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Paella for the World Foundation’s  mission is to organize activities  in the United States to disseminate the Spain’s culinary traditions and benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet.

The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps even a glass of red wine—among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the Mediterranean diet as an eating plan that can help promote health and prevent disease.


Paella for the World Foundation is the founder and organizer of the New Jersey Paella Fest, an event that has  had   two successful editions in the Garden State.

The first New Jersey Paella Festival  took place on October 25th 2014  in Jersey City. It was inaugurated by Vincent Prieto,  Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Mr.Prieto also issued a proclamation declaring the above mentioned  date as “New Jersey Paella Day”. This is the first time   that a state devotes a day to honor the paella and the Mediterranean diet.

On October 24th 2015 New Jersey was chosen   as the venue for the  semi-finals of    the International Valencian Paella Contest of Sueca( the oldest and most prestigious competition of paellas in the world). Up to now The International Valencian Paella Contest of Sueca held only three semifinals worldwide: Japan, China and Australia. Beginning in 2015 The International Valencian Paella Contest of Sueca will include a fourth semifinal here in New Jersey.

During the fall of 2015 Mr. Rodolfo Gonzalez Almaguer (founder and CEO of Paella for the World Foundation ) was named  Ambassador of the Valencian Paella in  the United States. This acknowledgement was given by the City of Sueca, a town in Valencia, Spain, where for more than half  a century    the International Valencian Paella Contest is held annually.


Rodolfo  Gonzalez  Almaguer


Executive Director,  Paella for the World. Rodolfo  is a veteran journalist  who  has worked as a newswriter  for TV channels such as Univision (channel 41), Telemundo and  NY 1 Noticias. González Almaguer  is an  advocate of  preserving our environment and consuming local foods.

 Mayda  Alfonso


Manager of the Executive Office,  Paella for the World. Mayda  is the principal contact for the Executive Director and provides support to the organization in all  areas with an emphasis on communications, outreach, writing and editing. 

 Suzana Daroca Martínez

Suzana Martinez

Coordinator of the Fermín Daroca Excellence Award, Paella for the World. Suzana Daroca Martínez was born of Valencian parents and grew up watching her father make delicious paellas. She is a staff interpreter in the New Jersey Judiciary in Newark.