Our signature culinary training program provides job skills training to women who face profound barriers to employment. After four weeks of intensive instruction in kitchen fundamentals and personal + professional readiness, our trainees are poised to excel in roles across the culinary industry. All women who complete our rigorous training are matched with one of our valued hiring partners.
Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary incubator offers aspiring entrepreneurs licensed and affordable commercial kitchen space, business development support, market access, and a thriving culinary community to grow their food ventures. 90% of the small business working out of our incubator are women and/or minority-owned. Our incubator members bring heritage food traditions from across the globe, from West African ginger juice to Indian street snacks to vegan Caribbean empanadas.
Learn more about our impact and who we serve in our 10 year impact study.
Hot Bread Kitchen envisions a food system that equitably compensates talent and sustains a diverse workforce while celebrating culinary tradition and innovation.
Since 2008, we have provided pathways to prosperity for women who face economic insecurity, culinary entrepreneurs, and the East Harlem community we call home. Founded by baker and social justice advocate Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen has trained over 400 women for meaningful careers and incubated 240 small businesses over the past decade.
Our line of deliciously diverse breads is baked to feed our mission. In our first decade, Hot Bread Kitchen’s signature training program was housed in our bakery and used bread as a vehicle for culinary education. In 2017, we expanded our training program to culinary education beyond bakery and bread, putting us on track to quadruple the number of women we are able to train annually.
HOT BREAD KITCHEN AND LA MARQUETA
Hot Bread Kitchen has been based at La Marqueta, the historic East Harlem market, since 2010. Opened by Fiorello LaGuardia in 1936, La Marqueta was once the bustling commercial heart of El Barrio, home to over 300 predominantly immigrant vendors of food and dry goods. From the 1970s on, the market suffered from disinvestment and decline, and by the early 2000s had a fraction of the vendors it hosted in its prime. In an unprecedented effort to revive and rehabilitate the space, Hot Bread Kitchen collaborated with NYCEDC, City Council, and the Bloomberg Administration to bring our growing social enterprise bakery and incubator to La Marqueta.
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