There’s no accounting for taste, but there’s a very simple explanation as to why the people of Spain are roasting British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver over his so-called paella: He totally fucked it up.
The restaurateur and one-time host of the Naked Chef series was foolish enough to post his recipe on Twitter, having learned nothing from the many cooks before him who dared to appropriate and/or ruin a regionally specific cuisine. Still, it looked tasty!
As the Guardian reported, commenters wrote that “the inclusion of chorizo meant the recipe absolutely could not be described as a paella in keeping with the dish’s true, Valencian origins.” But most people weren’t nearly that polite about the faux pas.
Some simply resorted to name-calling.
Tú lo que eres es un hijo de puta
— Sr.Cheeto (@Srcheeto) October 4, 2016
Or appropriate GIF reactions.
— Inés (@InesAlcolea) October 4, 2016
— Jot Down Magazine (@JotDownSpain) October 4, 2016
At least one observer called it “a crime against humanity.”
Others turned the tables with ridiculous spins on British fare.
My version of fish and chips combines aubergines with duck.
— Antonio Villarreal (@bajoelbillete) October 4, 2016
Or their own take on paella.
— Proscojoncio (@Proscojoncio) October 4, 2016
But everyone, and I mean everyone, was angry.
The best burn, however, was nothing short of art.
Will Oliver ever be able to set foot on the Iberian Peninsula again after this outrage? Only if he prefers to get roasted in person, I guess.
Update 6:09pm, Oct. 4: As Twitter’s comms team has pointed out, Spanish chef José Andrés found the whole controversy a little overblown and came to Oliver’s defense.
People of SPAIN! I know you think that photo doesn't look like a paella. But is an "Spanish Arroz"..lets give Jamie a break…
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 4, 2016
Hey, as long as everyone leaves the dinner table satisfied, right?