Gingerbread descends from Medieval European culinary traditions. Gingerbread was also shaped into different forms by monks in Germany in the 13th century. Nuremberg was recognized as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World” when in the 1600s the guild started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create complicated works of art from gingerbread. Medieval bakers used carved boards to create elaborate designs. During the 13th century, the custom spread across Europe. It was taken to Sweden in the 13th century by German immigrants.

The tradition came to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants.

The culinary students at SUNY-Delhi (who previously taught us how to carve ice) created this masterpiece and won “Best in Show”.  It took them 165 hours of work!




by Josh and Brent

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Linda Turner

I love detail and the projects I tackle always get things added to them that make them more complicated than the original plan…BUT…I haven’t gotten THIS far with gingerbread. Something to put on the bucket list…wow. Just incredible!

Leslye Schneider

What a true labor of love and great talents from these students.

The attention to detail and depth of their understanding of the architecture and history of your farmhouse is stunning!

Thank you so much for sharing and well deserved congratulations to the students for this win, but I suspect
They would have done this just for the pure joy.

Peg Lacey

I’m a SUNY Delhi graduate and am SO proud of the Culinary students…….and THRILL with their Beekman relationship!