On January 21st, 2016, twelve competitors will face off in a competition that began last Fall with the goal of crowning the best baguette in the Big Apple.
Baguette Battle New York 2016 pits the finalists of online magazine French Morning’s readers’ poll against each other in a blind tasting to win the coveted title of Best Baguette in NYC.
Open to the public, this event to be held at the Sofitel Hotel includes bread tastings with charcuterie (courtesy of event sponsor D’Artagnan) and cheese (Savencia), buffet with jam (Bonne Maman), and of course, some delicious wines. Competing finalists in this French bread fracas include:
François Brunet of Epicerie Boulud
Keith Cohen of Orwasher’s Bakery
François Danielo of La Boulangerie
Clemence Danko of Choc O Pain
Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit
Eric Kayser of Maison Kayser
Jean-Claude Perennou of Cannelle Patisserie
Hervé Poussot of Almondine
Gus Reckel of L’Imprimerie
Uri Scheft of Bread’s Bakery
Amy Scherber of Amy’s Bakery
Le Pain Quotidien
The professional jury deliberating over the entries in this doughy donnybrook for the ages is comprised of:
Sylvie Bigar, co-author of Daniel: My French Cuisine.
Ariane Daguin, “Queen of Foie Gras,” D’Artagnan founder, and winner of Bon Appetit‘s 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award
Didier Elena, Culinary Director of the Chef’s Club by Food & Wine, awardee of two Michelin stars, and chef at Essex House by Alain Ducasse.
Sylvain Harribey, executive chef of Sofitel New York, AAA Four-Diamond Award winner, and Food Network alumnus
Marc Levy, novelist and gourmand
Sara Moulton, television chef, cookbook author and Food Network alumna
André Soltner, Dean of Classic Studies at the French Culinary Institute, James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and former chef-owner of Lutèce.
Charlie Von Over, bread expert, bakery consultant, and author of The Best Bread Ever
The battle will be joined on January 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30.00 per attendee and are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-baguette-nyc-2016-tickets-20570641342.
Sofitel New York
45 West 44th Street
Between Fifth & Sixth Avenues
New York City