Ginger­bread vil­lage cre­ator eyes a fifth Guin­ness World Record

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Jon Lovitch, cre­ator of the world’s largest ginger­bread vil­lage, is aim­ing for a fifth Guin­ness World Record.

Last Jan­uary, the chef col­lected the Guin­ness record for cre­at­ing 1,251 ginger­bread houses. So far this year, Lovitch has com­pleted more than 1,300 — with an end goal of build­ing 1,350.

Lovitch’s Gin­ger Bread Lane — a non-profit sea­sonal dis­play of a handmade ginger­bread vil­lage — every year since 1994, and the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion, Rich­mond, Va., Pitts­burgh and the New York Hall of Sci­ence all have fea­tured his dis­plays.

He an­nu­ally de­votes nine months, 1,500 hours and 900-plus pounds of candy to piece to­gether the houses, shops and ed­i­ble snow­men.

“My favourite is when I’m … work­ing on a piece, and you just hear some­thing fall,” Lovitch, 41, tells Del­ish.com. “I’ve got 1,200 houses down there. What fell? How am I go­ing to fig­ure out where it is? How am I go­ing to get it back on?”

JON LOVITCH/GINGER­BREAD LANE

Ginger­Bread Lane, the brain­child of chef Jon Lovitch, is a non-profit sea­sonal dis­play of a handmade ginger­bread vil­lage he has per­son­ally pre­pared since 1994.

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