Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off


November 10, 2023 - January 15, 2024

A graphic with the words "Gingerbread NYC The Great Borough Bake-off on the left, and three gingerbread cookies shaped like the facades of NYC apartment buildings on the right.

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The Museum of the City of New York is inviting top bakeries and amateur bakers from across the city to enter Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off —our second year holiday celebration of the communities in each of the five boroughs. Select bakers created a gingerbread display to represent their respective neighborhoods, inspired by the theme “Iconic New York.” A cohort of prominent New York City-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners judged the final designs. Judges will name an overall winner and other participating bakers will be awarded prizes in a variety of categories.

Submissions are still open for 2023!

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Watch Last Year's Gingerbread NYC: Great Borough Bake-Off Trailer:


2023 Judges: 

Bobbie Lloyd, CEO and Chief Baking Officer, Magnolia Bakery 

Jonah Nigh, Semi-finalist, NBC/Peacock’s Baking It (Season 1); Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement, The New School 

Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; former judge, National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, NC 

Colette Peters, Cake decorating author and teacher; Owner, Colette’s Cakes 

Amy Scherber, Owner and Founder, Amy's Bread; Member, Bread Bakers Guild of America 

Melba Wilson, Owner, Melba’s Restaurant; Author, Melba’s American Comfort: 100 Recipes from My Heart to Your Kitchen (2016) 


Six photos of people in a collage.
Clockwise from top-left: Bobbie Lloyd, Jonah Nigh, Nadine Orenstein, Colette Peters, Amy Scherber and Melba Wilson. Jonah Nigh Photo, courtesy of David Suh
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