Top Chef's Paul Qui Shares His Guilty Pleasure Foods

Top Chef's Paul Qui Shares His Guilty Pleasure Foods

What does the owner of his newly opened restaurant eat on his day off?

By Marisa Laudadio

He just opened his new restaurant, Qui, in his hometown of Austin, to rave reviews. But what kind of food does Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui secretly crave when he's not cooking?

"Ice cream! Mine's definitely ice cream," he tells the Dish. "And I like to eat fried chicken."

His deep-fried indulgence doesn't even need to be fancy. "I used to like to go to Popeyes, but they disappointed me last time. There's also a place called Frenchy's in Houston that I like."

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The James Beard Award-winning chef, who just won the prestigious S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup may serve up creative and playful dishes like "Rabbit Seven Ways" and cheddar-cheese ice cream sandwiches in his own restaurant, but when he's home, he loves comfort food like burgers and chips.

"I also like hamburgers in Austin. P. Terry's is good. And Hopdoddy [Burger Bar]," says Paul. "And I like potato chips. I feel like anytime I eat Classic Lays, I eat the whole bag!"

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