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Bravotv.com: Did you do anything special while you were at home before the finale to prepare?
Paul Qui: Not really, just got back into the groove of Uchiko. Being on Top Chef, is just like being in a restaurant during a hectic service. Never assume anything.
Bravotv.com: Were there any sous-chefs that you had wish you’d gotten that you didn’t?
PQ: Not at all. I loved my whole crew.
Bravotv.com: It seemed a little dicey with Barbara Lynch at first — how were you able to turn it around?
PQ: I was intimidated at first to work with such an accomplished chef. She's just a really cool person and we got along.
Bravotv.com: Emeril made a point to bring up Restaurant Wars before you started cooking/serving. Did that have an impact on how you approached this challenge?
PQ: Absolutely. I hate failing, but it's also the best time to learn.
Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration behind each of your courses?
PQ: I wanted to orchestrate at meal that represented my style of cooking, using the freshest ingredients Vancouver has to offer. So I stuck with a lot of seafood, eggs and fruit.
Paul, congrats man. You deserve it. I'm glad we got a winner we could be proud of. Sarah may cook good food but she has an ugly personality that didn't deserve to hold the title. You have to be able to treat people with respect and Sarah seemed unable to do that. Thankfully your food won the day (because obviously this isn't a popularity contest until fan-favorite is crowned and food decides the winner).
I feel the better all around chef won here tonight. I'm sure you're so proud of what you've accomplished and I wish you all the best in the future. Good luck and congrats!
Congratulations to Paul. You deserved to win Top Chef. You proved all season that you are the best, winning most of the challenges. You truly seem like a nice humble youn man. Good Luck in your future endevors.
Texas is so proud of you. I am in San Antonio and we think you are great. Texas needs more people like you. Chefs need to ban together in Texas. Get it across that Texas has talent.
LOVE YOU PAUL - this brought Austin up, and brought Austin out of Tex Mex mediocrity on the national stage. We are long time Uchi lovers (Tyson- YOU made Austin a foodie place) and Paul devotees....CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Congrats! Felicidades! The "Top" chef won Top Chef. Your food, personality and lack of "ugliness" truly make you TOP Chef! Enjoy! Best of luck in all you do. blessings.
lol...did you guys go over the budget that the two finalists had to use plastic cups in the waiting room? lol......anyhoo, well deserved win for Paul. Possibly the richest top chef winner to date.....
As a fellow Texan I have to say congrats to Paul for a much deserved win. So impressed to see a chef who is truly genuine and humble take home the coveted title. He was my favorite from the beginning of the season and was always consistent and ingenious w/his dishes. Well deserved Paul!!!!
Congratulations Paul! You deserve it! Sarah, pls you need to go back to your family home to learn values like humility, respect and kindness. Again all the best to my favorite Top Chef Paul!
Paul not only were you an awesome chef, but you were a good person this whole season. Congratulations! Can't wait to see you progress in the future.
Congratulations Paul! You really deserved this win. All season long you have been a class act and I'm glad to see it paid off for you. Now I can keep watching TC, because I was seriously going to quit if Sarah won. You showed everyone that you don't have to have a nasty personality or be rude and condescending to be a good chef. Congrats again.
SOOOOO glad Paul won!! He's humble and a truly nice guy. Sarah bitched and moaned all season. She hated Bev and she could never be happy for anyone else. It's so obvious in the finale the difference in the personalities of the two. A great personality wins in life! Congratulations Paul!!!
Not sure where my comment went, but I said basically the same as Jack. Sarah's attitude stunk. Paul is humble and nice. I jumped up when he won!!! The finale showed her face whenever Paul was complimented and she was annoyed. There's that "entitlement" so common in America.
YES PAUL, I AM SO, SO HAPPY THAT YOU WON TOP CHEF!! YOU REALLY DESERVED IT. YOU WORKED VERY HARD FROM THE BEGINNING AND YOU SHOW ALOT OF HUMILITY. UNLIKE YOUR OPPONENT, SARAH HAS A VERY NASTY, MEAN PERSONALITY. GOD GIVES TO THOSE HE KNOWS DESERVE. CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU HAVE MADE YOUR FAMILY AND AUSTIN VERY PROUD OF YOU. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU IN ALL YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS. I AM ECSTATIC THAT YOU DID IT!! I KNEW YOU HAD IT IN YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS AND IT WAS A PLEASURE WATCHING YOU COOK!!
The Philippines is proud of you Paul! Congratulations! Hope you can have time to show your cooking skills when you come to Manila.
To add to an amazing talent, also a wonderful human being. Can't wait to go to Uchiko! From the beginning you had me at: I am from Austin! and my whole family was rooting for you from..... AUSTIN! Way to represent! Austin rocks! The best place in the world to live, work and play. See you soon at UCHIKO! Texas, Texas!! YEehaaa!!!!
Love Top Chef!! Can't wait for the next series. These young chefs are amazing. I cried at the end of last season but didn't get so emotional this season. Keep up the wonderful shows Mrs. Hamlin
¡Paul you're the best! ¡I'am so happy you made it! ¡All the best for you!
From Puerto Rico with love.
Extremely glad Paul won. I did not like Sarah at all, because of how she & Heather treated Beverly. They are 2 sloppy bullies IMO. Way to go Paul!!!
In the immortal words of Vince Young...the victory's coming home all the way to Austin, Texas, baby! Yeah, Paul! I can't wait to try Uchiko!
Loved your interview. You come across so wonderfully. Bravo, to you young man! You have brought home the Bacon to Texas! Stand Tall Young Man.
Congratulations - my son and I have been rooting for you since the beginning, ourselves being bred, born and raised Texans we wanted you to win Top Chef TEXAS!!! We live in the TX Hill Country so if we get to Austin (if anyone can get in, now that you are famous) we'll stop by your restuarant. Couldn't be prouder that a TEXAN won!! You deserved it and what a great family you have too!
Paul showed humility, common sense, intelligence, and friendliness throughout this series. He learned from his mistakes each week, and it really showed at the end. I can't recall in any of his interview spots that he EVER said anything negative about his fellow contestants. Unlike some of the women whose behavior was embarrassing, most particular in their treatment of Beverly. Ganging up on one person is a female trait and it's something that, as a woman, I find reprehensible. The best chef, and certainly the nicest one, won. Congratulations, Paul. I wish I lived in Austin!
Although we would have liked a Kentucky win, you absolutely were the best chef. Ditto to all of the other comments. My husband said that if Sara won, he would never watch Top Chef again! Congratulations!
Austin is soooo PROUD of you Paul!!! You deserved to win by staying true to the philosophy by which you cook. Paul, you were our favorite but not b/c you are an Austinite. You were not an A-Hole at any time and you personified everything a Top Chef should be: knowledeagable, skillful and intelligent. You won my wife over with your humbleness too! Now, I guess we'll get on the reservation wait list at Uchiko to check out your skills in person... Congrats man!!!
CONGRATS!!!!! Paul,your wonderful talent and humble personality won. I am a HUGE fan of topchef . This season was hard to take at times,the ugly personalities we had to endure.You've kept me as a viewer,good will always conquer evil and in the end you proved that.Thanks for being a delight to watch this season
Team Paul!!!!!! So excited for you! It will now be impossible to get into uchiko, but at least I can still have my beet fries @ east side kings!!
Congratulations Paul on a great job at Top Chef. You are a great chef and I can see you care very much about those around you. Welcome back to Texas and good luck in the future!!
Congratulations Paul on a very well deserved win!I was rooting for you all along. You showed not only great talent but also class, composure, good manners, and kindness throughout the competition. Sarah, Lindsay and Heather are such horrible people, mean spirited, cruel, and full of themselves; they did not deserve to win just for that. The best chef all around did win. I am sure you made your parents proud!
If Beverly couldn't be in the finale, then I am so happy Paul won. Sarah didn't deserve to be in the finale after her cop-out in the semi-final elimination challenge. Paul has great talent and very much deserves his winning!
Congratulations, Paul! This is the first time both my husband I have ever shown so much enthusiasm for the Top Chef winner. We both jumped up and threw our hands in the air, haha! Can't wait to try out Uchiko in Austin one of these days we're there :D. Much love from Texas!!!
Way to bring it home!!! Austin is sooooo PROUD of you Paul! You derserve the win by staying true to yourself and personified everything a Top Chef should. You won us over with your "laid-back, Austin attitude" and your crazy cooking skills! We have never been to Uchiko, but I guess we'll have to change that now and get on their reservation wait list... lol Again, CONGRATS on the well deserved win! Texas has many awesome chefs and it was cool to see all of ya'll cookin' in DFW, SA and Austin! Good luck in all of your future endeavors. We are excited to see where you go from here!
From here in Houston, congratulations, Paul! You were definitely my pick for the season; your food was amazing and your personality stood out among all the ugliness that was going on around you. You are a real class act; keep up the good work.
Congrats Paul on your well deserved win. The way you remained humble and true to your roots was a great testiment to your character. You were my pick from the the first episode. Really proud that you kept the title in the the Great Stste of Texas.
Congratulations Paul! You are truely the best! Though you have it, you are very humble all throughout! So proud of you!
Congratulations! You are amazing -my fav from the start and I rooted for you all season. I'm so impressed with your respect for others and choosing to stay out of the drama - a true gentleman.
I have to admit that I recorded the finale and watched the results first to make sure that you won! After that I could relax and watch with enjoyment - if Sarah had won, I would've deleted the tape and spent my time elsewhere.
Your parents are so proud of you - I loved watching your dad celebrate your success.
Love, love, love you - all the best to you!
First, congratuations Paul! You won and deserved it!
That being said, from watching the TV comments, it seemed like more positive comments came to Sarah. Also your second course of the egg dish was not great like the first. If that were served to me ... but that is TV and that is life in the restaurant.
I have been wrong several times. Seems like they like dishes then they pick the other person.
if they looked at your whole body of work, you outcooked Sarah.
She was on a hot streak and it did not stop for the finale.
You had some amazing dishes and I guess without tasting them, I don't know the taste, etc.
Don't let my comments rattle you. It is just conversation.
The judges know far greater than I.
p.s. You were my second favorite behind Ed. More personality, not ethniticity.
Congratulations, Chef! It was a treat to see you be so consistently creative throughout the season and also be so generous and respectful of other people in the kitchen, too. You seem like a nice guy who finished first, and that's a great message for all of us! Good luck to you and know that so many thousands of us are going to be watching you and waiting for an opportunity to eat your food!
So glad that Paul won!!! My husband and I are both avid viewers of TC but this one really got under our skin - so many contestants just out for blood where Bev was concerned! The 2 girls who made it to the end were among the worst! Like some others, we considered not watching any more if someone with those values would have won...they did everything they could to throw her under the bus and couldn't even be human when she was finally cut. Paul, you did a great job and had a really good attitude!
Paul you made your parents PROUD!!!! You deserved it all the way around. You are a complete gentleman. Was rooting for you all the way
Congrats, Paul! You truly deserved to finish on a high note! My whole family was rooting for you every inch of the way. You made Top Chef looks so classy and I truly like your humility in spite of all your winnings! You made another Filipino proud! I hope to taste your food someday when I get the chance to come to Texas! Cheers to the new Top Chef, a well deserve winner!!!!