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2020 Summer Paella Party Contest Winners!

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OUR PAELLA PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS!

We are excited to announce the winners for our 2020 Summer Paella Party Photo Contest. We received hundreds of wonderful photos, thank you to everyone who took the time to share their paellas!

Our wonderful judges selected four winners: Most Authentic, Most Scenic, Most Over The Top and the Grand Prize. The winners received a $250 gift basket from La Tienda, with the Grand Prize winner receiving a trip to Spain, thanks to the Regional Government of Andalusia and courtesy of Foods & Olive Oil from Andalusia, Spain.

Our Contest Sponsors

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A big thank you to our sponsors, FOODS FROM ANDALUSIA, SPAIN and OLIVE OIL FROM ANDALUSIA, SPAIN. The Autonomous Region of Andalusia is a beautiful land of  warm and engaging people, fabled castles, endless beaches and olive groves which stretch beyond the horizon. The foods and wines of Andalusia are legendary, from exceptional extra virgin olive oil to world renowned wines. Andalusia is sponsoring the grand prize, which includes airfare, lodging and special visits to food and wine producers across the region.

Meet the Winners

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER: TIM WEST

Congratulations, Tim! Our judges loved the breathtaking scenery and sense of fun that his photo evoked.

"Paella is more than a dish, it's a mindset and a cultural way of life. We seized the day, built a beach bonfire and cooked up some fresh offerings from the sea. It paired well with a nice Andalusian Vermut!" - Tim West

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MOST SCENIC WINNER: CAROL SEVEDRA

Congratulations, Carol! Our judges were impressed with this giant paella cooking over hardwood, very impressive.

"My hubby's 50th birthday party when he cooked this for over 50 guests. He is thrilled to bits that his paella was chosen!" - Carol Sevedra

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MOST AUTHENTIC PAELLA WINNER: OSWALD VINUEZA

Congratulations, Oswald! Our judges liked the classic presentation of this paella.

"On our last visit to Barcelona, we tried a butifarra, mushroom and asparagus paella. We went back to the restaurant twice as it was so good, and our friend who dislikes mushrooms ate seconds as well. Now that we're back in Texas, we decided to recreate this dish to remember the good times." - Oswald Vinueza

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MOST OVER THE TOP PAELLA WINNER: ASHLEY PIDAL

Congratulations, Ashley! Our judges were amazed by this lobsterific paella, and the unbridled joy in your father’s face.

"We had so much fun "not celebrating Dad’s birthday" with friends and family. Can't imagine not spending the weekend helping and celebrating with the best dad out there. I mean, look how happy he is, cutest dad chef ever."

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Meet the Judges - Aarthi Sampath
Chef, Rainbow Room
@aarthi_sampath

Chef Aarthi Sampath is the sous chef at New York City's iconic Rainbow Room. After working in the kitchens of Taj Hotels' top properties in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad, Sampath went on to work in some of New York City's most esteemed restaurants including The Breslin and Michelin-starred Junoon. Chef Sampath is a Chopped champion, later competing in Chopped Masters and Beat Bobby Flay, where she won with her flavorful, fragrant Biryani.


Favorite Products

Bonito del Norte Tuna with Espelette Peppers by Ortiz

Garrotxa Goat's Milk Cheese

Fermín Ibérico Morcilla - Black Sausage

Churro Pastry Maker

Princesa de Minaya Saffron from La Mancha


Photo courtesy of Daniela Sosa

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Meet the Judges - George Mendes
Chef, Aldea
@geomendes

Prior to opening his first restaurant, ALDEA, in May 2009, Portuguese chef George Mendes spent seventeen years honing his culinary craft under the guidance of some of the world’s greatest culinary masters including Bouley, Arpege, Lespinasse and Basque chef Martin Berasategui’s eponymous three-star Michelin. At New York City’s Aldea, Mendes’s rustic yet refined cuisine has earned the restaurant numerous accolades including a Michelin star each year since 2010, along with glowing two-star reviews from both New York magazine and The New York Times. In 2011, Mendes received one of the industry’s most coveted honors when he was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s ten “Best New Chefs.”

Favorite Products

Casas de Hualdos Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Flor de Sal - Sea Salt by Salina San Vicente

Sliced Mild Palacios Chorizo

Torta del Casar Spoonable Cheese

Jamón Ibérico Ham by Fermín


Photo courtesy of Evan Sung

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Meet the Judges - Katie Button
Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Cúrate Bar de Tapas 
@chefkatiebutton

Four-time James Beard Award nominee Katie Button is the executive chef and co-owner of Asheville, North Carolina's beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, La Bodega by Cúrate, Tillie Hall event space and Appalachian-inspired bagel shop Button & Co. Bagels. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world's best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family.

Favorite Products

Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico de Bellota

Berberechos by Conservas de Cambados

Peregrino Anchovy Stuffed Olives

El Navarrico Judion de la Granja Beans

Pedro Ximénez Sweet Sherry Vinegar


Photo courtesy of Evan Sung

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Meet the Judges - Klancy Miller
Chef, TV Personality and Founder of For the Culture: A Magazine Celebrating Black Women in Food and Wine.
@klancycooks

Klancy Miller is the New York-based founder of For the Culture: A Magazine Celebrating Black Women in Food and Wine and the author of Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking For Yourself. She earned her diplôme de pâtisserie from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, has appeared on the Food Network and Cooking Channel and contributes to publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Cherry Bombe and more.

Favorite Products

Ortiz Bonito del Norte Tuna

Boquerones White Anchovies in Olive Oil and Vinegar

Tapas Tasting Tray with Jamón, Ibérico Chorizo and Almonds

El Trigal Young Manchego Cheese

Traditional Paella Kit


Photo courtesy of Tara Donne

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Meet the Judges - Ramón Martínez
Culinary Director, Jaleo

Ramón Martínez is the Culinary Director of JALEO, Jose Andrés’ award-winning tapas concept and the nation’s first critically and commercially successful Spanish restaurant that helped to launch the small plates craze in America, with locations in Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Disney Springs in Orlando. A native of Terrassa, Spain, Martinez worked at the finest restaurants throughout the country before moving to Washington, D.C.

Favorite Products

José Andrés Foods Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Paella Tripod, Paella Pan and Stainless Steel Paella Spoon

José Andrés Foods Sea Urchin Caviar

Secreto Ibérico de Bellota - Pork Steak 

La Cala Aperitivo Sauce


Photo courtesy of ThinkFoodGroup

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Meet the Judges - Seamus Mullen
Chef, Author and Health and Wellness Expert
@seamusmullen

Seamus Mullen is an award-winning chef, cookbook author and health and wellness expert. Mullen spent his early career in Spain working in some of the country’s most highly regarded kitchens before returning to New York City, where he owned and operated the critically acclaimed restaurants Boqueria, Tertulia and El Colmado. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and shares his story through his podcast “goopfellas” as well as speaking engagements and workshops around the world. 

Favorite Products

Anchovy Fillets by Nardin

Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico de Bellota

Mas Tarrés Extra Virgin Olive Oil

La Cala Aperitivo Flavor Marcona Almonds

Mediterranean Blue Terra Cotta Cazuelas