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France - The Young Bakery Entrepreneurs Competition

Les jeunes boulangers

We are helping to perpetuate and develop French artisan know-how through our partnership with the Young Bakery Entrepreneurs Competition.

The wheat/flour/bread industry — and bakers in particular – ennoble the work of grain farmers. It is also a sector that creates jobs in our regions; another subject that is close to our heart. Our association is therefore very proud to have been a partner of the Young Bakery Entrepreneurs Competition since 2018.

A competition to help young bakers start their own business

Launched in 2003 by Grands Moulins de Paris (France's leading miller and a company of VIVESCIA group) in partnership with the Paris Bakery and Patisserie School, the purpose of this annual competition is to perpetuate artisan baking know-how by helping young bakery entrepreneurs start their own business. It is aimed at anyone with a bakery or patisserie CAP diploma, or who has been a professional baker for more than three years, that wants to open their first artisan bakery. The competition requires technical and commercial skill, as well as accounting and merchandising know-how. The three winners, chosen from roughly 50 candidates every year, receive a cash prize. They also receive advice on how to start their own business.

The support of Le CŒUR de VIVESCIA

Our partnership with Grands Moulins de Paris, a company of VIVESCIA group, came about naturally. This competition is completely in line with the association's aim to support entrepreneurship and grain industries from field to fork. We have sponsored the competition since 2018, with a financial contribution to help organise the competition and a presence on the jury of consumers to help the next generation of talented French bakers emerge.

Concours des Jeunes Entrepreneurs en Boulangerie

Sébastien Dessaint and Dorine Lartaud, finalists in 2018, bought a bakery in Suippes, east of Paris:

"As well as the experience that the competition gave us, it gave us credibility when we went to ask banks for a loan." 

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