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How to Make Paella with Barcelona Cooking

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Junior Video Commissioner
Updated: 22 May 2017

We visited Barcelona Cooking in the heart of Las Ramblas street to meet Executive Head Chef Cándido Cid and learn how to cook some of the dishes that have placed Spain on the culinary map. In this video, we learn how to make paella. This popular rice dish is Spain’s most famous culinary export, and includes ingredients like prawns, mussels, saffron and a variety of vegetables. The school holds cooking classes at various times throughout the day, offering sessions taught in English where you can learn how to cook up everything from classic dishes to tapas, and even indulge in a spot of wine-tasting. If you’re staying in Barcelona and looking to get to know more about Spanish cuisine, Barcelona Cooking is a great option.

Chef Cid had this to say:

“The idea of Barcelona Cooking was born from a love for gastronomy and a desire to share it with the world. Launching a recreational cooking school provided the platform to offer unique, fun and memorable cultural experiences to travelers visiting or living in our beautiful city of Barcelona. We are thoughtful of our carbon footprint and utilize local farms and suppliers for all our products. In our classes, we use fresh, seasonal, locally-grown ingredients. Our team understands sustainable principles and practices—’farm to table’ is a way of life for us—and we take a lot of pride in the selection of our ingredients. The Catalonia region is rich with farmlands, vineyards, olive groves, and the sea. We are perfectly located to benefit from all these amazing natural resources. La Boqueria market is not only a guided tour we offer, but it is also a globally recognized premier market—which we support by purchasing products from suppliers there.”