Jon Lovitch of the South Bronx now holds the distinction of building the world's largest gingerbread village, consisting of 164 structures weighing 1.5 tons and topped with 2,240 pounds of icing. Lovitch, 37, has been playing architect since February, cooking and assembling each piece of this gingerbread land inside of his tiny kitchen. Last week, Guinness christened it the largest entirely edible gingerbread exhibit in the world.

Lovitch, who did the bulk of the work late at night after getting home from his job as executive sous chef at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, told the New York Times that his family supports his massive project. "My wife likes the fact that I work on it at home and I’m not out gambling or drinking," he said. Idle hands are the devil's tool.

"Gingerbread Lane" is currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

[via New York Times]