The Best Bakery in France: with sardine bread, the Sétois of La Carioca intrigue the jury
The manager of the Sétoise bakery “La Carioca”, Damien Larderet, participated this Thursday evening, January 5, in the program “La Meilleur Boulangerie de France”. He brilliantly passed the first selection.
On the shoulders of Damien Larderet, manager of the La Carioca bakery on the Quai Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, and his team, it was the pressure of all the people of Sète who weighed down this Thursday, January 5th. His ambition? Put the singular island on the map of France for good bread. His hand did not shake. While on the show “The best bakery in France” on M6 Thursday January 5, the young baker won his duel.
Facing him, Olivia, a former soldier from Montpellier, who intended to make short work of our local representative. The duel was articulated in four tests of which we did not miss a crumb.
A first class panettone
It was primarily on the look of his shop and the quality of his range that Damien Larderet had to defend his luck. The jury, made up of pastry chef Noémie Honiat and the baker Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2004 Bruno Cormerais, was particularly won over by the vintage look of the store and the wide variety of artisan breads offered to customers. The judges have decided: the La Carioca bakery obtains a score of 8 out of 10 for this first test and takes the lead over its opponent who only obtains a 7.
The rest of the competition concerns the presentation of a signature product which must show the creativity of the baker. His pistachio-lemon-white chocolate panettone is a hit with the jury. “I have already tasted a lot of panettones, but this one is in my Top 3”even gets carried away Noémie Honiat who gives the pastry a perfect score of 10. Damien Larderet takes a break on this second stage despite the beautiful brioche presented by the baker from Montpellier.
On the way to the national final?
There are then two stages left for Damien to drive the point home. First in the test of the best bread during which he honors the delights of our region by offering a “sardine bread”. Then on the last challenge during which he had to propose a creation to accompany a rice pudding with liquorice. His grapefruit pavlovas decorated with Timut pepper went like hot cakes to the jurors.
With an average of 9 over the four events against 8 for his opponent, the manager of La Carioca wins hands down. With this victory, Damien Larderet gives himself the chance to represent the Occitanie region in the national final. He will perhaps be selected in the program this Friday evening among the five winning bakers of their duels this week.