Jean-Francois Sacco, CCO at Rosapark, finds creative perfection at a Parisian cheese shop
What pushes a creative to always try and be better, to outdo themselves?
What motivates them?
What inspires them?
Most good creatives will tell you there’s nothing better than a Dan Wieden print, a David Droga film or an Alex Bogusky poster.
That that’s what’s inspiring, that’s what an agency needs to work towards, that’s the best, what you need to beat.
And yet, even if these agencies put out exceptional work, they’re not necessarily the focus of my creative eye. No, my creative grail, my Everest of craft, my masterpiece of inventiveness is found two blocks away from our agency, in ‘l’Univers du fromage’ (Universe of Cheese)
, the cheese shop on rue de Chanzy in Paris.
That’s where, every morning, Stéphane makes the most marvellous sandwich – baguette, ham, Comté and salted butter.
Visually, it’s a perfect sandwich. A golden baguette, toasted ever so slightly, dusted with a delicate trace of flour, giving a glimpse of red country ham and shavings of the best, aged Comté.
In your mouth, it’s nothing short of a miracle. The crust cracks just right as you bite into it, creating an explosion of flavours – the aroma of country ham overlaid with a hint of fruitiness emanating from a cheese aged 24 months, all interwoven with velvety, salted butter, and served with a dollop of sweet blueberry jam.
So I close my eyes and, as I savour this masterpiece, tell myself that this sandwich, ultimately, is a form of creative perfection. Everything is there in each bite – the bucolic pastures of the Pyrénnées, which give the ham elements of beauty and savagery, the summit of the Alps, which lend the cheese that texture that’s at once both rugged and soft, and the beautiful coasts of Brittany where this unctuous butter was born.
Stéphane puts everything into her sandwich. Tradition, know-how, the history of a country, as well as hundreds of kilometres of coast, plains, pastures, beaches and mountains, all converging in a fresh, crisp half-baguette, with only one goal – to give people pleasure.
And that’s what so inspirational. This selection of the very best of what’s around us and the ability to concentrate it, with such grace, in one unique product. This talent is what inspires me each and every day. Cultivating the best ingredients, assembling them with a certain know-how, in order to create an original piece of work that’s able to seduce the public – that’s advertising’s job.
Condensing without losing the core essence, focusing on what’s essential, and preserving the passion for a job well done, that’s what’s behind the beauty of our industry.
So, no offense to Dan, David or Alex, but it’s Stéphane’s where I go to draw my inspiration.