Portrait of Jon by Keith Hodan, adapted by 6sqft
Chef Jon Lovitch is no amateur when it comes to building gingerbread houses. In fact, every year Jon constructs an entire village called GingerBread Lane that takes nearly 12 months to make. It’s a holiday tradition he first started twenty years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, with just 12 houses, and he’s since grown the project into an epic display of sweets shown everywhere from Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and now New York.
Two years ago, GingerBread Lane found a local home at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens, where Jon’s villages set Guinness World Records in 2013 and 2014 for the world’s largest gingerbread exhibit. This year’s village just set another Guinness record on November 17th with its 1,102 houses. But beyond seeking a world title, Jon hopes his labor of gingerbread love inspires kids and adults of all ages to get creative and start building projects of their own.
6sqft recently spoke with Jon to find out the history behind this tasty tradition, and what it takes to build an enormous gingerbread village each year.