‘Top Chef’ Winner Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting His Girlfriend

Paul Qui, the winner of “Top Chef” season nine, was arrested in Austin, Texas, on Saturday on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by People magazine, police responded to a report of a violent fight at Qui’s residence early Saturday. They arrived at the chef’s apartment to find him with “blood all over his face, arms, legs and clothing” and his girlfriend crying with her young son in her arms.

His girlfriend told police that Qui — whom she claimed had alcohol, cocaine, Xanax and marijuana in his system — had friends over earlier in the night and became angry when he suspected that his friends were flirting with her.  After the chef kicked his friends out of the apartment, he grew angrier and became violent, allegedly pushing his girlfriend and forbidding her and her son from leaving. An arresting officer noted that Qui’s girlfriend had a cut, bruises and a swollen jaw.

According to a Travis County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, he was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint and assault causing bodily injury to a family member, but was released later that day on $20,000 bond.

Qui is best known for winning Bravo’s “Top Chef” season nine.  Since the victory, he’s opened two restaurants: Qui and a seafood-centric Japanese restaurant called Otoko.

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