Stirring things up for Valencia

Stirring things up for Valencia
PAELLA VALENCIANA: Quite unlike the Alicante version Photo credit: Inma Flores

HACKLES rose in Valencia province when celebrity chef David de Jorge declared that Alicante paella was better.

De Jorge made his inflammatory comment on La Sexta channel’s Liarla Pardo hosted by Cristina Pardo in a programme whose name is a pun Liarla Parda meaning “to stir things up.”

The television chef certainly stirred things up, not least because his full name is David de Jorge Ezeizabarrena and he is from the Basque region.


“Paella should be a free area, a meeting of civilisations, not a bloody Wailing Wall,” he declared.

It amused him, he said, that Valencianos defended their paella in its present form when it differed so much from the regional character.

“They are syrupy, sickly sweet and build horrendous Fallas, their Falleras do their hair in buns that look like teacakes and then they want a minimalist paella,” De Jorge lamented.

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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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