Chef and founder of Sydney based Spanish catering company Flavours of Spain, Miguel Cuevas, was named “Paella Ambassador for Australia” last weekend during the 54th International Paella contest held in the city of Sueca, Spain.
Cuevas has been promoting the Spanish paella in Australia from the last five years and he organised the successful First Paella Championships in Manly in May. The contest invited 30 Australian chefs to cook and compete for the title of “Best Paella Chef in Oceania”. Miguel and three local chefs flew to Valencia to represent Australia at the global contest in Sueca, Spain.
The results of the international competition were announced last Sunday. The restaurant Miguel y Juani from l’Alcúdia won the title of “Best paella Chef in the world” and Australia achieved the fourth place.
When the 54th International Paella Championships heats up in Sueca, Spain on 14 September 2014, Australia will be there to compete for the title of “Best Paella Chef in the World”. The competition is the highlight of the annual 10-day rice festival that takes place in this Valencian community, known as “the birthplace of paella”. The event draws paella lovers from all over Spain and beyond.
To determine who would compete for Australia, Sydney-based Spanish catering company Flavours of Spain organised the inaugural International Spanish Paella Championships on our own shores earlier this year. The contest invited 30 Australian and international chefs to cook and fight for the title of “Best Paella Chef in Oceania”. On May 25 on Sydney’s celebrated Manly Beach, chef Hassan M’Souli of Manly’s Out of Africa restaurant was crowned the winner at this first-ever local event to showcase the iconic Spanish dish.
Second place went to chef Failino Lattarulo from Simply Spanish restaurant in Melbourne, and Alex Fry from Sah Modern Mediterranean restaurant in Adelaide took home a third-place win. The three winners will next fly to Sueca in September to compete alongside paella enthusiast, chef, and Flavours of Spain founder Miguel Cuevas for the chance to be recognised worldwide as the world’s leading paella chef.
Cuevas was named the Paella Ambassador in Australia by Wikipaella.org, an organisation whose aim is to protect the authenticity of Spanish paella around the world. “I am very excited to be able to compete in Europe’s oldest and most prestigious food competition, the Sueca Paella World Cup,” says Cuevas. “I have put together Carbonell’s Team Australia to represent Oz. I am very confident we have a good chance to do well and make Australia proud in this very important world event.”
Organised by Flavours of Spain, the team of Cuevas, M’Souli, Lattarulo, and Fry is has chosen to partner with Carbonell, Spain’s best-selling traditional olive oil brand. Olive oil is an essential ingredient in authentic Spanish paella. “The key to a great paella really is a quality Spanish olive oil like Carbonell,” says Cuevas. “Paella is great for heart health, as it combines fresh vegetables, rice and seafood with lots of olive oil to provide a rich source of omega 3 and 6. Given that paella originated in Spain, it makes sense to use a quality Spanish olive oil like Carbonell to achieve a truly authentic Spanish flavour..”
Flavours of Spain caters birthday and anniversary parties, weddings, and corporate events, bringing chef Miguel Cuevas’ authentic and delicious paellas to the masses in Australia. The caterer has won numerous awards and is the only Spanish catering company in Australia with the Restaurant & Catering Association’s Gold Licence, the HACCP accreditation and the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Carbonell www.carbonell.com.au was founded in 1866 by Antonio Carbonell, who had a vision to produce high-quality Spanish olive oil. His legacy is now the world’s largest Spanish olive oil brand. Carbonell olive oil is produced from olives grown under the Mediterranean sun in Cordoba, Spain. Carbonell selects only the very best Spanish olives, so you can be assured of premium quality every time you buy the company’s olive oil.
TEAM AUSTRALIA IS SPONSORED BY CARBONELL!!
The 25th of May 2014, Flavours of Spain presented the International Spanish Paella Championships to choose the best paella chefs in the world.
Check out this great event on the video below.
Our chef Miguel Cuevas cooking Valencian Paella on Spanish TV!
Thank you Jesus Melero for the great experience!
TV Mediterraneo (Valencia, Spain) – Anem de Festa presented by Julio Tormo and Loren Donat
For more details please check www.flavoursofspain.com.au
Leading Spanish on-site caterers Flavours of Spain have announced the “Best Spanish Paella Chef in Oceania” in a culmination of the inaugural International Spanish Paella Championships. Hassan M'Souli from the restaurant Out Of Africa in Manly, NSW won the competition last Sunday 25 May and he will compete in the 54th International Paella Valenciana Contest, held in the village of Sueca in Valencia, Spain.
“It’s a honour for me to be representing Australia in Spain in September” said Hassan. “I’ve been cooking paella all my life and I do offer it in my restaurant as I realise how much Australians like Spanish food. The opportunity I had to learn from the king of the paella Jesus Melero and cook with all these great chefs today is something I will never forget”. The second place was awarded to chef Failino Lattarulo from Simply Spanish Restaurant in Melbourne and the third place went to Alex Fry from Sah Modern Mediterranean restaurant in Adelaide. The event was organised by Flavours of Spain and supported by Home of Paella Catering, Manly Council and the Internacional Concurso de Paellas de Sueca.
The judges of the competition were Jean Hay, Major of Manly, Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez Spanish Consul General, Cristina Casanova, Commercial Consul, Edrick Corban Banks, Jesus Melero and Miguel Sanfeliu, organisers of the Sueca contest and Miguel Cuevas, organiser of the challenge and founder of Flavours of Spain Catering in Sydney.
“The day was so exciting with so much happening in terms of Spanish food and music. On the food side these championships showed how high the standard of paella cooking is in Oceania. The difference between all the contestants was minimal. Anyone could have won” says Miguel Cuevas. “I am very confident we are going to the finals in Spain in September and we have a good chance to bring the crown to Australia for the first time” he concludes.
Flavours of Spain caters birthday and anniversary parties, weddings, and corporate events, supplying Cuevas’ authentic paellas throughout Australia. It has won numerous awards and is the only Spanish catering company in Australia with the Restaurant & Catering Association’s Gold Licence, the HACCP acreditation and the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
For more details please check www.flavoursofspain.com.au