Paul Qui is the chef/owner of qui, his flagship restaurant, and 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. Paul 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 was named one of Bon Appétit Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America 2014.
In 2013, Paul was honored by the Texas Legislature for his work and achievements as a chef and restauranteur, and also joined the prestigious ment’or BKB Foundation Culinary Council (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA). 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.