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Bake it 'til you make it: immigrant and minority women rule the dough at Hot Bread Kitchen

Most bakeries count on carb-crazy customers to inhale all of their cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets. But one bakery in New York City focuses on fresh opportunities for the women working the burners. Fusion’s Eric Herbst went to Hot Bread Kitchen in Spanish Harlem, a job training and development program for minority, immigrant and low-income women.

CEO and founder Jessamyn Rodriguez has made it her mission to give dough back to the women. “In most parts of the world women bake bread, but somehow when you look at the workforce that staffs bakeries in the U.S. and Europe, it’s men that are getting these jobs. So what we exist to do is help women who have passion and skill in baking and in the culinary arts in particular leverage that experience and get better jobs in the culinary industry,” Jessamyn told Fusion.

In addition to on-the-job training, the women bakers are provided with English language courses.

Bake it 'til you make it: immigrant and minority women rule the dough at Hot Bread Kitchen

Most bakeries count on carb-crazy customers to inhale all of their cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets. But one bakery in New York City focuses on fresh opportunities for the women working the burners. Fusion’s Eric Herbst went to Hot Bread Kitchen in Spanish Harlem, a job training and development program for minority, immigrant and low-income women.

CEO and founder Jessamyn Rodriguez has made it her mission to give dough back to the women. “In most parts of the world women bake bread, but somehow when you look at the workforce that staffs bakeries in the U.S. and Europe, it’s men that are getting these jobs. So what we exist to do is help women who have passion and skill in baking and in the culinary arts in particular leverage that experience and get better jobs in the culinary industry,” Jessamyn told Fusion.

In addition to on-the-job training, the women bakers are provided with English language courses.

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