French bread is a journey of the senses. You see the golden brown color. You feel the heat of a baguette fresh out of the oven. You smell its mouth-watering scent. You hear the crust cracking as you tear off a piece. And last but not least: You taste the subtle aromas of a bread that is crunchy and soft in all the right places. There’s a reason why the iconic baguette is in the running for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Making bread is a straightforward process. It requires just four ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast. It also only takes four manufacturing stages: kneading, fermentation, shaping, and baking. Yet not all bread is created equal, something that Damien Dedun, who received France’s top baker award in 2017, and whose baguette was voted the best in Paris in 2022, knows well.