Chef Richard McPeake (a.k.a Educator of "Que", Sultan of Smoke) is a professional chef of 35 years. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. He was awarded the 2008 Presidents Award from the American Culinary Federation for his efforts in promoting and teaching the spirit of barbecue.
When he is not competing, Chef McPeake teaches cooking, smoking and grilling classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS (MBQI-Midwest Barbecue Institute) and at Smoke N' Fire® BBQ & Fireplace Store. His signature class is the Art of Smokology® and Backyard Grilling 101. He is ONE of the TOP instructors in the greater Kansas City Area and
Chef Richard has taught over 700 classes with over 15,000 students in the past 11 year at The Culinary Center of Kansas City and Smoke n Fire. He has over 65 different Grilling and Smoking, from 2 hour to 4 hour demonstration classes to 4 hour "hands-on classes. Chef Richard specializes in teaching the Art of Smokology and BBQ. Together Chef Richard and Laura O'Rourke have formed the Midwest Barbecue Institute at the Culinary Center of Kansas City in downtown Old Overland Park. To find ALL Chef Richard's classes just go to BBQ Classes and click on the link for the CCKC Classes or on the Smoke N Fire Class link.
His Rib Stars Rub Me Tender Rubs have won several awards for Mild and Hot rubs in 2010-2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2004 - 2003 including First Place at the 2004 American Royal in hot rub category. All of RibStars BBQ Rubs are "MSG Free!"
Chef Richard's NEW Simply BACKYARD BARBECUING from Grilling to Smoking is On Sale Now!
About Rib Stars
Chef McPeake has been competing off and on for 20 years. He was a team member on the Grand Champion Commercial Division Team of the American Royal. (1982) Competing with 7 other chefs from Gilbert Robinson under the name Sam Wilson's Meat Market a local chain of BBQ restaurants during the late 70's early 80's. Richard coninued to compete for 4 more years winning several awards at the American Royal each year. Then the restaurant opening schedules became to much to keep competing and Chef McPeake called it quits in 1987!
Fast forward to 1997 American Royal, about three months before that, his good friend Bruce Campbell talked to him about possibly cooking in the Royal, McPeake's first comments were "no way, been there done that!", Bruce continue to discuss the subject and Chef McPeake was talked out of retirement by his good BBQ buddy, Bruce Campbell (F.B.G.) Together they formed the name RIB STARS!
Chef McPeake has build the name RIB STARS BBQ into a registered tradmark BBQ business, selling cookbooks and a successful line of RIB STARS Rub Me Tender® Dry rubs, Award Winners 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for both Mild and hot rub. His Rib Rub won 1st place at the 2004 American Royal Sauce & Rub contest for "Best" Hot rub!
RIB STARS is now entering its 15 year of competition, there have been good years and bad years! But in the last 9 years the RIB STARS team has won over 200 awards while only competing in an average of 4 contest a year.
The team only travels as far as one hour outside of of the Kansas city Area.
Together Bruce & Richard have been teaching Art of Smokology classes and Grilling classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City in Overland Park (MBQI-Midwest barbecue Instittue) they have taught over 700 classes teaching over 15,000 students in the Art of Smoking and Grilling.
A True success story about friends, having hobbies and a true "love" for the ART!