Hot Bread Kitchen Founder Jessamyn Rodriguez To Receive Cherry Bombe Humanitarian Award


Ten years ago, Jessamyn Rodriguez launched an organization called Hot Bread Kitchen with the goal of helping immigrant women through baking. They would make the breads from their native lands and learn the skills necessary to secure employment in restaurants and bakeries around New York City.

Last week, she announced her intention to step down as Hot Bread Kitchen CEO and pass the reins to new leadership. In her decade of leading Hot Bread Kitchen, she created a thriving commercial bakery program that has trained more than 300 women and a successful incubator that has nurtured 225 small food businesses.

“Jessamyn is a leader and a visionary,” says Cherry Bombe University President Kerry Diamond. “Years before the political climate exposed the realities faced by immigrants and women in America, Jessamyn identified the need to help those without the resources or connections through something as humble and universal as baking.”

In recognition of her contributions and achievements, Cherry Bombe University will bestow its very first Humanitarian Award on Jessamyn at a special ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26th, at the Food and Finance High School in Manhattan. Other honorees that evening include Martha Stewart and Christina Tosi, who will receive honorary doctorates.

Cherry Bombe University, a weekend of food and finance classes, workshops, and networking, will commence with the Friday night ceremony. Tickets for Friday night are $50 and available at Single-day and student and weekend passes are available for Saturday, Oct. 27th, and Sunday, Oct. 28th. All programming will take place at the Food and Finance High School, a public vocational high school focused on the culinary arts.