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Kevin Bacon talks food with culinary trainees in Hartford

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He may not have gotten Footloose, but actor Kevin Bacon made a lot of people feel that way in Hartford on Wednesday.

Bacon visited the Kitchen at Billings Forge and spoke to culinary job trainees.

The culinary job training program prepares low-income residents for employment.

"When I see something like this going on, it's always so inspiring," Bacon said on Wednesday.

Since 2009, the program's organizers said 60 people have started the training and 80 percent successfully completed it and landed a job.

"It's a small kitchen, but a very big idea. Taking a kitchen like this, just shows what things like cooking can do in a positive way in people's lives," Bacon said.

Executive Chef Becky McGuigan helps the trainees brush up on the life skills that can be found in a restaurant, all with a goal of finding a long-term career when their stint in the Broad Street kitchen is over.

"Something that's going to provide opportunity for growth, so that they can get to what we call a "living wage," to provide for family and get back in to society," McGuigan said.

Derrick Cranford has been on the job for six months and his culinary dreams are already coming true. He helped cater Mayor-Elect Luke Bronin's reception on Tuesday night.

"They're community focused and that's what I like about it," Cranford said.

With a home in the Litchfield hills, the legendary actor is also part of the Connecticut community, and he likes it too.

"To come back and work and learn a skill, it's just fantastic," Bacon said.

From there, Bacon moved onto the kitchen at the Hartford Public Library, where he had lunch.

Bacon is appearing in the Rear Window at Hartford Stage. He will be in Connecticut until at least Nov. 15.

For information about the show, click here.

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