Category: Media & Culture / April 26, 2013 10:34 AM EDT
Paris awoke to the smell of fresh baked bread from hundreds of bakeries on Friday (April 26) but only one would be the crowned the best baguette in the city.
Baker Ridha Khadher's loaf was awarded the title on Thursday in a hotly-contested competition that saw 203 Parisian bakers compete for recognition as the finest purveyor of one of France's most iconic staples.
The winner takes away a prize of 4000 euros and the job of providing French President Francois Hollande with his share of baguettes for a year as the official supplier of the Elysee Palace.
On the day of the contest, nervous bakers eyed up the competition as they lined the corridors with baguettes on trays, in bundles and even stuffed into rucksacks.
Each contestant entered two registered baguettes, given unbranded white wrappings and identification numbers, then each loaf was carefully weighed and measured to make sure they fit the contest’s strict standards.
Judges assessed each competitor in terms of cooking, taste, quality of dough, smell and appearance.
Khadher, asked what made his baguettes special, credited his success to old-fashioned techniques and a deal of patience.
Khadher added that he hoped Hollande would be as much of a fan as his regular customers.
Video Source: Reuters