Paul Qui Is So Hot Right Now

Esquire names Qui "Chef of the Year"

photo by john anderson

We sometimes wonder if Paul Qui practices his cross-armed pose in front of a mirror in preparation for the next photo shoot. We're sure it helps to have a Blue Steel when the national press has your number on speed dial.

It's not a huge surprise that Esquire would be interested in Qui's really, really, ridiculously good cooking, but we're still happy when our homegrown heroes get a nod. And in this case, the nod is a big one. The men's magazine has named Qui its Chef of the Year in its reworked – and renamed – American Food and Drink Awards.

According to Josh Ozersky, "Qui is a true sui generis talent, and none of his work—currently on display in his fantastic new restaurant, called Qui—is easily classified. He uses tweezers, but he's not a tweezer chef. He cooks large blocks of weighty beef, all salt and sizzle and rugged oomph, but his new place is no meatery. His vegetable dishes, like his "Ode to Michel Bras," a paean to the French salad guru, are marvels of delicacy and detailed composition, but he doesn't claim to be Mr. Seasonality."

Mr. "Rugged Oomph," however, does have a ring to it.

Sign up for the Chronicle Cooking newsletter

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

If you want to submit a recipe, send it to food@austinchronicle.com

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Paul Qui
Qui and Saukam Cook Up a Garden Party
Qui and Saukam Cook Up a Garden Party
Culinary couple host annual Umlauf fundraiser

Virginia B. Wood, April 21, 2015

Has  Winning 'Top Chef' Changed Paul Qui?
Has Winning 'Top Chef' Changed Paul Qui?
MM Pack sits in on the media star's first local cooking class

MM Pack, Sept. 5, 2012

More by Brandon Watson
My Obsession: Therapy With Nineties Supermodels
My Obsession: Therapy With Nineties Supermodels
Escape via the long gay tradition of diva worship

Sept. 15, 2017

Review: Holy Roller
Review: Holy Roller
The personal is edible at Callie Speer’s new hot spot

Sept. 8, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Paul Qui, Qui, Josh Ozersky, Esquire

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle