IBIE 2025 - The Baking Expo™️

IBIE 2025 – The Baking Expo™️

USA’s Best Bread Bakers Unwrapped

LAS VEGAS, NV — Guy Frenkel of Céor in Santa Fe Springs, California has been declared the Overall Winner of the Tiptree World Bread Awards USA with IBIE, the nation’s leading celebration of the art of bread-baking, with his sourdough loaf.

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), the Western Hemisphere’s biggest baking convention, in Las Vegas on Tuesday September 20 for the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Awards, which were held at IBIE for the first time since their inception.

Frenkel’s sourdough loaf, named ‘Glorious Bastard’, was awarded First place in the Sourdough category before scooping the top prize. It was an evening of great triumphs for Frenkel, the LA-based film-maker turned bread-baker who has been described as ‘Hollywood’s wizard of bread’; he was also declared winner of the Burger Bun category and runner-up in a further three categories: Bagel, Challah and Speciality Savory.

On behalf of Frenkel, who wins $1000 as the Overall Winner of this year’s Awards, Naz Shekarchi, Céor’s Operations Director, was presented with a trophy and hamper by Scott Goodfellow, Joint Managing Director of Tiptree. “It has been fantastic to host Tiptree World Bread Awards USA at IBIE, the USA’s biggest baking conference,” said Goodfellow. “Tiptree’s relationship with the United States goes back over a century, and after the last few years of lockdowns, it is so good to be back with our friends.”

Bakers from across the nation triumphed at the Awards, which celebrate a total of 15 different categories of bread. From Stephane Grattier, Winner of the Baguette category, from Boulangerie Christophe, Washington DC to Sandeep Gyawali, Winner of the Wholewheat category, from Miche Bread, Texas.

“The standard has been exceptional and how fitting that these, the 5th USA Awards, have been held at IBIE,” says Stephen Hallam, Chair of the Judges. Hallam’s team of 23 judges came together from across the US, the UK and Europe, and included Melissa Yanc, Quail & Condor Bakery, Karl De Smedt, The Sourdough Librarian, William Leaman Chef, Bakery Nouveau and Coinneach MacLeod, Hebridean Baker.

“We are honored to host the Tiptree World Bread Awards competition and award ceremony at the Baking Expo™,” said Dennis Gunnel, president of Formost Fuji and the 2022 IBIE chair. “On behalf of everyone at IBIE, congratulations to this year’s winners for mastering the art of baking in their respective categories and creating exceptional loaves that delighted the judges.”

Overall Winner
Glorious Bastard
By Guy Frenkel, Céor (Sante Fe Springs, California)

Sprouted Wheat with Figs and Pecan Loaf
By Richard Sperry (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Specialty Sweet
Pistachio and Cherry Panettone
By Diego Cubas, Wynn Las Vegas, F&B Encore (Las Vegas Valley, Nevada)

Speciality Savory
Forbidden Rice and Sesame Loaf
By Sandeep Gyawali, Miche Bread (Austin, Texas)

Rye-less Rye Buckwheat Sourdough
By Mario Librandi, Vegan Mario’s (Oakview, California)

Bayern Pretzel
By Johann Willar, Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Leavened Challah
By Johann Willar, Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Jerusalem Bagel
By Khawla Khalifa, Le Paton (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

Pane Alla Pala
By Michael Kalanty, produced for Delfina Restaurants (San Francisco, California)

Burger Bun
Heirloom Brioche Buns
By Guy Frenkel, Céor (Sante Fe Springs, California)

Pane Alla Pala
By Michael Kalanty, produced for Delfina Restaurants (San Francisco, California)

Traditional Baguette
By Stephane Grattier, Boulangerie Christophe (Georgetown, Washington DC)

Hill Country Hundo
By Sandeep Gyawali, Miche Bread (Austin, Texas)

Glorious Bastard
By Guy Frenkel, Céor Bread (Sante Fe Springs, California)

People’s Choice
Michelle Nicholson, The Flour Girl (Hebron, Connecticut)

Tiptree Showstopper USA
Brioche Feuilletée
By Rich Gardunia, Crave Kitchen Bar (Eagle, Idaho)

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) is the largest event in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together all segments of the grain-based foods industry supply chain. Held in Las Vegas every three years, IBIE gathers the baking community to fuel the next generation of bakers, promote economic growth, educate and advance the future of baking together. Owned by the American Bakers Association (ABA), and the Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and supported by the Retail Bakers of America (RBA), all proceeds from this non-profit event are invested back into the grain-based food industry.

Tiptree is headline sponsor of the World Bread Awards. The first Tiptree preserves were made in 1885 and Tiptree jams and preserves are now sold across the world, many of them made with fruit still grown on their farms in Essex. www.tiptree.com

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