Tarn-et-Garonne. In Montauban, Nicolas Puech’s establishment vying for the title of “best bakery in France” on M6

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It is a young couple installed in Montauban for a few months who were selected by M6 to represent Tarn-et-Garonne in the competition “The best bakery in France”. Appointment is made for January 19 in Perpignan, where the selections for the Occitania region will be held.

Nicolas Puech and Priscilla Zwinger took over the bakery now called “L’Ecureuil gourmand”, avenue Charles-de-Gaulle, eight months ago. Barely installed, they were surprised to be contacted by M6 to participate in the television program “The best bakery in France”. “They asked us to send them a short video to present our products and our team,” says the young boss. “At first, we hesitated because we had a lot of work after only six months of installation, but we started. in the adventure and we were quickly selected. “

And his companion Priscilla to continue. “For us who are arriving, it’s a little publicity stunt and we found it to be an interesting challenge.”

A young team of six people

Trained at CFA de Muret, apprentice in Frouzins, Nicolas Puech (28) worked as a pastry chef in Cornebarrieu. He is at the head of a team of six people who have an average age of 23 (two saleswomen, a baker and a pastry chef have joined the couple).

A youth and a motivation which undoubtedly seduced the jury, composed in particular of Bruno Cormerais, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in bakery and Norbert Tarayre, chef. “We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. Two weeks later, they turned in the store and there was a second shoot in Perpignan. We had to present them a bread, a specialty, in in this case a pastry shop and there is also a note for the shop. In Perpignan, we presented a chou au chasselas … “

As you can see, Nicolas Puech has made baking an art. His speciality ? The squirrel nut. “We specialized in fine pastry making and we only work with local products. We took up the concept that worked in Toulouse and customers immediately joined in the neighborhood. At Christmas, it worked very well. six months, we have already doubled the turnover. “

The young couple is full of projects. He hopes one day to create a real chocolate factory in downtown Montauban. On January 19, the date of their visit to M6 (6:40 p.m.), a selection for the Parisian final could help them …

Competition in Occitania

The reality show “The best bakery in France” is stopping off in the Occitanie region from January 17 to 21. Our Montalbanese bakers, who can be seen on Wednesday 19 from 6:40 p.m. on M6, will compete against three colleagues from Haute-Garonne (two from Toulouse and one from Revel), two from Lot (one from Cahors and the another from Montcuq), one from the Aude (Carcassonne) and one from the Pyrénées-Orientales (Perpignan).