Travel Diary: Paul Qui in Venice, Italy

Austin’s favorite chef recounts his trip to Venice for the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup
Paul Qui venture to Venice, Italy for a little cooking and sailing.

We're plenty jealous of Paul Qui's last weekend, and for good reason: From June 13 to June 17, Austin chef Paul Qui was traipsing about Venice, Italy, visiting the canal-ridden city for the first time.

Granted, Qui was there working; the chef (who opens his namesake flagship Qui tomorrow) was competing at the 13th annual S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup, ultimately winning two awards out of three: the Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year award and Inside the Cooking award.

[slideshow:We chatted with the East Side King chef on the phone about his trip, recreating his experience via photos for a unique travel diary of the chef’s excursions through Venice. On the docket: A trip to the farmers’ market, some cooking on a boat, a sailing race from Malamocco to San Giorgio Island, and finally a gorgeous gala dinner at La Fenice Theatre, where Qui was awarded the winner of the Cooking Cup. “I was totally speechless, I didn’t know what to say,” Qui told us of that night.

Click through our slideshow to see how Paul Qui's trip to Venice went down.

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