Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hat's Off to Paul Qui, Top Chef

Congratulations to Austin's, Paul Qui, named Top Chef of the ninth season of the Emmy-winning series on Bravo TV.

Chicago chef Sarah Gruenberg placed second to Paul in the finale at the Black & Blue restaurant in Vancouver.

In an 11th hour reveal of fan text votes, Paul was overwhelmingly favored by viewers. But the show's editors did a good job of faking us out. Right up to the announcement of the winner, it appeared that Gruenberg and her kitchen crew were eating his lunch.

Maybe this was due to the overall consistency of his performance in a  contest that took chefs and viewers from a hell-ish Texas summer to snowy British Columbia.

Qui won six out of the 12 elimination challenges, a car and a trip to Costa Rica. He'll take home an additional $125,000 as the overall winner.

According to Addie Broyles, Austin Statesman food writer, Mr. Qui trained under Uchi chef Tyson Cole before taking the reins at Cole's second restaurant, Uchiko. He also runs several Asian street food trailers called East Side King.
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