An annual contest has determined baker Ridha Khadher of Au Paradis du Gourmand makes the best baguettes in Paris. In addition to the title, a cash prize, and a trophy, Khadher gets the honor of baking baguettes for President Francois Hollande for the next year. He also obviously gets a bunch of publicity: according to blog Paris by Mouth, after the announcement Khadher was at his shop, "fighting back tears, watching the line of customers grow down the sidewalk." 152 bakers were accepted into the competition; a top ten list will be released. This is the first time in six years a bakery from outside Montmartre has won the competition. Below, a video report of the contest.
Video: Paris' Best Baguette
· Behind the Scenes at Paris' Best Baguette Competition [Paris by Mouth]
· Paris' Best Baguette [Euronews]
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