Parisians to cast vote for best baguette in the city
PARIS, April 19 — Aside from the French presidential election, Parisians will be casting their vote for another national institution this spring, vital to the country’s daily goings-on: the best baguette in the city.
It’s an annual tradition that makes celebrities of bakers and turns neighbourhood bakeries into tourist hotspots with lineups that round street corners.
And like previous editions, the city is inviting local residents to take part — six amateur jury members will participate in the task of crowning the best baguette in the city, in categories of appearance, baking, smell and taste.
The winning baker will go home with €4,000 (RM16,000) and, perhaps more importantly, baguette bagging rights, along with the status of official supplier of bread for one year to the Elysée, official residence to France’s president.
Last year, a panel of food writers, bakers and select members of the public gave top marks to the bakery Au levain d’antan in the Montmartre area.
Participants have until April 25 to register. The baguette tasting takes place May 2. — AFP-Relaxnews