Djibril Bodian of Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses
With thanks to Farine, who is always up on the latest in the world of bread.
Edit: One of the judges posted a blog on the competition. Gosselin took fifth. Here's the link to her comments
Thanks for that, Lindy!
I just read about this in the Independent as well. I stayed in this neighborhood last time I visited Paris, so I'm wondering if I've tasted Bodian's traditional baguette already... It's all hazy, and there were so many great ones...
Thanks for the links! It sounds like Bodian is truly humbled to have the title.
The author of the blog mentions Stephen Kaplan, which reminded me of the Conan interview. I'm sure everyone here has seen it by now, but this never gets old for me:
Thanks for sharing!
I hadn't seen that interview with Kaplan before...Hilarious!
I'll have to check out the video when I get home tonight - but can you imagine tasting 150 baguettes in four hours? Burp.
I think the judges deserve an award.
Bought this week. Very rich aroma, perfect crust and very big holes. 10 out of 10
and here is the Bodian crumb
Thanks for posting that Aad Rijkee! :)
To be perfectly honest, that doesn't look like a baguette crumb to me. Paris' best ciabatta, fine, but baguette? Judging from the rabbit burrows in the crumb, I think the dough looks a bit underdeveloped - I would've preferred a more regular crumb (but then again, I'm one of those conservative, ignorant fools who think that baguettes should be baked with poolish, not sourdough).
*runs for cover*
Hans Joakim, I had the exact same reaction to the crumb structure as you when I saw the photo. Make room under cover for me because I, too, tend to be a traditionalist when it comes to baguettes.
This week marks La Fete du Pain in France with events throughout the country. On Saturday, 15 May the city of Paris will host the 7th "Master de la baguette de tradition française". Master bakers from 4 regions will be on hand to bake 40 baguettes each and will be judged by a professional jury with the winner being announced at Notre Dame de Paris at 16h45. Djibril Bodian (this year's winner of La Grand Prix de La Baguette) and Daniel Pouphary (the runner up) will be representing Paris, Cédric Niel and Dominique Guignier les Hauts-de-Seine, Jérôme Duchamp and Anis Bouabsa Seine-Saint-Denis, and Éric Sanna and Cyril Polledri will represent Val de Marne. I will post the winner next week and may write something up on my blog: