and Partners

Hot Bread Kitchen


Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK) is a nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to create economic opportunity through careers in food for women and people of color. They seek to end economic insecurity through fair wage food jobs and entrepreneurship that celebrate diversity, culinary tradition and innovation. HBK achieves their mission through two high-impact programs:

  • Workforce Development Program trains women facing barriers to employment in culinary fundamentals and matches them with good jobs in the food industry. They serve New York City’s low-income U.S.-born and immigrant women who face multiple barriers to employment including limited education, literacy, and work experience, as well as instability resulting from difficult life circumstances such as poor mental health and housing instability.
  • Small Business Incubator program’s goal is to make business ownership more accessible and profitable for all New Yorkers with a focus on serving traditionally under-resourced women, minorities, and immigrant entrepreneurs. They provide shared commercial kitchen space and wraparound business support services and market access to grow their small food businesses.


Purpose: To scale HBK’s training program to serve more low-income women to prepare them for culinary careers that will provide economic security for them and their families.

Key activities include:

  • Expand recruitment efforts across New York’s five boroughs, with emphasis on high-unemployment neighborhoods where HBK did not yet have a presence
  • Deepen community partnerships that serve HBK’s target populations
  • Innovate and deliver a vocational apprenticeship model to train more women for culinary careers
  • Enhance trainee assessment and retention services
  • Deepen and expand relationships with employment partners citywide to support quadrupling graduation placements


Since 2008, Hot Bread Kitchen has placed 280 women in fair wage food jobs at industry partners such as Eataly, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Amy’s Bread; and incubated 280 food businesses such as Harlem Chocolate Factory and The Better Pop.