A total of 349 restaurants in the world have already been included in Wikipaella Guide 2022, confirming their good work in the kitchen. The list of restaurants included in the seventh edition of the guide was presented this week in Valencia at a party attended by officials of the world’s main paella restaurants.
A total of 62 buildings is the number awarded to the Cullera de fusta, the badge that proves they cook classic paella over wood. And they are not only in the Valencian region where they use this system. In Las Vegas, Orlando, UK, and of course in Madrid or Murcia.
Wikipaella 2022 guide explains everything from what classic paella is, and how it should be eaten, to the location of more than 300 restaurants around the world that cook up this dish with rigor.
Thus, this year’s edition includes the location of 349 restaurants around the world where you can sample an authentic paella that, despite the distance, maintains their commitment to the classic recipe. You can also find all the information about the winners at wikipaella.org.
Valencian Community Leadership
In this version, most of the restaurants featured by Wikipaella are located in the Valencian Community. Alicante contributes to the guide with 82 establishments, 20 of which are with the Cullera de Fusta for wood-fired cooking; In the province of Castellón there are 40 restaurants, 7 of which are recognized Cullera de fusta; The province of Valencia has 180 restaurants to sample the authentic paella, 31 of which continue to be wood-fired, identified by the Cullera de Fusta.
Outside the Valencia region, the “Where to Eat Authentic Paella” guide collects information on up to 42 restaurants across Spain and the world. In Colombia, Dubai, the United States or Costa Rica, there are places that gather all the traditions and serve this dish as if they were next to Albufeira.
Also among these are restaurants that cook paella over wood and have won the Cullera de fusta award: Arros QD in the UK; Trouble in Vegas. Disney racket in Orlando.
“Where to Eat Authentic Paella” lists 42 restaurants across Spain and the world
The “Where to Eat Authentic Paella” guide is an initiative started by Wikipaella, a platform led by Guillermo Navarro, journalist and collaborator with La Vanguardia, Paco Alonso and José Mazza. It is a guide and webpage that lists every place in the world where you can find classic and well cooked paella. In addition, those places where you cook on firewood are also rewarded.
Like every year, Wikipaella has awarded four awards to people or entities that stand out for their commitment to classic paella. The award for the best organization went to Las Hogueras de San Juan, for the paella event in Lo Morant Park, which after its release, for 40 years, has gathered thousands of people around the Alicante paella. At this 2022 edition, the award for Chef of the Year went to Jesús Melero, of Sueca Ri-Ra Restaurant. In addition, Wikipaella also considered the 2022 Easy Paella from Vicente Prior as the best product. The mechanism that developed its first prototype in 2018, has even become an additional element in the world of paella, where the moment of adding rice is controlled in a convenient and precise way. Finally, on this occasion, innovation in such a traditional sector was taken into account and Félix Vallugera and cook_obsession were awarded to create an innovative process for preparing rice cooked in paella.
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