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Behind the scenes of Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie, an artisanal French Bakery in Miami

The artisanal French bakery known as Ficelle serves delicious freshly baked bread to the residents of Miami

There’s something superior and extravagant about the fresh loaves of bread baked at Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie, a family-owned artisanal French bakery located on the Miami River.

Owned by three brothers, Olivier, Dimitri, and Anthony Rizk, the modern bakery has brought the taste of authentic Parisian baked goods to Miami, becoming a go-to place for bread lovers.

To learn more about the origins of the business and where it’s headed, we chatted with Dimitri Rizk, who has been in the baking industry for almost six years.

What led to Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie

Before opening up Miami’s favorite artisanal French bakery, the brothers worked at their Uncle’s bakery, Delicas De France, in South Florida. This is where they developed their unending love for baking, which led them to pursue their passion at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Dimitri’s older brother, Olivier, has been the driving force behind the venture. Olivier previously started as a head baker at Maison Kayser and made his way to becoming a sous chef within two years. He went on to win the Best Baguette New York Grand Jury prize for the Best Baguette New York Competition in 2019.

The pandemic brought them back to Miami, their hometown, where they finally gave in to realizing their lifelong dream and opened up Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie. The definition of Ficelle, Dimitri mentions, is a skinny baguette. So, the bakery itself is named after what the brothers make best.

When asked if they had any other plans to expand their careers when the pandemic hit, Dimitri said no — their plan always was to open up a bakery. All pandemic did was jumpstart their venture by causing Olivier to move back to Miami. Together, they started looking for a location that suited them all.

According to Dimitri, this decision wasn’t free of risks. When the brothers leased the shop during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, they didn’t know how their little venture would turn out to be. People had been backing out of the bakery’s location but they decided to give it a go.

The rest is history.

Dimitri, Olivier, and Anthony Rizk of Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Anthony Rizk, Olivier, and Dimitri of Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie

Where does Ficelle’s future lie?

The artisanal French bakery has taken off. When asked where he sees their bakery in five years’ time, Dimitri says that he hopes Ficelle is everywhere — from Miami to New York City, California, and many other cities.

The bakery has already won this year’s Best Baguette in Florida title. They beat fifty bakeries to secure the first position, making them the go-to for authentic French baguettes.

Ficelle’s reputation is skyrocketing.

According to Dimitri, they’ve already been approached by many landlords asking them to open up a bakery in their location and high-end restaurant owners asking them to supply them with their premium bread.

For this purpose, they’re now in the process of developing a facility (which will be ready in about a month and a half) to sell their authentic French bread to premier restaurants.

When asked how it was to work with family, Dimitri Rizk replied that it is an adventure. It comes with benefits because they all get along great, own the same vision, and are working hard to make it a reality.

If you want to explore Ficelle’s delicious menu, click here.

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