Jamie Oliver Upsets Spanish Fans With Unorthodox Paella Recipe

🚨 Uh oh, #PaellaGate 🚨

05/10/2016 10:15 | Updated 05 October 2016

Jamie Oliver has upset fans after he tweeted a paella recipe that incorporated rice, chorizo and chicken thighs.

Sharing a link to the recipe online, the TV chef wrote: “Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella.”

But it would appear that adding chorizo to paella is seen as an insult to traditionalists in Spain. 

People took to social media to complain about the recipe, with some labelling it an “abomination”. 

Meanwhile others found the funny side and labelled Oliver a “genius” for bringing the people of Spain together. 

Needless to say, the internet is now awash with #PaellaGate tweets. 

While many were genuinely angered by the recipe, others found the funny side and shared their own unorthodox recipes.  


Some even agreed that adding chorizo isn’t actually that bad.


And some even credited the chef for bringing the people of Spain together. 

In response to the furore, a spokesperson for Jamie Oliver told The Huffington Post UK: “Jamie gets lots of inspiration from traditional recipes and he loves paella.

“This is his version of the dish. He got his inspiration when on a trip to Spain, a grandmother whispered in his ear to add a bit of chorizo and, as you know, Jamie loves adding distinctive twists.”

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