• Winner of baguette contest in Paris to serve bread to Sarkozy for a year


    Djibril Bodian of the Le Grenier a Pain bakery recently crafted a baguette that has officially been named the best in Paris this year, and will receive the honor and responsibility of furnishing the French president Nicholas Sarkozy with bread for the next year.

    The baguettes in the annual contest numbered over 160 and were judged on a variety of criteria, including texture, look, size, smell, weight, and of course, taste, according to the New York Times.

    In addition to the honor of baking bread for the president, Bodian has won 4,000 euros for preparing the city's best baguette.

    He's also enjoyed increased business. After the winner was announced, the line outside Bodian's bakery has doubled in length, the news source reports.

    Despite having been judged on so many detailed criteria, Bodian has said that judging a quality baguette is not especially complicated. "A good baguette needs to look good, have a crispy crust and a good smell and taste," the new star baker of the city explained.

    Those that want to sample the best baguette in Paris can head over to the Montmartre district, where Le Grenier a Pain is located.

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