Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Almacen
Hot Bread Almacen
Hot Bread Almacen is Hot Bread Kitchen's retail shop inside Spanish Harlem's historic La Marqueta market.
The classroom
The classroom
Not only does Hot Bread Kitchen teach baking skills, but it is also committed to arming its staff with professional skills and English language lessons.
A Worldly Bakery
A Worldly Bakery
Hot Bread Kitchen bakes over 30 kinds of bread, and that variety is part of the education there. The bakers learn how to make them all in what's likely the most diverse bread education in New York.
Ben Hershberger, Chief Bread Officer
Ben Hershberger, Chief Bread Officer
Ben left Per Se—where he was the head baker—to head the baking operations at Hot Bread Kitchen, spurred by his belief in their mission.
Rhizlane Fizazi
Rhizlane Fizazi
One of Hot Bread Kitchen's many success stories, Rhizlane now helps train other Hot Bread Kitchen bakers, slinging dough like a true pro.
Fatima Yaroud
Fatima Yaroud
Fatima moved to New York from Agadir, Morocco, and has been a part of Hot Bread Kitchen for over three years.
Egg Washing
Egg Washing
The freshly rolled challah buns get a sweet egg wash.
Sesame challah buns
Sesame challah buns
The buns are topped with sesame seeds before baking.
Rye Dough
Rye Dough
This dough is about to become a loaf of grindstone rye, Hot Bread Kitchen's take on a traditional hearty German Vollkornbrot.
Grindstone Rye
Grindstone Rye
The dough gets kneaded and shaped into loaves...
Grindstone Rye
Grindstone Rye
...and rolled in rye chops, which are simply roughly chopped up rye berries.
Grindstone Rye
Grindstone Rye
The loaves rise in a temperature- and humidity-controlled room before they're good and ready for baking.
Filled M'smen
Filled M'smen
M'smen is a flaky, buttery, slightly chewy Moroccan flatbread, and has been a smash it since it was introduced at Hot Bread Kitchen. While it is traditionally served warm with honey, this version adds a unique (and delicious) twist with a kale and cheese filling.
Upstate Multigrain Boule
Upstate Multigrain Boule
A slashed multigrain boule ready for baking.
Weighing Dough
Weighing Dough
Globs of dough are weighed to ensure consistent loaf sizes.
Semolina Baking
Semolina Baking
Rows of beautiful semolina loaves baking in industrial-sized ovens.
Rye Batard
Rye Batard
You can tell always a good crusty bread by its crackle.