Elena's Story

My name is Maria Elena Rebolledo Montilla and I own and operate ‘Elena’s Paella’ together with my husband, Joe.

I was born in Madrid, Spain and my family dates back many generations.

I was raised by my abuela (grandmother) and when I was a young girl my abuela taught me how to cook the traditional family paella, as did her mother and her mother before her.

I came to Australia in 1985 after meeting my husband, Joe overseas.

I started cooking paella for family and friends, they all told me that I should share my paella with all of Melbourne.

Once my children grew up, the opportunity arose to start Elena’s Paella and fulfill a life long dream.

Everyone always asks me why is your paella so tasty?…I just tell them

“That it must be the way my abuela taught me how to enhance the authentic flavours of Spain.”