Today marks the birthday of Robert C. Baker, the inventor of the chicken nugget. Baker was born in Newark, New York in 1921. He grew up on a small chicken farm where his mother made chicken and biscuits just about every Sunday, according to a 2006 article in the New York Times. Baker grew up to revolutionize the poultry industry. He developed the process for removing all the meat from a chicken carcass and reshaping it. He not only invented the chicken nugget but he also led development on chicken baloney, chicken steak, chicken salami, chicken chili, chicken hash, chicken pastrami and chicken ham. In the late 1970's a well known fast food restaurant used the method invented by Baker to mass produce chicken nuggets. Baker made little money from his invention. In 2004 Baker was inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame. He died in 2006. Click the YouTube link below to hear a musical tribute to Robert C. Baker by the band Paul and Storm.
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