"...This post has been updated to include Paul Qui's statement about the incident...."
"...Best to get this confession out of the way, first thing. I'm probably the only food person in Austin who didn't watch Top Chef: Texas on Bravo last winter to root for hometown hero Paul Qui...."
"...The annual Garden Party at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum is always one of the loveliest outdoor events on the Austin social calendar. This year, Paul Qui and Deana Saukam of qui and East Side King are honorary co-chairs of the event, bringing a chic, playful element to the festivities...."
"...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...."
"...The Alamo could well be the only place Austin's globetrotting Top Chef Paul Qui hasn't been photographed. That is until tonight when he walks the red carpet at the gala Texas Honors event being held at the "Shrine of Texas Liberty" in San Antonio...."
"...Get ready to see Austin on more national lists. Mega hospitality and development company Violet Crown announced today that Paul Qui will be opening his first sushi restaurant, Otoko, at South Congress Hotel...."
"...If you weren’t looking for it, you could miss it. Paul Qui’s much-anticipated SouthBites food court, full of food trucks hand-picked from Austin and beyond, has no signage, no fanfare, nothing at all, in fact, that touts the wildly popular chef as its curator..."
"...[image-1] In my RSVP, I advised them of my dietary issue and enlisted a dining companion who could handle scooter duty, drink cocktails, and appreciate Asian flavors. Off we went to Qui, the eponymous new restaurant from Austin’s own Top Chef, Paul Qui...."
"...I could have eaten a dozen of those things! [image-2] I was surprised to see that many of the cocktails used Balcones Distillery’s products – lots of whiskey going around (hence the headache for me). Not surprisingly, my People's Choice chip went to the “Picante Pepino" from Midnight Cowboy, which barman extraordinaire Brian Dressel confessed he wanted to rename “the Quita Culpepper.” This was a simple, refreshing tall drink comprised of Navy-Strength Genius Gin, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup, garnished with a cucumber slice doused in Trechas spicy salt...."
"...Though a story about contemporary peasant life in China, The Story of Qiu Ju is one that transcends borders, languages and class differences. It tells the story of Qui Ju (Gong Li, the star of all of Zhang Yimou's movies) who searches for justice and an official answer for a wrong done to her husband..."
"...By now, just about everyone in Austin has heard of Paul Qui, the 33-year-old wunderkind chef who rose through the ranks of Uchi and Uchiko, co-founded a string of wildly successful food trailers, and braved reality TV on Bravo's Top Chef. His self-titled restaurant, Qui, has been among the most anticipated Austin restaurant openings of 2013..."
"...It's a bit of an understatement to say Paul Qui's name strikes up conflicting sentiments in Austin. His humble demeanor and gastronomic genius made him a local sweetheart far before Top Chef..."
"...It's very tempting to be contrarian when discussing Paul Qui. An Ascot milliner might accuse him of ostentation, so feathered is his cap..."
"...As far as Austin chefs go, Paul Qui is about as successful as it gets. The Top Chef winner has been featured in national publications (including Vogue and GQ), and honored as the James Beard Foundation's “Best Chef, Southwest” of 2012 – and that’s just a taste of his seemingly-endless list of accomplishments...."
"...Is it a cliche to say that spirits were high in the moments leading up to the premiere of Top Chef: Texas, which as we all know by now, features Austin culinary luminaries Paul Qui (of Uchi, Uchiko, and East Side King fame) and Andrew Curren (24 Diner)? Well, so be it...."
"...Let's have a Qui-ki. We all know that Bon Appétit really loves Thai-Kun, but we're afraid that all that press could be making the other trucks feel like ugly stepsisters – not that there's anything wrong with sibling rivalry..."
"...Previously: the horror of the Highland Park dinner, but also Heather hating on Bev (Chekhov's side eye?), and the male cheftestants (mostly Ed) bitching about how Chuy's elimination reduced the number of men in the competition. (Side note: I know this is TOTALLY UNREASONABLE of me, but I was really disappointed to see Paul Qui smoking in this scene.)..."
"...But how cool is it that Mr. Paul Qui won $20,000 in the Quickfire with his coconut curry with a ghost chili in? (Here's a quickie recap: chili cookoff..."
"...Though Jon Favreau's film Chef debuted in Austin at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year, it finally opens here today. When Favreau and some of his co-stars were in Austin in March, they hosted a media party and cooking demo at Qui restaurant..."
"...East Side King partners Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya announced the opening of their long-awaited South Austin brick-and-mortar location today...."