PROFESSION: Chef/Owner, qui restaurant and East Side King
CULINARY EDUCATION: Associate in Culinary from Le Cordon Bleu Austin
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Favorite simple dessert is Bananas Foster
Paul Qui is chef/proprietor at qui restaurant and East Side King, a group of food trailers and restaurants, in Austin, Texas. Born in Manila, Philippines and trained in classic French and Japanese cuisine, Paul takes a modernist approach towards food, where there are no boundaries. Paul learned to adapt traditional Japanese dishes with an eye towards local flavor, all while incorporating influences from South East Asian and European cuisine during his time in the kitchen at Uchi and Uchiko. Paul is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest 2012, winner of Top Chef Season 9, and winner of the San Pellegrino Cooking Cup 2013. Paul was named one of Food & Wine magazine's 2014 Best New Chefs and Top 10 Empire Builders of 2012.
The Latest from Paul
Qi to Success?
The judges deemed Paul's dishes better, but it's your turn to rate the finalists' plates as well as their prospective sous-chefs' dishes.
Which dishes left you in the cold?
Episode 17: Sarah Grueneberg and Paul Qui compete for the title of "Top Chef."
Fit for a Queen or Just Plain Mean?
Episode 11: Now's your turn to judge the spooky dishes the chefs made in Charlize Theron's honor.
Pee-wee or P.U.?!
Whose dishes were worthy of the T.V. legend?
Mentors at Work?
It's your time to decide which chefs' dishes made you proud.
Gold, Silver, or Bronze?
It's your turn to rate the final four's plates.