Oliver’s ‘chorizo-paella’ panned by Spanish critics

Jamie Oliver.

JAMIE OLIVER has fought the British school establishment, and made millions flogging simple recipes, fancy frying pans and a cheeky smile. But the Naked Chef may have bitten off more than he can chew with a controversial take on paella, one of Spain’s fiercely defended national dishes.

Taking to his Twitter account Oliver, an MBE, Sainsburies front-man, and nefarious enemy of vegetarians from Pembrokeshire to Aberdeen, displayed a photo of his new creation – chorizo infused paella. 

“Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella. My version combines chicken thighs & chorizo” he wrote, before the inevitable mockery began.


Outraged Spanish internet maestros compared his ‘work’ to a botched restoration of a famous fresco of Christ, while others suggested their own takes on classic dishes, including aubergine fish and chips, and croissants with gravy. 

What constitutes paella is a sensitive topic even in Spain. Valencians, where the dish is from, consider the inclusion of any form of meat other than fish a heresy, nevermind a spicy, smoked, paprika sausage.


  1. I am a great lover of a Spanish fish paella although I don’t mind if it is mixed “meat and fish” either. I could only count on my fingers the number of places on the CDS I know where I would go to for a paella. I love chorizo but I have to say a paella with chorizo just doesn’t sound right. A fish or meat paella has flavours that complement each other while my first thoughts on paella with chorizo is one of destruction, destruction of a great dish 🙂 at least as I know it anyway lol.

    I remember “many years ago” an elderly lady who used to have a house on one of the streets that runs parallel to the main street in Arroyo de la miel, it was basically just that, her house where she seemed to open up a room that had old tables and wicker chairs that you walked into directly from the front door. She would cook a paella for you but would also serve you wine and beer. She made hers with rabbit which seemed to be quite common in my early years here and it was so good we used to go up to Arroyo de la miel every week or two from Mijas costa for her paella before we went on our Saturday night pub crawl… and it cost practically nothing 🙂 I have to say I really miss that great personal, homely type hospitality and friendliness that was very common here back in those days. 🙂

  2. Can someone please teach him how to pronounce “chorizo”. His diction is poor at the best of times with that Mockney accent and his tongue hanging out, but he could make an effort.


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