Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit organization that offers culinary training and job placement programs, has revealed its new headquarters at Manhattan’s renowned Chelsea Market in Chelsea. The 10,000-square-foot space is located on the market’s sixth floor and features 18 stations for culinary education, administrative offices, and a spaces to facilitate Hot Bread Kitchen’s virtual small business incubator.
In addition to operating bridge programs and job skills training, Hot Bread Kitchen plans to launch satellite programs in community kitchens throughout the five boroughs, meeting members where they are and increasing access to the organization’s supportive services.
Google, the owner of Chelsea Market since 2018, donated the 10,000-square-foot space to the organization for a three-year term. On paper, that equates $1.8 million in rental costs. The space formerly served as a Food Network test kitchen.
“Hot Bread Kitchen and Chelsea Market are both institutions that make New York City great, and the two coming together will only make it better,” said Diana Taylor, Hot Bread Kitchen’s board chair. “As Hot Bread Kitchen welcomes a new CEO, Leslie Abbey, and kicks off a bold new plan to become 1,000 breadwinners strong by 2024, I can think of no better home for this vibrant hub of learning, connection, and growth, than Chelsea Market.”
Hot Bread Kitchen has connected nearly 300 “breadwinners” with jobs across the food industry and has supported over 250 small businesses through its food entrepreneurship program. The organization’s new headquarters is the latest milestone in the non-profit’s long-standing partnership with Chelsea Market to create retail spaces for small business owners, particularly women of color and immigrants.
Hot Bread Kitchen will kick off its culinary training program at Chelsea Market this month. By 2024, its leaders aim to reach 1,000 breadwinners across New York City.
“I have spent my career cultivating strong relationships among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bolster solutions for women and families,” said Hot Bread Kitchen CEO Leslie Abbey. “It is because of partners like Google and Chelsea Market, as well as our many community-based partners throughout the city, that we are well-poised to achieve our exciting, ambitious goals over the next three years.”