Stone Age: Convention center sous chef cooking for Mick and Keith

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Richard Arnold, sous chef at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center will be cooking for the Rolling Stones.

Joed Viera

Richard Arnold will be spending part of his summer vacation with Mick, Keith, Charlie and Woody.

Arnold, 45, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center sous chef will lead the culinary team cooking for the Rolling Stones and their touring crew when the legendary band plays a July 25 concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

Arnold was tabbed by Whose Catering Inc. of New York, who is handling the backstage cooking needs for the Stones. Whose Catering is run by Buffalo native Jeff Miller, who grew up and worked with Arnold. In fact, Arnold’s sister, Rebecca, works for Whose Catering.

Arnold's resume includes serving on the culinary team handling NASCAR, the Masters golf tournament, the Kentucky Derby. Before joining the convention center staff three years ago, he worked for the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings.

But, this is the Rolling Stones – rock music royalty.

“But, they aren’t the first celebrity I’ve cooked for,” Arnold said. “Other people are more excited than I am. I suppose once I get there, the excitement may kick in.”

While the final menu has yet to be determined, Arnold does know that fresh salads will be one of the major items he prepares.

“I’m told they want a lot of fresh, healthy foods,” he said. “It will be interesting to see what they (the Stones) eat.”

Arnold also knows it will be a long day.

The culinary team has to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and post-concert meals for as many as 500 people.

Arnold grew up in the kitchen, beginning work as a young teenager for his father, Jamie’s, Glorious Foods catering business.

The Stones gig comes as Arnold is part of the team opening Fig Tree Patisserie, set to open next week at 3068 Delaware Ave. in Kenmore. Fig Tree will offer fresh-baked pastries, vegan baked goods and specialty cakes among other items.

And, Arnold still has his “day job” at the convention center.

“Yes, I’m a little busy,” he said.

 

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