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Paul Qui Named James Beard Best Chef: Southwest 2012

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Paul Qui at the Austin Food & Wine Fest.
Paul Qui at the Austin Food & Wine Fest.
Photo: Eric McGregor/EATX

Uchiko's Paul Qui took home the title of Best Chef: Southwest at last night's prestigious James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards in Manhattan, following his mentor and Uchi founder Tyson Cole, who won the same title in 2011. You may also remember Qui as the winner of this year's Top Chef reality television competition, a chef who's cooked at the White House, or perhaps you know him as that guy who has a key to the city of Austin and for whom April 6th is Paul Qui Day in town.

La Condesa's Jesse Herman took a screen shot of his iPhone after texting with Qui about his win. Qui's comment: "Amazing! Thank [y]ou."

· All Paul Qui Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]
· All James Beard Foundation Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]
· Winners: 2012 James Beard Restaurant And Chef Awards [-EN-]


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