DC Chef Wins Big at National Paella Competition

Chef Danny Lledo, Cooking PaellaDanny Lledó, chef and owner of Glover Park’s Slate Wine Bar + Bistro recently won the People ’s Choice Award at Paella Wine & Beer Festival 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA.  This annual Festival and competition is known for showcasing some of the best and most authentic paellas from chefs around the country.

Lledó competed against 60 teams in creating a traditional Valencian Paella and a Freestyle Paella.  His Valencian Paella features the traditional ingredients of chicken, pork, and vegetables while his Lobster PaellaFreestyle Paella features Lobster and Shrimp.  Both are cooked in the traditional manner  — over an open fire — and boast an extremely tasty Socarrat (a layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan), which is considered essential to the best quality paellas in Spain.

Thousands of attendees plus a panel of judges experienced and then cast their vote for the chef whose food they enjoyed the most, and Chef Danny walked away with the coveted People’s Choice Award!

Washingtonians looking to try Danny’s award-winning paella can head over to Slate Wine Bar + Bistro (2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW) where the seafood version is being served at the time of this writing.

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