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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.
Or appropriate GIF reactions.
At least one observer called it “a crime against humanity.”
Others turned the tables with ridiculous spins on British fare.
Or their own take on paella.
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.
Hey, as long as everyone leaves the dinner table satisfied, right?
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'