'Top Chef' favorites win big for their regional restaurants.

May 8, 2012 - The Dish0

Paul Qui and Hugh Acheson Win James Beard Awards

In what are essentially the Oscars of the cooking world, two Bravo chefs won big at the 2012 James Beard Awards on Monday night as Top Chef Masters contender (and Bravo blogger!) Hugh Acheson and Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui both took home prestigious honors.

Acheson, the sly-eyed Canadian-turned-southerner who has embraced the cooking of the region took home the Regional Chef Award for the Southeast category, for his restaurant Five and Ten in Athens, GA. Just days earlier, Acheson also won a James Beard Foundation Award for his cookbook A New Turn in the South.

Qui, who earlier this year showed his culinary prowess on Top Chef's tour through Texas, was honored for his Southwest-district restaurant Uchiko in Austin, TX. Watch below as Paul takes home the trophy:

 

2 comments
Cindy1963
Cindy1963

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH HUGH AND PAUL!!! I AM SO GLAD YOU BOTH WON BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF HUGH ACHESON WHEN I SAW HIM ON TOP CHEF MASTERS AND THEN BEING A JUDGE ON TOP CHEF. HE SAYS IT LIKE IT IS WITH HIS OWN FLARE.

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF TOP CHEF 9, I SAID THAT PAUL WAS GOING TO BE THE WINNER. HE WAS QUIET AND HE DID WHAT HE WENT THERE TO DO-COOK! AS THE SEASON PROGRESSED AND I SAW HOW "UGLY" SOME OF THE CONTESTANTS GOT WITH THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE OTHER CHEFS, I REALLY, REALLY WANTED HIM TO WIN. WHEN HE BEAT SARAH (I CRY AT EVERY LITTLE THING) GRUENEBERG I WENT CRAZY! I WAS SO HAPPY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE IS VERY HUMBLE AND HE NEVER GOT INVOLVED IN ANY OF THE JEALOUSY OR DISLIKE THAT OTHER PEOPLE DID. IT IS TRUE WHAT BEVERLY SAID ABOUT KARMA-WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND IT DID FOR BOTH SARAH AND HEATHER. WAY TO GO CHEF PAUL, I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS IN WHAT I KNOW WILL BE A LONG AND REWARDING CAREER. YOUR FAMILY MUST BE VERY PROUD!! ONCE AGAIN, NICE GOING CHEF HUGH AND CHEF PAUL!!