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'Lick the plate good'

Liberty High's culinary team preps East Indian cuisine in state finals

Liberty High School’s culinary team was one of 20 teams at the 2015 Oregon Pro Start High School Culinary Championships held Feb. 28.

COURTESY PHOTO - Liberty High School's culinary team includes, left to right, Rhett Truman, Nick Durrenberger, teacher Mary Masters, Shayla Santillan Mendoza and Andres Morales.Student chefs were challenged to prepare a three-course gourmet meal with just two butane burners under an hour.

Liberty’s team includes Nick Durrenberger, Andres Morales, Shayla Santillan and Rhett Truman. Liberty’s culinary arts teacher is Mary Masters and the menu was created under the direction of chef Rajan Sayami from the India Palace restaurant in Hillsboro.

“Our team faced several challenges this year resulting in outstanding problem solving skills,” Masters said. “One of the judges commented that our team entrée was the overall best tasting, stating that it was ‘Lick the plate good.’”

The team prepared authentic East Indian dishes, including vegetable pakoras with mint-cilantro chutney; lamb vindaloo with basmati rice and palek paneer; and gajar halwa with pistachio coulis for dessert.

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