Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris

Even more than le vin (wine), le pain (bread) is the basis of French gastronomy. People swear by certain bakers and each Parisian has his or her favourite boulangerie. Can there be a more affordable or delicious way to get into the French psyche while you’re here?

Of the 1,200 boulangeries in the city,  174 entered the 18th Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris – the annual competition to find the best baguette in town – run by the city council last week.

The baguettes being judged were not just any baguettes, but baguettes de tradition, bread that, according to a 1993 French law, must be mixed, kneaded, leavened, and baked on premises, without ever being frozen. The loaves must be additive-free and can contain only four ingredients: wheat flour, water, salt, and yeast.  So, the first time you buy a baguette in Paris, make sure it’s a baguette de tradition.

In 2011 has won the top prize the same bakery as in the last 4 years. The best baguettes are result of the big passion and effort of Pascal Barillon of Au Levain d’Antan! The 52 year-old baker gets a 4000€ cash prize and the yearly contract to deliver fresh baguettes to the President Nicolas Sarkozy.

1st Place: Pascal Barillon, Au Levain d’Antan” 6, rue des Abbesses, Paris 18th

And the runners up are:

2-Gaétan ROMP, 14 rue de la Michodière Paris 2nd

3-Pascal JAMIN « les saveurs du 20eme, 120 rue de Bagnolet Paris 20th

4-Gontran CHERRIER 22 rue Caulaincourt, Paris 18th

5-Le Fournil du village, M.RISSER 12 place J.B Clément Paris 18th

6-Les Gourmandises d’Eiffel, Gilles LEVASLOT, 187 rue de Grenelle Paris 7th

7-Jean-Noël JULIEN, 75 rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1st

8-Philippe MARACHE, 92 av de la République Paris 11th

9-Philippe BOGNER, 204 rue des Pyrénées Paris 20th

10-Le Grenier à pain Saint-Amand 33 bis rue Saint-Amand Paris 15th

And to help you on your search for the best baguette in Paris, here is a map of the most recent winners: Winners of the Best Baguette in Paris Map

Source of the winners list: http://myparisnotebook.com/

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