Paul Qui

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Food & Wine's Best New Chef List Includes Three Texans (And One Houstonian)

    Of Food & Wine magazine's ten "best new chefs," a designation given every year to up-and-comers in the United States food scene, three are from Texas. Way to represent, lone star state! The magazine released its annual list this week, and chefs from Houston, Austin and Dallas made the cut, proving ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Move Over, Cupcakes

    Macarons have taken your place.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    The Modular Food Truck is Back, Better than Ever

    Though incredibly popular and well received by critics, The Modular food truck (actually a trailer) had a surprisingly short run. It opened in 2011, helmed by Joshua Martinez and Lyle Bento. At the time, Martinez was fresh off a stint as general manager of Kata Robata, and Bento was an up-and-coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Underbelly's Chris Shepherd To Star At Meatopia Texas in San Antonio

    For years the beau monde of cuisine derided Texas food as slabs of tasteless meat thrown on an open fire. But it's that relationship with meat and fire, along with a cadre of inventive chefs, that has attracted Meatopia, a self-described celebration of meat, to the state. "I believe in Texas as the ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Uchi Takes Houston

    Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Morimoto Who? Houston has Nobu Kagawa at Uchi

    You've done it, come on, you know you have. Most American sushi eaters have succeeded in bastardizing the whole tradition and delicacy of sushi. We make paste out of soy sauce and wasabi and dip our beautiful piece of o-toro and rice in it till it's dripping and then shove it in our mouths. The wasa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Eat More Sushi: My Night with Top Chef Texas Winner Paul Qui

    Surreal, sublime and sensual: the definition of the food at Uchi. We all agree that Tyson Cole is a master, and we are lucky he brought us Uchi. Thursday night he gave us one more gift - Paul Qui. You may know him as the Executive Chef at Uchiko in Austin, but most Texans know him as the winner of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    The Much-Feared Restaurant Wars Hit Top Chef: Texas

    ​Now that Work of Art is over, I've had to find another reality show to haphazardly catch before tuning into Bravo on Wednesday nights. That show is Restaurant Impossible, and it's weirdly addictive. I've even found myself seeking it out on purpose, which is something I never do with Food Network ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Barbecue and Big Books of Modernist Cuisine on Top Chef: Texas

    We've had a week off, and in that time frame the Top Chef: Texas contestants have moved on from Dallas to Austin. My drug of choice this week is cough syrup, which I've been drinking all day long. I feel like a gangster. (More on this later today.) Nathan Myhrvold is the guest judge this week, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Mediocrity Is Served at the South Fork Ranch on Top Chef: Texas

    O HAI GUYS DID WE MENTION WE'RE STILL IN DALLAS?​I have one thing to say in advance of tonight's episode: Dean Fucking Fearing. Thank God. An honest-to-Christ Texas chef as a judge on this show for a change. That out of the way, on to the Quickfire Round! Fearing, as mentioned, is the guest judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days as a "dining nowhereville." Great choice, Bravo! Enjoy that! "When I think of Dallas, I think of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Of Rattlesnakes and Quinceañeras: Top Chef: Texas

    It turns out that wearing orange Crocs does not, in fact, give you Mario Batali's superpowers.​This is the time at which I should point out that I don't have a DVR and in fact only recently got cable (which is awesome and, whoa, so many episodes of House Hunters!). That means that each week at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Bloodsport and Oxtopus on Last Night's Top Chef: Texas

    I am proud to report that the above photo is now the one of the first search results for "Asian Leghorn."​...aaaaaand we're back! Last week, I drank heavily and recapped the first episode of Top Chef: Texas. Check that recap to familiarize yourself with the dumb names I've made up for nearly e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Chefing Shows Come to Texas

    Guess who's not coming to town!​The big food TV news from over the weekend came from San Antonio (of all places), where it was revealed that Top Chef is currently filming. The news broke when a local blogger spotted Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio in a San Antonio bar, then promptly got into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    You Had Me at Uchiko

    Anamaris Cousins PriceBeef tongue sushi​I was in Austin on business last week and, though it wasn't my first time there, it had been a while. When I visit a place I like to find out where the locals go. I spoke to this guy who mentioned his wife was a chef; he insisted Uchiko was a must. To be ... More >>