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

Don Ango

Assistant Executive Pastry Chef

M Resort

Karen Bornarth

Executive Director

The Bread Bakers Guild of America

Scott Calvert

RBA Board President

Retail Bakers Association

Philippine Coste

Export Sales Manager

Wilkin & Sons Limited

Mel Darbyshire

Head Baker

The Grand Central Baking Company

Paul Edward

Product Development

Chef Rubber

Marianna Giancola

Export Sales Manager

Tiptree, Wilkin & Sons Limited

Zachary Golper


Bien Cuit

Scott Goodfellow

Joint Managing Director

Wilkin & Sons Limited

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

Babette Kourelos

Owner, Baker and Educator

Babette's Bread

William Leaman


Bakery Nouveau

Coinneach MacLeod

Hebridean Baker

Sean McGaughey

Chef & Owner


Crystal Mier


Chef Rubber

Ryan Morgan

Owner & Head Baker,

Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bake House

Avery Ruzicka


Manresa Bread

William K. Seppi


Costeaux French Bakery

Karl De Smedt

The Sourdough Librarian


Lionel Vatinet

Master Baker and Co-Owner

La Farm Bakery

Louiie Victa

Chef, Food Stylist and Photographer

Brian Wood


Starter Bakery

Melissa Yanc

Chef & Owner

Quail & Condor Bakery