I learned to cook paella on a work team build. We went and took a cooking class and this was one of the things they taught. I immediately went out and bought a paella pan and started perfecting what I had learned. Originally I had learned to make a vegetarian recipe, but I love meat far too much to not add it in. I have made this so many times now, it is one of my go to recipes if I have friends over for the first time for my cooking.