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
Sydney, May 2014 – Flavours of Spain, the Australian-based catering company that provides delicious, authentic Spanish paella to different events in Australia, will host the 1st International Spanish Paella Championships in May 2014. The competition takes place on Sunday 25 May as the prelude to and opening event for food and wine festival A Taste of Manly. The contest invites Australian and international chefs to cook and fight for the title of Best Paella in Oceania. The top three winners in Manly will then go on to compete in the internationally renowned Sueca Paella Festival in Valencia, Spain, for the chance to be recognised worldwide as the world’s leading paella chef.
“We are very proud to be bringing this international contest to Australia and look forward to receiving applications from the most qualified chefs and paella lovers throughout Australia and other places in Oceania,” says Miguel Cuevas, named the Paella Ambassador in Australia by Wikipaella.org and founder of Flavours of Spain.
“It’s an opportunity to present a truly unique food festival to the Australian", says Miguel Cuevas, named the Paella Ambassador in Australia by wikipaella.org. Visitors who come to Manly to enjoy the Oceania’s first international paella contest will experience a vibrant and memorable gastronomic journey to Spain.”
Chefs from some of the best restaurants in Australia and New Zealand will participate including: Simply Spanish (Melbourne), Robert Burns (Melbourne), Smolt (Tasmania), Sah Modern Mediterranean (North Adelaide) Verandah Restaurant (Polkobin, NSW) Balcony (Byron Bay, NSW) Movida (Sydney), El mercado (Sydney), Señor paella (Queensland), The Deck (Sydney), Out of Africa (Manly, NSW) Postales Restaurant (Sydney) and Osteria del Toro representing New Zealand.
For more information visit www.flavoursofspain.com.
For more details about Sueca Paella Festival, please check out this video:
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