Photo via @jamieoliver/Twitter

British celebrity chef’s paella gets absolutely trashed on Twitter

These owns are tastier than any entrée.

 

Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Oct 4, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:15 pm CDT

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!

https://twitter.com/jamieoliver/status/783251738509836288

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.

https://twitter.com/Zurdo/status/783262440486297605

At least one observer called it “a crime against humanity.”  

https://twitter.com/micromeditacion/status/783275151127379968

Others turned the tables with ridiculous spins on British fare.

https://twitter.com/phobophille/status/783261095389790208

Or their own take on paella.

But everyone, and I mean everyone, was angry.

https://twitter.com/AnageMidos/status/783267113242882048

https://twitter.com/AnageMidos/status/783271094098755584

The best burn, however, was nothing short of art.

https://twitter.com/churreznos/status/783280036161912832

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?

H/T Guardian

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2016, 10:52 am CDT