The Kitchen Conference

Mon, Nov 4th 2019 at 8:30 AM EDT · By Hot Bread Kitchen
Date & Time
Mon, Nov 4th 2019 at 8:30 AM EDT
Mon, Nov 4th 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT
Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn NY, 11249
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The Kitchen Conference is SOLD OUT! To add your name to the wait list, please email Thank you for your support! 


Only when we bring our diversity to the table can we create an equitable culinary industry.

Hot Bread Kitchen works to end economic insecurity through training and access to fair wage jobs. The Kitchen Conference will convene food service workers at all levels of the industry: chefs, educators and human resource professionals, advocates, supervisors, and entry-level hourly staff will engage in actionable solutions on the critical topics of leadership, cultural competency, and job quality. 

View the full schedule here.


  • Keynotes, workshops, panels, and conversation across all levels of the industry 
  • A unique chance for participants from all professional levels in the food space to create community and engage in conversation that will yield real world solutions 
  • Participants will walk away having developed a practical toolkit to build a thriving workplace

Hot Bread Kitchen brings a decade of nonprofit workforce development and culinary sector experience to The Kitchen Conference, our first industry convening.


Effective management, recruiting for diversity, improving retention, equitable hiring, allyship, leadership, Identifying and eliminating hazing and harassment

Participating speakers include: Chef Adrienne Cheatham, Sunday Best

Carol Lewis, DEI Director at Compass

Chef Cheetie Kumar, Garland

Commissioner Bitta Mostofi of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Dana Cowin, former Editor of Food + Wine Magazine

Emily Peterson, FLIK Hospitality Group

Fany Gerson, Dough and La Newyorkina

Gail Simmons, Culinary Expert, BRAVO Top Chef Judge 

Hot Bread Kitchen culinary program graduates 

Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Gender Equity Chef JJ Johnson, Field Trip

Jina Krause-Vilmar, Upwardly Global

Jonah Miller, Huertas

Jordyn Lexton, Drive Change

Karen Bornarth, Head of Workforce, Hot Bread Kitchen 

Kerry Brodie, Emma's Torch

Korsha Wilson, Writer and Podcast host Chef Natasha Pickowicz, Cafe Altro Paradiso and the bake sale for Planned Parenthood

Nicole Ponseca, Jeepney Filipino Gastropub

Nicole Taylor, Thrillist Perla Veras, Union Square Hospitality Group Sonia Chopra, Eater
Kutina Ruhumbika of Major Food Group
...and more

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Sponsorship Packages Please contact Lindsay Pankok,

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