Valencia, 20 September (EFE).- Chef Eric Gill, representative of France, is the winner of the World Paella Day Cup 2022, which took place this Tuesday at the Marinareta de Valencia and ten chefs from all over the world took part.
In second place was Argentina, represented by chef Juani Keitlen, and in third place, Finland and Jani Pasikowski, agency sources said.
The jury of this international paella competition is made up of Belen Arias, president of the Academy of Gastronomy of the Valencian Community; Binhui Jiang, second prize in the Sueca Valencian Paella International Competition; Noelia Pascual, chef and winner of the II World Paella Day Cup; Berlanga Restaurant owner José Luis García Berlanga and Delicious Valencia brand designer Modesto Granados.
In addition to the winners, chefs representing Ecuador, Mexico, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates participated.
In this third edition of World Paella Day, new versions of paella rice are presented, some of which are inspired by their different countries. Japanese examples include Chinese crab, green onion and nettle. Also a reindeer from Finland, made with boletus, onions, tomatoes and blueberries.
Among those present at the ceremony were the Deputy Mayor of Valencia, Sandra Gómez, the Councilor of Tourism and Internationalization of the Valencia City Council and the President of Visit Valencia, Emiliano García, the Regional Secretary of Tourism, Frances Colomar, among other authorities.
The Deputy Mayor of Valencia, Sandra Gómez, announced that the important thing this September 20, World Paella Day, is “to share our most international dish, what unites Valencia with the rest of the world. A dish that is much more than a recipe: it is a ritual, A way to share with family and friends”.
He highlighted that “paella allows us to project our food, to appreciate our rice and the great pantry of the city of Valencia: a vegetable garden, a Mediterranean, which positions us as the world capital of sustainable food”.
Regional Secretary of Tourism, Frances Colomar, noted that the World Paella Day “was born as an idea with a long history and international projection” and recognized “the huge vision that Valencia had” involving Turespana in parallel developing many activities in the neighborhood. In promotion of World Paella Day.
For his part, the Councilor of Tourism and Internationalization Emiliano García stressed that “September 20 is the day for Valencians to feel proud of their most traditional gastronomy. We want that every time you eat a paella you share “comboi”, friendship, family and above all good Valencian rice and good local products”.