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Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off (2023)

The Museum of the City of New York is thrilled to invite professional and amateur bakers from across the city to apply for entry to Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off, our second annual celebration of communities and neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs—as represented in gingerbread.

We are accepting submissions to participate through Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. Selected bakers will be invited to create a gingerbread display on the theme of “Iconic New York”—distinctive buildings, places, or things that represent your neighborhood, community, or borough. A panel of prominent New York City-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners will judge the final designs and award prizes in a variety of categories. 

How It Works:  
A selection of professional and amateur bakers from each borough will be chosen to create a gingerbread display. Each bakery/baker selected will receive a $500 stipend toward materials and supplies. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and the displays will receive a Press Preview on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, and will be on view to the public from Friday, November 10, 2023, through Monday, January 15, 2024.  

How to Enter: 
Please complete this  entry form and include up to three photographs that are representative of your work as a professional or amateur baker.  

The deadline to enter is  Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.  

For additional information, please see the Rules and Regulations. 

Key Dates: 

Wed, Sep 20 – Deadline to enter 
Fri, Sep 22 – Bakers will be informed of selection 
Mon, Oct 2 – Deadline for bakers to submit designs with accurate dimensions for approval
Fri, Oct 6 – Bakers will receive design approval/feedback  
Mon, Oct 30 thru Wed, Nov 1 – Bakers install gingerbread displays 
Thu, Nov 2 thru Mon, Nov 6 – Final judging 
Wed, Nov 8 – Press preview 
Fri, Nov 10 – Opens to the public 
Mon., Jan. 15, 2024 – Last day on view to the public  


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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Watch the trailer from Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off (2022):


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