Hot Bread Kitchen’s mission is to create economic opportunity through careers in food.
We believe in a food system that equitably compensates talent and sustains a diverse workforce while celebrating culinary tradition and innovation. Our work helps women, immigrants, and people of color thrive as workers and entrepreneurs within the food system and is helping to make the system itself more conscious and equitable for all.
We Create Breadwinners.
We help turn talents and dreams into financial security for women and entrepreneurs. Our workforce development program helps women get good jobs in kitchens and food manufacturers around the country. Our small business incubator provides emerging food entrepreneurs with wrap around support and connections to the food community to grow their enterprises.
Equity Gives us Energy.
Careers in food can create a pathway to opportunity and economic independence. Yet many culinary jobs require specialized training, employers often lack programs that recruit and advance workers equitably, and food entrepreneurs face high costs of entry. Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce program and small business incubator level the playing field so more women, immigrants and individuals without access to traditional entry points can launch culinary careers.
How it All Began
Our founder Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez saw careers in food as an accessible way for women to start careers and create more equity in the food industry. Hot Bread Kitchen set out to empower women, create a more equitable food system and celebrate culinary tradition from around the world.
Get to Know Us
Learn more about the committed team that shows up every day to create jobs, help women achieve economic mobility and create a more equitable food system. From our staff to our Board of Directors, Junior Board, and committees, each individual brings unique value to our recipe for success.
Why bread? Bread Feeds Our Mission.
Bread is an important part of our history and our future. Hot Bread Kitchen breads literally feed our mission, with 100% of proceeds supporting our workforce and incubator programs. Our deliciously diverse products are all inspired by the rich cultural traditions of the people we serve and are baked by local partner kitchens who share our vision for a more equitable food system.