Cherry on top. Gontran Cherrier opens his first boulangerie in Paris

19 Dec
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Gontran Cherrier, the new shopfront, braided brioche. Image of Gontran Supplied/©Marie Taillefer

Yesterday I went to the opening of the next big thing in the world of the bread and baked goodness. Gontran Cherrier: the 31-year-old Parisian, 3rd generation baker, hit author of 8 cookbooks and passionate, innovative entrepreneur has just opened his first shop front on the chic Rue Caulaincourt in the buzzing quartier of Montmarte. Gontran is onto a seriously good thing with his unique way of reinventing classics, successfully striking a balance between tradition and innovation, and taking the art of artisian boulangier into the future.

Talking about the future, the French are not big fans of change. If you relocate the office coffee machine, they will strike about it. If you swap the gruyere for goats cheese, they might not eat it. So… it takes one brave, clever and creative cookie to introduce change into something as sacred and intrinsic to every day French life as bread.

I never used to eat much bread before I lived in France, now I just cannot escape it, let alone imagine not eating it. Not only is it served with every meal by default- but it’s always so darn good! Parisians will queue outside a boulangerie on a Sunday morning for 20 minutes while it’s snowing a blizzard and minus 4 degrees- just to get good bread, and on that note, I have a feeling my next busy chez Gontran will be greeted by a massive queue. A queue of enthusiastic Parisians, tourists and expats who appreciate his innovative menu of French classics with a twist, friendly international staff, totally reasonable prices and the buzzing ambience in the beautifully designed, gorgeous hausmannien shop itself (designed by Franz Potisek) where you will find his daily selection of gorgeous breads and pastries such as:

  • Green rocket juice, red paprika or black squid-ink bagel buns
  • Baguettes- traditional or wholegrain
  • Country bread- cut and ordered by weight/kg
  • Bread with black molasses, ginger and coriander seeds
  • Bread with chick pea flour, black olives, candied lemon and herbs of Provence
  • Red miso rye bread
  • Savoury tart of celeriac puree, broccoli, chestnut, endive and almond oil
  • Savoury tart of fennel, broccoli, chicken, pepper crème de comté, olive oil
  • Savoury cheese tart of parmesan, Comté, red onion, lemon, pepper, and thyme
  • Tartine baguette with pâte à tartiner- chocolate caramel or caramel vanilla
  • Brioche infused with fleur d’oranger
Gontran Cherrier Shop

Bakery buzz- friendly staff and eager customers

Focaccia and red pnion cheese tart

Gontran Cherrier Focaccia and Red onion, cheese and thyme tart

Brioche

Loaf of freshly baked Brioche

le menu

Le Menu

chou chou's and pear and almond tart

Chou chou’s and Pear and Almond Tart

Country bread

Country bread- cut and sold by weight

Squid ink and red paprika bagels

Squid ink and red paprika bagels

Freshly baked croissants

Freshly baked croissants

Brioche of vanilla crème, butter, almond marzipan, cardamom, cinnamon, rum soaked almonds and sweet orange

Brioche of vanilla crème, butter, almond marzipan, cardamom, cinnamon, rum soaked raisins and sweet candied orange

Bread

Seasonal (for Christmas):

“La couronne de pain”- a wreath of 8 combined buns with 4 flavours- wholegrain curry (for foie gras), chick pea and lemon (for oysters and seafood), nature/traditional (for meats and charcuterie) and of course chestnut for the cheese board!

La Couronne

Made for sharing. 8 buns, 4 flavours. The perfect bread for a complete Christmas feast

Coming up (À l’Épiphanie):

Gontran will share the recipe with me for his signature ‘Galette des Rois’ – a Traditional french sweet pastry eaten after Christmas and in the month of January- made with almonds, pistachio and cadied lemon. Yum!

Gontran's signature "Galette des Rois"

Coming soon- Gontran’s signature “Galette des Rois”. Image supplied/©Marie Taillefer

If you’re in Paris- here’s where to find the shop. Anywhere else in the world, don’t despair- I have no doubt that a Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie will be opening in your city in the near future!

Gontran Cherrier Artisan Boulanger
22, rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris
Tèl : +33 (0)1 46 06 82 66
http://www.gontrancherrierboulanger.com

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8 Responses to “Cherry on top. Gontran Cherrier opens his first boulangerie in Paris”

  1. lilibox February 6, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    very nice pictures!
    It’s the really the cool and cosy atmosphere in this special french bakery which looks like a new yorker bakery!
    Enjoy the bagels, the bun’s and the organic bread !
    But just a “bemol” for the cheesecake …it isnt very tasty ! what a pity …
    Gontran said of himself that he isn’t a pastry cook but a baker !

    • Rachel Bajada February 7, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      I never tried his cheesecake but as you said, can’t be perfect at everything! What have you tried from the boulangerie ? 🙂

  2. Shann January 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Rachel you should be wriiting for magazines, if I owned a restuarant or a magazine I would pay you to write for me. My mouth waters as I read your blog, you are so amazingly talented!

  3. Monica December 20, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    If I was there, I would not know which one to choose! I want them all! Open a shop in Sydney please.

  4. Geoffrey Emerson December 20, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    So yummy wish I was there, I am sitting here next to Helen and thinking of buying tickets to Paris 🙂

    Great post Rachael keep up the awesome work!

    • Torie September 15, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      You have shed a ray of sunsnihe into the forum. Thanks!

  5. Martin Bajada December 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Hi Rachel – you have such a way with words and photos that makes me want to be there savouring all of the scrumptuous food that you’re so lucky to have at your finger tips. Great article and please keep up the fantastic work that I know you thoroughly enjoy.

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