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Seafood Paella


Participation Guidelines

The Grand Champion and highest score from both categories will win a trip for 2 to Spain, including airfare and hotel accommodations for 7 days.

- Chefs are required to provide 500 appetizer portions.

- Teams must arrive no later than 9:00 AM, and start cooking their first paella by 11:15 AM.


- First time professional participants are welcome but must meet criteria for eligibility*

*Must be a professional Chef, own a restaurant/business or food truck. May be a professional chef at a local restaurant or hotel but have permission to participate from General Manager or owner.

- First time participants are required to attend a mandatory walkthrough of the site, date to be determined.


- On the day of the Challenge, teams must arrive no later than 9:00am, and start cooking their first paella by 11:15am. Doors open at 12noon.

We will provide:

- Paella pan, burner and propane, pantry ingredients, two 6’ tables with linens, plates and forks, napkins, hand-washing station, fire extinguisher, food permits.

- Ingredients to make two large paellas.

- Six (6) wristbands for your Professional Team*

*Wristbands must be worn at all times for security and event access. All members of your team must have a wristband.  

Please provide:

-  Ingredients to make 500 appetizer portions*

*Appetizers are to serve while your paella is cooking and in between preparation.

- Chefs are encouraged to bring in additional ingredients for their paella. Most all chefs will bring in specialty items for their paellas.

- Chefs will present 4 entrée portions individually plated on their personal vessel of choice.


For additional information, please contact JD Dominguez

Steps to Register

  1. Fill out the registration form

  2. Submit chef biography 

  3. Submit chef headshot (high resolution JPEG)

Cooking Categories

The competition consists of two categories that chefs can compete in –  Classical or Modern Interpretation. The Classical category is ideal for the chef who intends on cooking a paella that adheres to a traditional paella recipe (rice is a required element for all submissions). The Modern Interpretation category allows chefs to put a twist on the traditional paella dish.

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