Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off


November 10, 2023 - January 15, 2024

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Welcome to a snowy wonderland, where famous landmarks and icons of New York City are lovingly recreated in gingerbread.  

From ice skating in the parks across the five boroughs to department store windows and the tree at Rockefeller Center, nowhere is more iconic than the city in winter. Now, sweet details and tasty history combine in a miniature frosted cityscape for our second annual bake-off.   

This year, the Museum invited 23 bakers from across the five boroughs to create gingerbread displays on the theme of “Iconic New York”—creating distinctive buildings, places, or things that represent their neighborhood, community, or borough.  

A panel of prominent New York City-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners awarded prizes in a variety of categories, and you’re invited to help select the final award by voting for the “People’s Choice.” There will also be a holiday-themed makerspace with crafts for kids. 


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




2023 JUDGES: 

Bobbie Lloyd, CEO and Chief Baking Officer, Magnolia Bakery  

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

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

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) 

2023 BAKERS:

César Aldrete 

JoAnn Baylor of Ma Smith's Dessert Café 

Mario DiBiase of SottoVoce and Susan Caliendo of Something Sugared 

Valerie Carrington 

Karen Chin 

Arlene Chua of Chua Cookie 

Filiz Cihan Cemberci 

Gautier and Ashley Coiffard of L'Appartement 4F 

Sonia Dębek 

Lorenzo Delgado 

Camaxtli Gallegos 

Sarina Harnett 

Kathryn Irizarry and Kayla Wong 

Sherry Kozlowski 

Ida Kreutzer 

Petroula Lambrou of Patty Pops 

Loretta Lee 

Holly Longworth 

Maria Carmela Lucciola of Egidio Pastry Shop 

Leonard Marino 

Luquana McGriff of A Cake Baked in Brooklyn 

Nishat Shahabuddin 

Maria Sieber of Cray Cray for Cakes 

Debbie Wee 



Jerry Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer 
Maeve Montalvo, Director of FAO Schwarz Education Center 
Tracy McFarlan, Associate Director of Curatorial Projects  
Elizabeth Indek, Curatorial Projects Associate   
Gabriela Senno, Curatorial Projects Administrative Assistant 

Special thanks to John Kuehn and Maria Buitrago. 

Marissa Martonyi, Design Director  
Carmen Tan, Graphic Designer 

Fabrication, and Installation: 
Todd Ludlam, Director of Exhibitions Installation   
Nancy Nicholson, Manager of Exhibition Installation  
Julius Erwin Quito, Director of Information Technology  
Jake LaMalfa, Manager of Information Technology 

Video Production: 
Madeline McLaughlin, Digital Producer 



Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off is made possible in part by a collective of generous individuals in celebration of this year’s theme “Iconic New York.” 

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of MOJOW Design.  

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