In The Guardian journalist Sam Jones’ words “Jamie Oliver united the nation by tweeting his own twist on paella”. Why was it divides in the first place, you ask? Well, you’ll have to look up the country’s recent general election outcomes for that. But as far as the country’s foodies are concerned, Jamie Oliver overstepped a few Paella rules.

Earlier this week, the Naked Chef host tweeted a picture of what looked like an immaculate rice dish, which was captioned “Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella. My version combines chicken thighs & chorizo”. I say “rice dish” because after the response that the post received, I’m not too comfortable in calling it a paella. Here’s the image that was posted by Oliver:

To give you a background, Paella – a 19th century Valencian dish – is to Spain as pasta is to Italy. Yeah, serious stuff. It is traditionally made with whiter rice, veggies, seafood, and/or chicken. So, the Spanish folks were positively appalled over the chorizo. Why the hullaballoo over paella, one may wonder. Well, Oliver’s version of the traditional rice dish consisted of chorizo, which is a kind of meat that is clearly (going by the online backlash) is not put in paella.

Twiterattis were up in arms against the Chef’s take on the dish. Although, in all fairness, he did mention that it was “his take”. But then food Nazis argued that paella with chorizo is like “fish and chips using aubergines, duck, beef and ravioli”.

What do you think? Is it okay to give traditional recipes a twist? Or was Oliver’s twist a tad too twisted to digest? Let us know in the comment section.

Meanwhile, Jamie Oliver is wondering whether to take credit for uniting a nation or just sit back and eat his fish and chips with duck fillet.