Cook at Home Paella

  • Spanish Trained Head Chef
  • Using quality Spanish Rice & Spices
  • Authentic Spanish Recipe
  • Serving Auckland since 2009

Our History

Operating since 2009

The founder of the Cook at Home Paella, Jose Luis Carpintero (son of Amparo Carpintero-Salgado), learned how to make Paella from chef Maria Victoria Cuenca and her staff while working in a Spanish restaurant in the early 1980s. Jose Luis and his wife Sally moved to New Zealand over 20 years ago and since August 2009; share their passion for Paella with you with Cook at Home Paella. The Paellas are Jose Luis' interpretation of his mother's family recipe and that of chef Cuenca.

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About Us

What is Paella?

In its modern form, the world-famous dish Paella (pronounced in Spanish: 'pie-ay-ah') originated in the mid-nineteenth century in the coastal cities of Valencia and Levante in eastern Spain. It was first considered to be poor man's fare because it was usually made with a little bit of whatever was on hand. Today, it has become one of Spain's most popular and best loved dishes! Paella takes its name from 'paella', the Valencian word for pan, and also the dish in which it is cooked. 'La Paellera' is a shallow, circular pan made of polished steel with a flat base and two round handles.

Why Spanish Rice?

Rice, which was introduced by the Moors during their long occupation of Spain from the 8th century, is a key ingredient of Paella, and for many centuries the peasants of Valencia would use paella pans to cook rice with readily available ingredients from the countryside, including tomatoes, onions and snails. On special occasions, rabbit or duck might be included and the better off could afford chicken.

Why are there so many different types of Paella?

Different varieties of Paella are now found all over Spain, with each region contributing its unique version. Traditionally, Paella features chicken, duck, rabbit and snails but popular variations include seafood Paella featuring prawns, mussels and clams, plus chicken or rabbit, a little pork and sometimes sausage. When a Paella is cooked, the rice often forms a delicious golden crust on the bottom called socarrat.

When do the Spanish usually eat Paella?

Paella is really a Sunday dish eaten when the whole family is together. It is best cooked outside over an open wood fire and this is how it is often done. In Spain, grandmothers can still be found making it in the back garden for the family on special occasions.

Our Testimonials

Jade & Ben

Thank you so so much for your AMAZING food at our wedding. Everything was delicious and we have had so many comments on how good the food was. It really was a special part of our day and totally helped in keeping with the casual vibe and feeling of the day.

Kathy & Leon

I wanted to thank you for a delicious paella on our wedding day. Our guests loved it! You made our day very easy and special. Thanks

Nikki & Simon

On behalf of my family I'd like to sincerely thank you for a wonderfully catered event. Your food and service was outstanding and made our son's baptism all the more memorable. Our guests couldn't stop raving about the delicious paella and the churro's was the icing on the cake. All the best success for you in the future.