Book a Paella Cooking Competition in Barcelona! There’s nothing quite like the sweet smell of success – except maybe the delicious smell of fresh paella cooking on the stove! Join these two exceptional scents with our Paella Cooking Competition in Barcelona.

In a masterclass punctuated by a healthy rivalry, your group will be split into teams and race to be crowned best chefs of the day. A key part of team-building is a bit of competition, and that is available by the pan-load in this awesome, engaging and delightfully tasty activity.

Click here to see a short video of the activity: Paella Competition Video

VENUE Depends on the group size.
Chef + assistant(s)
Snacks during the class
Paella dinner + drinks.
Transfers to/from venue.

Paella Cooking Competition: What is Paella?

Paella is a delicious rice dish from Valencia, the region to the south of Catalonia, and it comes in many forms. While purists will say there is only one “true” paella recipe (and every grandchild will dutifully say their grandmother’s is the best!), over the years many different versions of this classic dish have been developed – and now we want you to work with your teammates to create one of your own. It really is the most scrumptious team building activity in Barcelona.

With meat, fish and vegetable variations, your imagination will be the key to victory.

Where, how and what to cook

Each team will be competing with the other teams to make an innovative, beautiful and flavourful paella using a variety of ingredients provided for you.

With the assistance of a chef (note we use the word assistance – the chef will NOT be doing everything for you!), and under the guidance of head chef Joshua, your team will work together in order to cook a delicious and exciting meal which everyone will get to share at the end of the competition. From the traditional Valencian paella of meat and vegetables to the Barcelona favourite Seafood paella, your group will develop its own twist on one of these classic combinations.

How do we win the cook-off?

The group will be judged on flavour, presentation, speed and the quality of teamwork demonstrated. The winners will also get the pride (and bragging rights!) of being crowned the Paella Champions and be toasted with a glass of delicious Cava to celebrate. Your company can also provide a prize or trophy (or we can provide one for an additional cost) which will be presented in a ceremony at the end of the dinner.

What’s included?

This activity is suitable for groups from 12 people and up to more than 100 people, so some things may vary (for example, the number of assistants). The activity will generally last around three to four hours.

1.     Chef assistants

These experience chefs will be on hand to help you realise your creative vision, give advice on flavouring and seasoning and be a general helper throughout the competition. You can ask them anything you want but they won’t cook the dish for you!

2.    Snacks to eat during the cooking

We all get hungry when we’re cooking, especially as the smells of delicious food reach our nostrils and waft around the kitchen. To help quell the urge to eat up all the paella ingredients during the cooking process, snacks of local cured meats, cheeses and traditional “pa amb tomaquet” (bread with tomato, olive oil and garlic) will be available for your team to nibble on.

3.    Paella dinner

It might seem obvious, but of course, at the end of the competition, your whole group will sit down to enjoy a delectable dinner. You will all get to sample the dishes made by your competitors and have a relaxed and enjoyable meal – maybe with some good-natured teasing about whose dish was the worst! – with plenty of wine, beer, water and soft drinks to go with the food.

There will also be a fresh salad that will be prepared in advance by the team of chefs and a traditional Catalan dessert of “Mel i Mato”. This final course of local Catalan honey and fresh Catalan cheese with crushed walnuts and berries will round off a beautiful evening of competition, food and drink.

Paella Cooking Competition: Want more deliciousness?

We also offer Tapas Cooking Competitions and an option to combine both contests into one for a small additional cost per person.

Turn a paella dinner into a veritable Spanish feast, with each team creating a different Spanish tapa for everyone to share at the end. Using fresh ingredients of meat, fish, vegetables and cheeses, the local culture of sharing small dishes will be brought to life by your own hands.

Looking for the whole package?

We can help you organise a great corporate event and team-building trip in Barcelona, with executive services available. Let us know when you get in touch if you would like help with accommodation, transfers and other awesome activities in Barcelona.

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The most delicious competition in town! Learn how to make a tasty paella while competing against your colleagues to make the best one. Finish the day by eating it all, washing it down with sangria.

  • 2-3 Chef assistants (all speak English fluently)
  • Staff for cleaning and serving
  • Snacks to eat during the cooking (Spanish cured meats and cheese and Catalan bread with tomato)
  • Salad to be served along with the paella (made by the chefs before the event)
  • Dessert of Mel i Mato (Fresh Catalan cheese) with crushed walnuts and mix of fresh berries
  • Wine, Beer, Water and Soft Drinks.
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