An Aspiring Sous Chef Celebrates a New York Milestone

Just as Hot Bread Kitchen is celebrating 10 Years of Impact, graduate Beatriz  Rosales Lopez is also celebrating an anniversary milestone of her own: 10 years of living in the United States. When Beatriz came to New York from a small town in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in early 2010, she …


One Immigrant’s Recipe for Success in a New York City Kitchen

When Kandy Alva came to New York City from Peru in 2008 she knew there would be many hurdles to overcome.  “When you come here, you have to start over. You start at zero.” Although she had studied some English in Peru, she felt it necessary to learn English to …


Summer 2019 Graduate Speaker Lydia Rivera

Lydia Rivera, Class of Summer 2019, is a driven pastry cook at Marta and mom to three children. She shared her story at our Summer 2019 graduation ceremony. …


HBK Incubates alum brings Ethiopian bowls to Chelsea Market

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Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator alumni, Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, is bringing his Ethiopian fast-casual restaurant, Gorsha, to Chelsea Market through Hot Bread Kitchen. On May 25, Gorsha will open their second location in Hot Bread Kitchen’s permanent pop-up space in the historic Chelsea Market food hall.

Growing …


Hiring Partner Spotlight: USHG


Throughout Hot Bread Kitchen’s 10 years, 100% of women who complete our culinary training are offered full time jobs providing economic security and opportunities for advancement. These opportunities would not be possible without the support of our hiring partners, including high-road employers like Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). 


Pierre Thiam Brings West African Hospitality to East Harlem

There are many ways of getting to know the celebrated Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam: by watching his TED Talk on the resiliency of the ancient grain fonio, the center of his purpose-driven African food company, Yolele. Or you can catch Pierre proudly sharing traditional coastal dishes in a Dakar …