Esquire magazine named Paul Qui the Chef of the Year at its Food and Drink Awards event Tuesday night in New York City. The magazine also named its best new restaurants in America, a list topped by The Cecil in Harlem.
New Esquire restaurant writer Josh Ozersky praised Qui’s talent, comparing his skills to LeBron James. He’s “able to do anything he wants on the court, in any style, without visible effort,” Ozersky writes. The entry on Qui also has a recipe for his kinilaw, a Filipino ceviche.
The only Texas restaurant to make Ozersky’s list of 12 best new restaurants was John Tesar’s Knife in Dallas. Steve McHugh’s Cured at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio was named a runner-up. (Read my thoughts on Cured here.)
For the complete Esquire food and drink guide, which includes best dishes, snacks, products, dining region, etc., click here.