffy Stone grills award-winning BBQ
    BBQ enthusiasts will be heading to the Kansas Speedway this weekend for the 39th American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Pitmaster Tuffy ...
  • Tips from Tuffy Stone
    Tuffy Stone knows a thing or two about barbeque. He`s judged and cooked in competitions, and now has some tips to share.
  • The Dish: Pitmaster Tuffy Stone
    World champion pitmaster Tuffy Stone founded his Cool Smoke barbecue team in 2004 and they've been on fire ever since, winning 40 grand ...

Tuffy Stone Books

FAQs on booking Tuffy Stone

  • How do I book Tuffy Stone to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Tuffy Stone for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Tuffy Stone, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Tuffy Stone or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Tuffy Stone

    Speaking fees for Tuffy Stone, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Tuffy Stone are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Tuffy Stone, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Tuffy Stone speak about?

    Tuffy Stone is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Where does Tuffy Stone travel from?

    Tuffy Stone generally travels from Richmond, VA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Tuffy Stone’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Tuffy Stone for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tuffy Stone for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Tuffy Stone or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Tuffy Stone is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tuffy Stone for your event is available upon request. Tuffy Stone generally travels from Richmond, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alon Shaya, Jim Meehan, Stella Parks, Edward Lee and Buddy Valastro. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tuffy Stone for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tuffy Stone Speaker Videos

  • Pitmaster Tuffy Stone grills award-winning BBQ
    BBQ enthusiasts will be heading to the Kansas Speedway this weekend for the 39th American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Pitmaster Tuffy ...
    Tips from Tuffy Stone
    Tuffy Stone knows a thing or two about barbeque. He`s judged and cooked in competitions, and now has some tips to share.
  • The Dish: Pitmaster Tuffy Stone
    World champion pitmaster Tuffy Stone founded his Cool Smoke barbecue team in 2004 and they've been on fire ever since, winning 40 grand ...
    Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke: BBQ Tips & Tricks presented by Big ...
    Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke BBQ talks about his championship chicken recipe at the King of the Smoker BBQ Invitational.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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