M’seddi (is) the winner of France’s 2018 Grand Prize for Best Parisian Baguette—and, at 27 years old, the youngest recipient to date. … He owns a small, artisanal bakery in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, and beat out 180 other bakers this April in the city’s exhaustive competition judged by a panel of baguette experts. (Yes, you can be a baguette expert). The annual tournament grades the baguettes on aspect (appearance), cuisson (baking), mie-alvéolage (texture), odeur (smell) and goût (taste), not to mention strict qualificatory guidelines for size (between 55-65 centimeters in length and 250-300 grams in weight), in order to find a champion that wholly embodies French culture in a single loaf. Needless to say, this competition is treated with the utmost seriousness.