Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day & Don't forget to watch Top Chef


After a grueling challenge in which cheftestants had to endure extreme temperatures, ranging from the searing Texas heat to the freezing cold in Canada, local Texas chef Paul Qui of Uchiko, has cooked his way into the finale. Tonight he will compete against chef Sarah Gruenegerg of Chicago, which will be no easy task. Have you seen the pasta she makes? Unbelievable! As much as I want Paul to win, I realize that if he does, I might not be able to just walk into Uchi or Uchiko in Austin and just get a table anymore. Don't get me wrong, the recognition will be fabulous for him, after all he was just named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest by the James Beard Foundation. The publicity would be fantastic for Austin, TX, by putting it on the foodie map, not that people from Texas didn't already know that. With that being said, Paul has cooked some amazing food during the competition and shown grace under fire. You go Paul! We are rooting for you. Now go kick some foodie butt!  Pin It

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  1. woohoo! i'll be watching tonight for sure!

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    1. Amy - I hope they just let them cook and not endure some crazy challenge. Typically in the finale they do, but you never know:)

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  2. I have not watched Top Chef in a few seasons, so sadly I have no clue what's going on :( I think I've really missed out though, because EVERYBODY is talking about this finale!

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    1. Ally - I've been watching since season one. Guess you could say I'm a Top Chef Groupie:)

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  3. I really should be into Top Chef, but I've never watched for some reason! It sounds like the perfect show for me, though.

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    1. Wendy - I think you would like it. It is amazing what they can do with the time constraints and ingredients.

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  4. Yay, Paul!!!

    Now may be the time I have to confess: I've never been to Uchi, or Uchiko. I HAVE been to East Side Kings, though! (a little more in line with my budget ; }, but probably no longer...lol)

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    1. Maggie - Glad he won. He is a wonderful chef without the attitude, which is hard to find:) I only went to Uchi once and we just had appetizers. It was fabulous! It would definitely be a "special occasion" restaurant for me:)Never heard of East Side Kings...I'm going to have to check it out.

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