Leading Paella chefs from around the Pacific will flock to Queen Victoria Market to take part in the 57th Concurs International Paella Competition's Pacific Semi-Final.
Concurso Internacional de Paella Vanenciana de Sueca extends across five regions including; Costa Rica, USA, Japan, France and Australia/Pacific, where the top three finalists from each region's Semi-Final will go on to compete in the International final in Valencia, Spain.
Here, the best Paella will be crowned 'Premi a la Millor Paella' (Best Paella Outside Spain).
The winner of the International title in 2016, Leno Lattarullo from Simply Spanish, will host the Pacific Semi-Final at Queen Victoria Market as part of its weekend-long Spanish Paella Festival.
Simply Spanish and Queen Victoria Market are expecting 20 top Paella chefs to take part in the competition, which requires entrants to cook a traditional Paella recipe. Entrants will be given one hour to race through the iconic Queen Victoria Market for ingredients then head to the pans to create their dish.
Mr Lattarullo, who will be judging the competition at 3pm, along with the Director of the International Concurs, Jesus Melero Martinez and four International judges from Spain and New Zealand, said Paella enthusiasts should know the difference between an authentic Paella dish and non-traditional recipes.
"Authentic Valencian Paella uses rabbit, chicken and beans. And on no accounts should you stir, the rice should stick to the pan to create a delicious caramelised flavour", Mr Lattarullo said.
Queen Victoria Market CEO, Malcolm McCullough said the Market was thrilled to host the competition, which would host 16 additional Spanish food and general merchandise stallholders as part of the festivities.
"The Queen Victoria Market is proud to host the Concurs International Paella Competition, which only enhances the city's reputation as a multicultural food hub," said Mr McCullough.
As part of the Spanish Paella Festival, aspiring chefs and talented home cooks are being called upon to take part in a creative Paella cook-off, which will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017. Paella-enthusiasts will be asked to cook their best, most flavoursome dish. If you would like to enter, please visit www.concursodepaellapacific.com.au.
If you love Spanish culture and cuisine, don't miss the vibrant and tantalising Spanish Paella Festival at Queen Victoria Market.
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