Paris' Supply Stars

Chefs aren’t the only purveyors of go-to culinary destinations in Paris these days, as grocers, butchers and bakers have also earned a loyal following.

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PARIS — In this gourmet capital, chefs aren’t the only celebrities. A new wave of bakers, butchers, grocers and other specialty dealers are taking this city by storm, prompting foodies here to name-drop their special suppliers. It doesn’t hurt that some of these purveyors of delicacies are dishes themselves, such as Gontran Cherrier, the 33-year-old baker from Montmartre celebrated almost as much for his looks as his culinary know-how, who is now a television personality. Here’s what’s on the menu.

BAKED DELIGHTS: In addition to his modern, airy bakery in Montmartre, Cherrier has opened another location in the 17th arrondissement. Hip Parisians go to Cherrier for his rye and red miso or curry bread, freshly baked croissants, flaky tarts with a crunchy character and unusual toppings, such as lime and yuzu or cucumber, basil and strawberries.

A third-generation baker who has also worked for the likes of three-star chef Alain Passard, Cherrier enjoys fashion and wears it well. He confesses to a shoe addiction. “For events, I wear Yves Saint Laurent — it’s great,” he says.

He is now exporting his touch and delights to Asia, opening stores in Tokyo and Singapore this summer and eyeing Los Angeles for next year.

Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie
22 Rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris

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