France wins the 2022 Paella World Cup in Valencia

Visit Valence announce the winner of 5e edition of World Paella Day, Eric Gilthe chief representative France

VALENCIA, Spain, September 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About September 20, France won the World Paella Day Cup in Valenda, Spainhonoring the most iconic dish of from Valencia gastronomy. The World Paella Day Cup is a competition to find and crown the best paella chef among one of 10 participating chefs from around the world. This year, Eric Gilthe chief representative Francewon the prize with a paella with duck confit and mushrooms.

The day started at 10:00 a.m. with the competitions, including Ecuador versus Finland, France versus Italy, Argentina versus Mexico, Swiss versus Canada and Japan against the United Arab Emirates. At the end of the day, Eric Gil of France, was recognized as this year’s winner. Chef Gil grew up making paella every Sunday for his family in Valencewhere they lived for nearly 20 years before returning to his native Avignon.

New flavors and combinations have emerged in this edition of the World Paella Day Cup, inspired by the country of origin of each chef. Yuki Kawaguchithe chief representative Japan, infused his paella with Chinese mitten crab, scallions and fried sea anemones. At the same time, finalist chef Jani Paasikoski of Finlandexperimented with reindeer, porcini mushrooms, onion, tomato and blueberries to create an explosion of flavors, while presenting his Paella cuisine to influencers, the press and the public.


“Paella is a work of art and a basic dish that Valence is proud to honor. It is the embodiment of what this city stands for, which is culture, flavor and our spirit of hospitality and sustenance,” says Maximo Caletrío, Head of Promotions for Canada and in the United States, Visit Valencia Foundation. “I’m sure Chef Gil will serve as an inspiration to many aspiring food entrepreneurs and acclaimed chefs pushing the boundaries of from Valencia daily gastronomic offer, helping the city to establish itself as spain culinary capital.”

To raise the stakes, this year the finalist took part in the World Paella Day Stage Valencia experience: three days of immersion in the culture of paella, with formative excursions through the Huerta de Valence, the rice fields of the Albufera Natural Park, the Central Market, a paella factory and a Valencian winery, among others. This is the training phase before the competition allowing finalists to explore the birthplace of paella as well as attend different workshops with some of the most prominent chefs and paella producers in the industry. Experts giving tips and advice on how to create the perfect dish include Santos Ruiz of the DO Arroz de Valencia, Tony Montoliuowner and chef of Barraca de Tony MontoliuRafa Margos, the leader of the Bairetes and Chabe Soler, winner of the WPD Cup

The event was a complete success, with many watching the competition and awards ceremony live and via the online stream. Paella is a source of pride for Valencians, and it is an important part of their contribution to the world. As Caletrío shares, “Food brings people together and I’d like to think that many connections have been made around the world around a good plate of paella.” This year, World Paella Day has evolved beyond the flagship event of Valence. Other events and promotions in support of World Paella Day took place at China, Indiaand Canada.

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SOURCE Visit Valencia