Croissant Battle 2018
Let’s talk about everything good in life that you could ever want on a Saturday morning in Los Angeles (or anywhere for that matter). Perfect weather – check. Chic venue – check. Coffee and espresso – check. Mimosas and rosé – check. Interesting people – check. Being offered tasty varieties of the French delicacy known as croissants and voting for your favorite – check, check, stuff-my-face, check.
This was the first ever Best Croissant Battle LA 2018 (and I’m sure there will be more). Held on June 2 at Le Petit Paris in Downtown LA, the event was open to the general public. The 2 types of tickets you could get were regular croissant tasting or full brunch ticket. My friend and I chose the full on brunch option, but I think I may reconsider that in the future as we were stuffed on croissants alone. The brunch ticket is great however in that it guarantees you a nice table in the downstairs seating area. Otherwise, you’re left wandering the croissant aisles upstairs (which may not be such a bad thing). For general admission tickets, you have free access to all the croissants you wanted from the 7 finalist shops on the second floor, displayed in a farmer’s market style set-up. If you have a brunch ticket, you could just sit and wait for the different croissants to be delivered to your table. And if you were impatient, simply get up and get some more upstairs. Did I mention there was a full wine bar upstairs to accommodate your 2 drink tickets and giant plates of cheese and charcuterie?
I wish everyone got a prize for participating. But fans got to vote online for a fan favorite and a panel of judges (distinguished pastry chefs in LA) gave the official “Best Croissant” trophy to one of the 7 shop finalists (chosen by Frenchly and French Morning readers).
First prize went to French pastry chef from the Cuban bakery Porto's Bakery & Cafe for “Best croissant.” “I’ve been perfecting this recipe for years with ratios and quality products, it’s been a joy,” says Chef Matthieu Chamussy from Porto's. Farmshop got the “Best Pain au Chocolat” award. And the “Fan Favorite” award went to La Tropezienne.
I won’t say which shop was my favorite, but from the variety of croissants, pain au chocolats, almond croissants, pistachio croissants, raspberry croissants, Nutella puff pastries, and tarte tropézianne, I just couldn’t get enough of the pistachio croissant. I mean seriously fantastique – as the French would say.
In case you want to know more…
Official croissanters aka croissant judges included:
– Monica Ng, Pasty Chef at Wolfgang Puck Catering
– Thomas Henzi, Pastry Chef at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
– Steve Benjamin, Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills
– Deden Putra, Pastry Chef at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills
– Sylvain Harribey, Corporate Chef for Gate Gourmet
Props to all the finalist bakeries:
- Pitchoun Bakery
- Bakers and Baristas
- Pascal patisserie
- Renaud’s Bakery & Bistro
- Porto’s Bakery & Cafe
- La Tropézienne Bakery