Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez

Reflections on a Decade of Impact: New Leaders at Hot Bread Kitchen

There is a unique sense of pride I enjoy as travel around New York City tasting our impact on the foodscape: graduates, previously unemployed, working in the city’s kitchens; incubator products, previously enjoyed only by owners’ family, now on the best grocery store shelves; and global breads baked in East …


Jessamyn in InStyle’s Badass50

“Most manufacturing places are dominated by one gender and one language. But at Hot Bread you’re just as likely to hear Spanish, Arabic, or French as you are English. That, to me, is what this country is really about.”

We’re humbled Jessamyn, our Founder & CEO, is included on this …


Harlem EatUp! Kickoff Event at HBK Incubates

HBK Incubates was honored to host the Citi Market Challenge kick-off event for Harlem EatUp! on Tuesday, March 28.  The event featured a high-stakes cook off between three up-and-coming Harlem restaurants — Belle Harlem, Harlem Pizza Co., and Tsion Cafe — judged by a panel of culinary experts …


Passover Recipe: Gefilte Fish

Still looking for the perfect dish to make for your Passover seder next week? Nothing beats our Founder and CEO Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez’s gefilte fish for putting a twist on a tradition handed down for generations. She shared the story of how it came to be in the Hot Bread


Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Founder

Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez is an entrepreneur, social innovator, and advocate for the rights of women and immigrants. Under Jessamyn’s leadership, Hot Bread Kitchen has trained hundreds of women and entrepreneurs for culinary careers, built a vibrant wholesale bakery, and set the stage for national expansion.

Throughout her career in the …