Among the things we love about Paris is the wonderful fresh bread at our local boulangerie… especially the Baguette. President Emmanuel Macron agrees. He recently declared that Unesco should include “la baguette au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité.”
The prize this year for the best traditional style Baguette in Paris was recently awarded to Mahmoud M’seddi, artisan-baker of the boulangerie “2M” located in Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement, just down the street from Le Dome at 215 Bd Raspail.
A French icon the standard baguette has a diameter of about 5 or 6 centimetres (2 or 2⅓ in) and a usual length of about 65 centimetres (26 in), although a baguette can be up to a meter (39 in) long. Rules for the contest stipulate that a baguette weigh 250-300 grams and not contain more than 18 grams of salt per 1 kilo of flour. In addition to earning 4000 Euros prize money Mahmoud M’seddi won the chance to provide bread for a year to the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the French president.