It’s no joke to win the title of the best baguette in the capital of the country that arguably makes the best baguettes in the world, especially since the crown means you will be the presidential palace's official baker for the next year.
And this year the title of the Paris's best baguette went to 24-year-old artisan baker Antonio Teixeira who runs the Boulangerie Aux Délices du Palais, on Boulevard Brune in the 14th arrondissement.
Teixeira beat 186 rivals to the prestigious crown that was judged on an array of criteria ranging from the baguette's appearance, smell and taste,
Though just to get the baguette into the hands of the judges was already a victory of sorts for entrants. Of the initial 187 wanna-be the best baguettes, 50 were disqualified for exceeding the size limit of 55-65 centimetres and the maximum weight of 300 grams.
The ever health conscious French also demanded the bread dough did not contain more than 18 grams of salt per kilo. So for those that made it past preliminaries, all they had to hope for was that the 15-member judging panel liked their produce.
Now in its 20th year, the annual Town Hall battle of the baguettes has already smiled on the bread makers at Aux Délices du Palais. In 1998 Antonio Teixeira's father also walked away with the medal for best baguette.
In addition to getting his name in the paper, Texeira’s victory also meant he will be supplying bread for the kitchen at the presidential Elysée Palace for the next year.