The World Championships of Paella

Every year in the town of Sueca, Valencia, chefs from around the world square off in a tasty competition to make the best Paella Valenciana anywhere. Click below to listen or download, and don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, PodBeanPlayerFM or iVoox. Scroll down for links and a few more pics.

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Here are links to all the chefs I interviewed

Leno from Simply Spanish in Melbourne Australia.

Leo from Coraloense in Los Angeles California.

Juan from Juan’s Paella Catering in Melbourne Australia.

Jordi from El Tast in Paris France.

Armondo from The Paella Wine and Beer Festival in Los Angeles California.

Fred and Stephanie from Casa de Playa in Mornington, Australia

Yuki and Takaku from Anocado, Tokyo Japan.

Jesus Romero from Social Paella catering in Los Angeles California.

Asador Altamira in Alaquàs Valencia (the restaurant that took home first prize).

I had my hands full with recording audio, but I did manage to get a few phone snaps…

Credits: Crazy scream sound effect by Ragdoll485, “Torture” on

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9 Responses to The World Championships of Paella

  1. Julvic October 26, 2017 at 15:09 #

    It is breakfast time in this continent, paella time in Spain. Guess what I rather have for breakfast! Here I’m looking at a bowl of muesli with fruit and yoghurt (pretty authentic too) but strangely I’m salivating paella after hearing your podcast. Very very enjoyable, full of atmosphere and perfectly complemented with the photos. It is the closest to being there.
    Very informative and an eye opener about how seriously the locals take the makings of a “Paella
    Valenciana”. This is a contest and rules must apply but as one of the contestants says, everyone’s mother makes the best paella.
    I really enjoyed the total package of your podcast, easy to listen to, engaging with brilliant touches of humor and I am sending the link to the many friends that asked me for my recipe, not quite Valenciana but no chorizo and with some some seafood as well, I guess it is a paella mixta. Is that right? Or shall I call it freehand?
    Oh well, back to my muesli.
    Thank you

    • Mike Randolph October 26, 2017 at 15:54 #

      Thank you very much for your comment, Julvic. The truth is, outside of Valencia, it’s hard to find a paella Valenciana! Most of what you find is, yes, mixta. At the risk of enraging the paella police, it’s also pretty damn good. But a good Valenciana is something else entirely…

  2. James October 26, 2017 at 21:58 #

    That was a very entertaining episode. My favourite paella was the Paella Randolpho. But I’m hoping it didn’t have rabbit.

    • Mike Randolph October 27, 2017 at 11:11 #

      Thanks James. Which is worse, to find out that you ate rabbit or to find out that you ate rabbit and enjoyed it? 😉

  3. CHERYL October 27, 2017 at 04:39 #

    hahaaa James

  4. Kinloch Macgregor October 30, 2017 at 20:28 #

    Like a movie, Mike! In fact better than a movie… Through my own imagination and your seemingly effortless guidance I could see the colours, smell the odours and hear the fun everyone was having from Australia to California to France, to Japan all gathered together in Spain!

    I am definitely going to try to get there next year, if I can wrangle a Press Pass… If not, I’ll just make my own Paella and listen to your podcast again for “ambiente”!

    • Mike Randolph October 30, 2017 at 20:44 #

      Thank you Kinloch, you’re very kind. ¡Que aproveche!

  5. Georgina November 25, 2017 at 22:34 #

    Wow this sounds, smell and surely tastes like a great event! Definitely going on the bucket list 🙂

    • Mike Randolph November 26, 2017 at 17:24 #

      Thanks Georgina. Yeah, it was a great time. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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