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'The Best Bakery in France' picks 3 French Riviera bakeries

Bakeries in Cannes, Le Cannet and Antibes take to the screen this week to compete on the TV programme ‘La Meilleure Boulangerie de France’ or ‘The Best Bakery in France’.

Chez Steff in Antibes, Mimi Faktory in Le Cannet and artisan baker Fred Caniard in Cannes are the Alpes-Maritimes’ bakeries to be featured on the TV show. An additional seven from the wider Région Sud will take part.

The bake-off can be watched every day this week from Monday to Friday at 6.40 pm on channel M6. The local Riviera bakers will be shown on Tuesday 09 February and Thursday 11 February. Replay online will be available here:

Bakeries hoping to be crowned France’s best must present judges Bruno Cormerais and Norbert Tarayre with several products: a bread, a favourite product of their selection and a baked good incorporating a local ingredient of the panel’s choice.

After enjoying the programme, we are lucky enough to be able to try the bakeries for ourselves!

Here is where to find them:

Chez Steff

Stéphane (c) with the judging panel. Photo: 'Boulangerie Chez Steff' Facebook page

Opened five years ago, Chez Steff in Antibes is home to the youngest baker of the three featured. Stéphane Attal is an innovative patissier, pushing the boundaries of the traditional boulangerie by selling actual homemade croissants alongside mass-produced bread, a practice which took the judges by surprise. Try his local creation, la persichois, combining anchovies and parsley in a puff pastry baguette.

833 Chemin des Combes, Antibes

Mimi Faktory

Breads on offer at Mimi Faktory. Photo: 'MIMI Faktory' Facebook page.

Sylvain and Mila opened Mimi Faktory in 2019 in Le Cannet. Both partners have an impressive CV in the food industry. While working in a 5-star restaurant in Moscow, opening a bakery was always on their mind, revealed Mika to Nice Matin. With many products inspired by their Russian roots, the bakery offers a taste of another culture during a time we cannot travel. Customers can try the speciality, Le Medovick, a Russian cake made with layers of honey and Madagascan whipped cream.

5 Boulevard Sadi Carnot, Le Cannet

Boulangerie Fred

Frédéric Caniard welcomed the M6 camera crew to his artisan boulangerie in Cannes to show the skills he has spent his life cultivating. A native of Ardennes, he started his career as a 16-year-old apprentice at a bakery in his hometown. It has not always been smooth rolling for the baker, but, as he told Nice Matin, he has loved it since he made his first croissant. This flaky crescent, the most traditional and iconic product of French patisserie, is now one of his specialities.

5 Rue Venizelos, Cannes

Whatever the outcome of the competition, we are all winners with so many great bakeries right here! Foodies on the French Riviera can take on the role of judges themselves and travel the short distance between the bakeries to put the pastries to the test.

We wish our bakers the best of luck!

- Kimberley Mannion

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