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Todd Prepares Seafood Paella at Rooftop Bachelor Pad

Joey Fatone visits Todd Wagner at his Washington home. Todd -- a self-described 'techie' originally from Canada -- has perfected his seafood paella recipe.
Todd bought a 1923 home in Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. He gutted the lakefront home and built a rooftop deck that is complete with an outdoor kitchen where he entertains his friends and family with good drinks and great food. He learned his culinary skills in cooking classes he took in Italy and Seattle and through trial and error with family and friends.

Seafood paella is a dish originating from Valencia, Spain. After traveling to Spain, Todd experiented with his own version of the recipe. His tried and true methods have his family and friends coming back for more. He uses chicken thighs, pork chorizo, squid, clams, mussels, shrimp, short grain rice, saffron and blends it all together.

The process of making paella takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. Taking your time is key to a great paella.

Blooming the saffron was a technique Todd learned as a way to get the full flavor and oils from the saffron. It is an important part of making the paella. Another very important part to making the paella socarrat the correct way is to stir in the rice and let it roast for a few minutes and then you should not stir it again.

Click here for the seafood paella recipe.

Segment 1
Prepping the Paella
Prepping the Paella
After Todd shows Joey around his rooftop deck, which is complete with an outdoor kitchen, they get started on the seafood paella.
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Segment 2
Blooming Saffron and Making The Sofrito
Blooming Saffron and Making The Sofrito
Todd demonstrates the step-by-step process of perfecting the paella. He starts by blooming the saffron, which is a specialty Todd learned over the years.
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Segment 3
The Secret to Great Paella
The Secret to Great Paella
Todd shares the secret to great paella -- after you stir in the rice and let it roast, you should not stir it again. This is very important to making the paella socarrat the correct way.
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Segment 4
Time to Taste Test the Paella
Time to Taste Test the Paella
After an all-day cooking adventure, the seafood paella is ready for Joey and the party to taste.
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Segment 5
Bachelor Pad Paella
Bachelor Pad Paella
Paella is currently an internationally-known rice dish from Spain. Saffron, the spice that also turns the rice a wonderful golden color, is an essential part of the dish.
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Behind-the-Scenes Photos: Rooftop Bachelor Pad
Joey Fatone visits Todd Wagner at his home in Seattle, Washington.
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