Passion for Paella

Oceania Cruises: Chef Garanger’s Passion for Paella + Secret Recipe

During the decade that Fleet Corporate Executive Chef Franck Garanger has been living in Valencia, he has become very passionate about learning how to cook true Valencian paella. To discover the way locals cook this famous national dish, he began traveling from village to village in Spain to watch paella competitions.

Along the way, Chef Garanger learned many things such as how important it is to start with sautéing the red bell pepper very slowly to flavor the oil and precisely following the order of adding ingredients. He also discovered how Valencianos crush the tomato and garlicusing a mortar, the traditional way of cutting the meat, and even having a sense of how to control the fire as the paella cooks.

Here’s his personal recipe:


Franck’s Paella Valenciana

Serves 5


  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 sprigs flat parsley, chopped
  • Lorem ipsum 5


  • 7½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon saffron pistils
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • ¾ cup squid, sliced into rings
  • 10 tiger prawns
  • ¾ cup pork, cut in 2 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • (pimentón de la vera)
  • ¾ cup flat beans
  • 2 ½ cups Sarica Valencia paella rice
  • 10 fresh black mussels
  • 1/3 cup fava beans
  • 2 lemons, quartered



Combine the fresh tomatoes with the garlic and crush using a mortar. Mix in the parsley and then set the tomato base aside.


Heat the chicken stock and add the saffron pistils. Bring to a boil, and then set aside. In a paella pan, add oil, sauté the bell peppers on low heat until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. In the same pan, sear the squid and prawns. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.  Add the diced pork, and olive oil, if necessary. Sauté on medium heat until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken is cooked through. Deglaze with the tomato base and add the paprika. Add the flat beans to the pan and cook until all the water evaporates and it begins roasting again. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes. Mix in the saffron chicken stock and place the bell peppers on top.

Add the fresh mussels, prawns, squid, and fava beans. Bring to a boil and cook on high for approximately 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid evaporates and mussels open. Do not stir the rice in order to create the soccarat, or crispy crust, on the bottom. Garnish with lemon quarters.

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