Paul Qui

Rabbit at Rest

Feb 22, 2017 By Patricia Sharpe

Paul Qui dispenses with pomp and pageantry at Kuneho, his ode to perfect bites and grateful smiles.

Paul Revered

Jul 15, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Paul Qui’s new Austin restaurant firmly establishes him as one of the state’s best chefs. And its most whimsical.

Paul Qui, Landlubber, Wins Cooking Contest on a Rocking, Rolling Boat

Jun 19, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

This past weekend, Austin chef Paul Qui, an admitted landlubber, braved wind and waves to win the San Pellegrino Cooking Cup, an international competition in which ten competing chefs from different countries prepare fancy food on moving boats in Venice, Italy. Despite looking a little dubious about the whole prospect…

Paul Qui to Curate Selection of Eateries for SXSW

Jan 18, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is embracing a much more prominent culinary element this year with SouthBites, a curated line-up of gourmet food trucks and trailers. Paul Qui, executive chef/owner of East Side King and the yet-to-be-opened Qui, is in charge of orchestrating the new event. According to the …

Paul Qui’s East Side King restaurant opens December 4

Nov 20, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Here’s another restaurant opening Austinites can add to their December dining list: East Side King, Paul Qui’s Asian-inspired street food concept, will open its newest location in the back building of Hole in the Wall on Tuesday, December 4. Photo taken by Christian Remde. This marks the fourth location…

Paul Qui’s New East Side King Truck Opens Thursday

Oct 9, 2012 By Layne Lynch

East Side King‘s new food truck will reopen at 6 p.m. on Thursday (October 11) at the Grackle with a revamped menu. “The food is surprisingly refined for a food truck,” Qui told TEXAS MONTHLY. “We have items like saba (mackerel), quail,…

Blind Houston Chef Wins MasterChef Competition

Sep 11, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Reality cooking shows have seen their fair share of Texas talent this past year. Earlier this spring, Austin’s Paul Qui was named the winner of Top Chef Texas. Now, Houston has its own culinary reality star: Christine Ha, a blind graduate student at the University of Houston. Last night on the finale of FOX’s…

Paul Qui Returns to Uchi Roots Next Week

Sep 6, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Paul Qui – the recent winner of Top Chef Texas and the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest – is currently working on his much-anticipated Austin restaurant projects, but that doesn’t mean he has completely forgotten his chef roots. From September 10-15, Qui will return to the Uchi…

Want to Cook and Chat with Paul Qui?

Jul 12, 2012 By Layne Lynch

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding former Uchiko chef Paul Qui these past few weeks regarding what’s next for the recent Top Chef victor. Qui officially announced he will reveal all the details of his next endeavor in a few weeks during a dinner…

What’s Next For Paul Qui? Only Qui Knows

Jun 19, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Ever since winning the Top Chef Texas crown, Paul Qui has been riding a wave of celebration, travel, and fame. For the past few months, the former Uchiko chef has been traveling the world to places like New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo, amongst numerous other destinations, while hungry patrons…

See Paul Win? See Paul Lose?

Feb 27, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

Will Uchiko’s Paul Qui be the big winner on the season nine finale of Top Chef: Texas this Wednesday, February 29? Or will he be the big loser? Keep your fingers crossed for our Austin boy. If you want to really get in the mood, drop by…

More Proof That Austin Is Smoking Hot!

Jan 27, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

There’s nothing like a bandwagon. No sooner did Food & Wine and Bon Appétit fall all over themselves to give Austin a whole lotta love than StarChefs.com (an online magazine for chefs and culinary insiders) decided to hold one of its four national awards ceremonies in…

Remember the Alamo, It’s “Top Chef: Texas” Time, Y’all!

Nov 2, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Virginia Sherwood, Bravo We heard the rumors that the show was coming (and that producers tried to shut down tweets about it). We've read about the state tax breaks and the lawsuit and the omission of our biggest (and completely food-rich) city, Houston. Now the day is finally here: Top Chef: Texas, the ninth season of the cooking competition show, premieres tonight. All the episodes will take place in Austin, Dallas or San Antonio; Paul Qui of Austin's Uchiko and Andrew Curran of Austin's 24 Diner are among the 29 "cheftestants." "Everything is bigger in Texas," writes TV Guide. "And that includes Top Chef." It also includes all the Texas cliches that we'll be seeing on the show ("Saddle Up," says one of Bravo.com's pop-up ads) and in the coverage of it. The premiere (and eight of the season's 14 episodes) takes place in San Antonio, which, as the Express-News' Jennifer McInnis notes, anted up $200,000 to the show's producers via its Convention and Visitor's Bureau (the state provided twice that). Give the producers points for wit, however: the season will feature Pee Wee Herman, whose Pee Wee's Big Adventure took him to the Alamo, as a guest judge. And that particular setting is probably appropriate given that the 29 competitors will shrink to 16 by the end of next week's episode. "It's going to be quite a slaughter there," says Eater Austin, while the Los Angeles Times compared the rapid cut-down to "[Rick] Perry and his state’s tough stance on final justice."