The USA's leading awards celebrating the bread community



Our Judges

We regard our judges as at the heart of the prestige and integrity of Tiptree World Bread Awards with IBIE.

We have been honored over the years that so many great names have given their support, time and expertise. From Zachary Golper, James Beard Foundation nominee of Bien Cuit bakery, to David and Tracey Zabar of Zabars, to Dana Cowin, legendary past editor of Food & Wine – and many more.

Our judges range from bakers and retailers, to top food writers and chefs. All of them embrace baking in their professional life and have many years, even decades, of experience. Each year, the panel is carefully crafted to maintain this incredible wealth of knowledge.

Stephen Hallam is our Chair of Judges.

Meet the judges

Stephen Hallam (Chair)

Brand Ambassador

Dickinson & Morris

Charles Alexander, Jamel Lewis and Mark Edmond

Co founders

The Black Bread Company

Scott Calvert

RBA Board President

Retail Bakers Association

Philippine Coste

Export Sales Manager

Wilkin & sons Limited

Lauren Dickerson

Vice Consul Food and Drink, Department for International Trade

Paul Edward

Product Development

Chef Rubber

Zachary Golper


Bien Cuit

Scott Goodfellow

Joint Managing Director

Bien Cuit

Lara Hallett

Her Majesty's Deputy Consul General

British Consulate-General LA

Herlinda Heras

British Pie Awards Judge, Cohost Brew HaHa KSRO Sonoma County California

Abby Hocking

Food and Lifestyle Photographer

Abby Hocking

Babette Kourelos

Owner, Baker and Educator

Babette's Bread

Gregory Lofts

Deputy Food Editor

Martha Stewart Living

Coinneach MacLeod

Hebridean Baker

Crystal Mier


Chef Rubber

Ryan Morgan

Owner & Head Baker,

Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bake House

Michael Romano

Executive Pastry Chef

Pierre Hotel

William K. Seppi


Costeaux French Bakery

Joseph Settepani


Bruno Bakery

Melissa Yanc

Chef & Owner

Quail & Condor Bakery