Resides: Austin, Texas, USA
Culinary Education: Associate in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Austin
Paul Qui was named Esquire’s Chef of the Year 2014, and was selected as one of Food & Wine magazine’s 2014 Best New Chefs and Top 10 Empire Builders of 2012. Paul is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest 2012, winner of Top Chef Season 9, and winner of the San Pellegrino Cooking Cup 2013. His restaurant, qui, received the honor of Best New Restaurant in America, 2014 by GQ. Additionally, East Side King Thai-Kun, a food truck co-owned and operated by Paul, was named one of Bon Appétit magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America 2014.
Born in Manila, Philippines and trained in classic French and Japanese cuisine, Paul takes a modernist approach towards food, where there are no boundaries. Starting as an intern, Paul worked his way up the ranks of Uchi to Chef de Cuisine and later opened Uchiko as Executive Chef. While training under Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole, Paul learned to adapt traditional Japanese dishes with an eye towards local flavor, all while incorporating influences from South East Asian and European cuisine.
Paul is currently the chef/owner of his flagship restaurant, qui. He is also the co-founder and chef/owner of East Side King, a group of Asian-inspired street food trailers and restaurants in Austin, TX. In 2013, Paul was honored by the Texas Legislature for his work and achievements as a chef and restaurateur, and also joined the prestigious ment’or BKB Foundation Culinary Council (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA).