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There is nothing more French than a good butter croissant. France does not hesitate to highlight this classic of gastronomy by organizing, for example, competitions to elect the best of France. This is the case of a competition which has just taken place to win the precious title. To do this, the candidates had to highlight their skills, notably by making no less than 30 traditional butter croissants. In 5 hours, the participants had a single objective: to seduce the 6 members of the jury chaired by Xavier Bordet.
After the various tests, the deliberation was not easy. The jurors based themselves on strict criteria to elect the winner such as cooking, quality of the puff pastry, shape, appearance and regularity, flavor, smell, and texture of the crumb. But that’s not all, the experts also looked at questions of hygiene, compliance with regulations, organization, gilding, and the technique of making puff pastry. Only one idea in mind: find the exceptional croissant. And precisely after several hours of ordeal, ultimately it was a Lyonnais who knew how to stand out to bring the National Confederation of French Bakery and Pastry into agreement.
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It was ultimately Alexis Douine, 38, who won the title of best croissant in France. For four generations, his family has been at the head of the Henry Gay house in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. The bakery had already won a title before, that of the best pain au chocolat in France in 2022.
So you now know where to go to buy your morning pastries if you live in the Lyon region!