València, Sep 20 (EFE).- Chef Eric Gil, representing France, was the winner of the World Paella Day Cup 2022, held this Tuesday at the Marinereta de València and in which ten chefs from the around the world participated.
In second place was Argentina, represented by chef Juani Kittlen, and in third place was Finland with Jaani Pasikoski, organization sources informed.
The jury of this international paella competition was formed by Belen Arias, president of the Academy of Gastronomy of the Valencian Community; Binhui Jiang, second prize in the international Valencian paella competition Sueca; Noelia Pascual, chef and winner of the II World Paella Day Cup; José Luis García Berlanga, owner of the Berlanga restaurant, and Modesto Granados, creator of the Delicious Valencia brand.
Along with 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 were presented, some inspired by their different countries of origin. An example was that of Japan with Chinese crab, green onions and nettles. Also the one from Finland made with reindeer, porcini mushrooms, onion, tomato and blueberries.
Among the participants in the event were the deputy mayor of Valencia, Sandra Gómez, the councilor for tourism and internationalization of the Valencian town hall and president of Visit València, Emiliano García, the regional secretary for tourism, Francesc Colomer, among other authorities.
The deputy mayor of Valencia, Sandra Gómez, said that the important thing on this September 20, World Paella Day, “is to share what unites Valencia with the rest of the world, our most international dish. A dish that is much more than a recipe: it is a ritual, a way of sharing with family and friends”.
He pointed out that “the paella allows us to project our food, to enhance our rice and the great pantry of the city of Valencia: a vegetable garden, a Mediterranean sea, which also positions us as the world capital of sustainable food “.
The Regional Secretary of Tourism, Francesc Colomer, stressed that World Paella Day “was born as an idea with a long history and international projection” and recognized “the enormous vision that València had” in involving Turespaña in developing along with numerous activities around the world to promote World Paella Day.
For his part, Emiliano García, adviser for tourism and internationalization, pointed out that “September 20 is a day when Valencians feel proud of their most traditional gastronomy. We want that every time you eat a paella you breathe the “comboi”, friendship, family, and above all good Valencian rice and good local products are shared”.