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The Baguette Embraces France’s Diversity

Mahmoud M’Seddi is the best baker in Paris. For the second year in a row, a baker of Maghrebin descent has won the Baguette Grand Prix of the city of Paris. ”The French national bread scene is now undeniably multicolored,” approved American historian and French bread expert Steven Kaplan.

An annual competition to make the best baguette in the French capital takes place every April. Officially named the Grand prix de la baguette de tradition française de la ville de Paris, the event celebrates the expertise and virtuosity of its laureates, who are judged according to strict criteria. The winner receives a check for 4,000 euros, and the right to supply the Elysée Palace with bread for one year. The jury’s decision is based on factors such as how well the baguette is cooked, the taste, the interior, and the aroma.

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