Filipino Top Chef Arrested for Domestic Violence
A Filipino Top Chef winner has been arrested last Saturday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
Paul Qui, winner of the show’s ninth season and now based in Austin, TX, was charged after police was called to his apartment after a 911 call. Authorities found his girlfriend in tears while clutching her son on the couch as blood was found all over his arms, face and clothing. The apartment was also messed up with pieces of furniture reportedly all over the plice.
Qui, 31, claims that his girlfriend, Stephanie Rodriguez, agreed to group sex proposed by his friends. He reportedly asked her early Saturday to call 911 as their situation out of hand.
Rodriguez told police that Qui was ‘very controlling and extremely jealous’.
She said she had been asleep with her son when Qui returned home with a group of friends, and allegedly began taking drugs and alcohol.
He asked her to join them and she did; but when the intoxicated chef began accusing his friends of flirting with her, he kicked them all out.
Qui posted bond and was released Saturday, KXAN reports. Both charges are Class A misdemeanors; if convicted, he faces a maximum of one year in a county jail and fines of up to $4,000.
After winning the Top Chef in 2012, Qui opened his restaurants, Qui and East Side King. In 2014, he was also awarded as Esquire’s Chef of the Year in 2014.
In a Vice article last year, he admitted to be a drug dealer, but so bad at it that he decided to become a chef instead.