Mexicans cooked the best paella in the world in a contest in Spain

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Rogelio Castañón, 30, and Alfonso Ovalle, 32, represented Crocus Gastronomic Services, from Guadalupe, Zacatecas.

Two Mexican chefs won the prize for the best paella in the world this Sunday, winning first prize at the International Paella Valenciana Contest in the city of Sueca.

Rogelio Castañón, 30, and Alfonso Ovalle, 32, represented Crocus Gastronomic Services, from Guadalupe, Zacatecas, who traveled to the most important paella contest in the world with the support of the Government of the State of Querétaro and the Freixenet winery, of the same entity.

“Their representatives, visibly moved after hearing the verdict, have achieved the recognition of the jury,” the Sueca City Council reported in a statement.


The winners will return home with a commemorative scroll, delivered by the mayor of Sueca, Dimas Vázquez, as well as a prize of 2,500 euros (50 thousand pesos). The second prize went to the Mesón El Molino, from Valencia, and the third to the Bornheimer Ratskeller Restaurant, from Frankfurt (Germany).

“As happened in the 2019 and 2021 editions, those responsible for the Contest have wanted to open it even more to the public by raffling tickets to be able to attend the awards ceremony and thus learn, from within, the ins and outs of the contest”, reported the Swedish City Council.

For its part, Crocus Gastronomic Services published on its social networks: “We are very proud of our chefs Alfonso Ovalle and Rogelio Castañon Felix for their participation in the international final of the Sueca Paella Contest ”. 

“May success is only the result of their work and passion with which they have always stood out and put the name of Mexico on high,” said the company from Zacatecas.

Mexico Daily Post