Kable table with links showing raw markdown code in quarto file

I have a chunk of code that creates a table containing file links based on files that's in a specific directory.
This knits fine in RMD, but not in in the quarto version.

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Code:

knitr::opts_chunk$set(echo=FALSE, message=FALSE, warning=FALSE)
library(stringr); library(dplyr); library(readxl)
library(knitr); library(kableExtra); library(tidyr)
options(knitr.kable.NA = '')

hw   <- data.frame(filenames = paste0('hw/', list.files("hw", pattern='template|*.pdf|*.html|*.docx')))

out.hw <- hw %>% mutate(name = gsub("hw/|_template",  "", filenames), 
                          type = str_extract(hw$filenames,".{3}$"),
                          type = ifelse(type=="tml", "html", type),
                          type = ifelse(type=="ocx", "docx", type),
                          nam = gsub(".html|.pdf|.Rmd|.docx", "", name), 
                          link = sprintf("[%s](%s)",type, filenames))
x = out.hw %>% select(link, type, nam) %>% 
    reshape2::dcast(nam~type, value.var="link") %>% 
    kable(format="html") %>%
    kable_styling(bootstrap_options = c("striped", "hover", "condensed", "responsive" ,"bordered"), 
                  full_width=FALSE,  position = "left")
gsub("<thead>.*</thead>", "", x)

Rmarkdown
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Quarto:

Here's another view with sessionInfo

Working RMD page

Not working QMD page

The code is identical. so why won't one render links?