Last week was an intense week for a fight to the finish on Bravoâ€™s Emmy winning hit series:Â Top ChefÂ Season 9Â finale.
Paul Qui of Austin’sÂ UchikoÂ (JapaneseÂ restaurant)Â was a strong fan and judges favorite throughout the entire season who beat Chicago chef Sarah Grueneberg Â and earned himself the well-deserved title of â€œTop Chefâ€ and took home the coveted prize of $125,000 as the overall winner. Winning six out of the 12 elimination challenges, a car and a trip to Costa Rica, the finale win sure was the ultimate cherry on top!
Paul trained under chef Tyson Cole (who won a James Beard Award) and was part of his team when he competed on â€œIron Chef Americaâ€ in 2008. A native of the Philippines, Qui moved with his family to America and attended the Texas Culinary Academy â€“ now Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Take a peek at the scene inside Paul’s executive chef home during the airing of the
finale – when he was announced the winner of Top Chef 9!! I wished I was there for the sake bombs that ultimately followed after!!
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