HOT BREAD KITCHEN

Hot Bread Kitchen is a social enterprise founded in 2008 to increase access to professional opportunities for immigrant and minority women by cultivating leaders in the culinary industry and positioning them in the multi-billion dollar food industry.
Hot Bread Kitchen envisions a food system that equitably compensates talent and sustains a diverse workforce while celebrating culinary tradition and innovation

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low-income women trained

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different nationalities

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food business supported

Creating economic opportunity in food

Hot Bread Kitchen is a non-profit that creates economic opportunity through careers in the food industry.

Thanks to their workforce development and business incubation programs, ‘Bakers in Training’ and ‘HBK Incubates’, they help create pathways to economic security for low-income women, minority individuals and others with significant barriers to employment and business ownership. ‘Bakers in Training’ is a 6-8 month paid, on-the-job training in bread baking and adult basic education that prepares women for culinary careers. ‘HBK Incubates’ provides the graduates of ‘Bakers in Training’ and low-income food entrepreneurs with the business tools and kitchen space necessary to grow and formalize their own baking or food business

Authentic multi-ethnic bread

Only The Brave Foundation supported Hot Bread Kitchen in 2014 to recruit, train and graduate 11 African immigrants to be bakers. Building on the partnerships with organizations supporting African immigrants, HBK continued to recruit, train and graduate 8 African women in 2015 and 16 in 2016

Hot Bread Kitchen trains women, incubates small food businesses, and creates jobs in East Harlem, New York, where there are high levels of unemployment. In La Marqueta indoor market, they bake over 75 multi-ethnic breads, inspired by the women they train. Profits from this line of breads are used to provide industry-specific training that enhances the future of low-income immigrant and minority women and preserves valuable baking traditions

PEOPLE

JESSAMYN RODRIGUEZ

HBK founder and CEO

"We were honored to partner with Only The Brave Foundation to provide New York City's growing immigrant population of Sub-Saharan African women with paid, on-the-job culinary training and the opportunity to launch new careers."

SENATA

Bakers in training graduate

“I thank God every day for Hot Bread Kitchen. They are helping women to have new futures. I am blessed.”

CLARISSE

Bakers in training graduate

“I'm ready to walk into any type of environment. ... I'm a real baker now!"