Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Where A 'Top Chef' Champ Eats In Chicago

"Top Chef" winner Paul Qui.

This week was only the second-ever time Top Chef winner Paul Qui had ever been to Chicago, yet he navigated our food scene like a pro. The Austin-based chef was in town to headline the first-ever A Magnificent Taste, and it didn't hurt that he had some local colleagues as tour guides.

His friends (who are chefs at Alinea) took him to Au Cheval, Urban Belly, and Alinea, of course, but he regretted that he didn't have a chance to dine at Spiaggia this time around.

"Spiaggia is the best Italian restaurant in the country," he said of the Mag Mile stalwart that has his former Top Chef competitor Sarah Grueneberg at its helm. "I'm bummed I didn't get to go over there this time; I loved the food when I was in town last year."

Oh, well. Maybe next time, but that'll be awhile seeing as he's set to open his first restaurant in Austin some time in the fall.

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