Candidates have six hours maximum. Each has to bake on the spot and in front of the audience, completing 40 French tradition baguettes that meet the required specifications.
The jury is directed by Pascal Barillon, winner of the Best Baguette in Paris 2011 championship, and includes six bread baking professionals. Baguettes are graded according to six points: look, crust (color, crispiness), flavor, crumb (color, honeycombing), chewing and taste. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday May 15 in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.