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Video: Le Boulanger

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arhoolie

Video: Le Boulanger

I just happened to stumble across this video of a French baker discussing, well, I have no idea.  I know little more than a few words of French and what French pronounciation I know I've picked up from learning the names of French-Canadian hockey players.  Nonetheless,  I found this video of a French baker fascinating.  I thought you might, too.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6vG06VStu4


 


-brian

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LindyD

I don't speak French, but would title it "The Apprentice."


Very interesting video - especially the picture frame.  The leaf detail was incredible.


Thanks for sharing it.

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arzajac

He's discussing his passion for baking.


 


He has replicated his master's work (which you see in the final minute of the video);  in 1971 Léonard Poilaine created a bedroom made out of bread.


 


 


And my wife thinks *my* bread baking is obsessive...


 

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arhoolie

I took the younger person in the video to be either a son or an apprentice.  Could the francophones among tell for certain?


 


-brian

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Yumarama

Unless I missed it, it's not mentioned either way. But I'd assume if it were his son, he'd already be quite familiar with such things as taste and fragrance. 

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arhoolie

Ah, good point.  I didn't think of that.


 


-Brian

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arzajac

He's just a baker.  He became a baker in 1978 and met Léonard Poilaine in 1982 when he was looking for work.  From him, he says he learned his passion.


 

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Cendrillon

The young chap is the apprentice, in the same way that the baker had been Poilâne's apprentice.


The baker says that it is his duty and his responsibility, as a compagnon-boulanger, to pass on his skills and passion to others, who will do the same in time. It would be selfish of him not to do so.

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maawallace

Anybody catch his hands when he's shaping his miche? Not that it's the hardest thing to do, but he did about 8 things in 2 seconds. pretty cool.

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Jw

great video! I looked into it a bit which my 11-year old, (who is just starting French and said "it looks like it is about bread") and found out:


- that is a part of a TV5Monde series (international French Tv) about 'artisans'
- it is part of a training/education, you can take an exam as well
- the transcipt is on this page,


A bit of translation for you (my French is a bit (c)rusty:
Pascal is a great fan of pain de campange, natural fermentation, slow fermentation for pain a l'ancienne.
Lionel Poilâne was his teacher (master?), who received a request from Salvador Dali himself (see the picture in the movie)
Pascal mentions the creativity of la boulangerie.


BTW: when in Paris do visit http://www.poilane.fr/index.php?lang=en or read the history http://www.poilane.fr/pages/en/company_univers_histoire.php


I don't understand why Pascal can mark the bread the same way as at Poilane's shop. Maybe it is because he was his student.


Bon appetit! Jw.