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ELLSWORTH — After 41 years of teaching culinary arts — the last 15 of which have been at Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC) — Bill Baker is hanging up his apron and retiring.

As director of the center’s culinary arts program, Baker has taught students who want to improve their cooking skills as well as those whose sights are set on attending postsecondary culinary institutions, forging a career in the food service industry and possibly starting their own businesses.

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Bill Baker delivers an order to an awaiting customer. His students set a record preparing 127 takeout orders on Wednesday, March 9.

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