Portland High School of Arts and Technology offers a culinary program where students create recipes from their home countries. Beyonce Peters made the pineapple upside-down cake with cherries from her grandmother. It’s something his family does every Christmas. “I make it special because it reminds me of home. It’s like an old recipe from my grandmother’s Jamaican cookbook. I love it and it’s the first time I’ve done it myself without my grandma here,” Peters said. Callie Chambers, 17, made Irish pretzels with beer cheese sauce. “My dad’s side of the family is 100% Irish so I knew I wanted to do something Irish so I looked up some Irish food and this one struck me as the most interesting,” said Chambers. who come from all walks of life. “I definitely learned a lot through this course and I’m actually thinking about going to culinary school afterwards and it’s really fun,” Chambers said. “Because Portland is so rich in its culture, there are so many people here from different places around the world, the District of Portland has focused on celebrating this diversity,” said Chief Instructor Mark Hannibal. Aiden Santamore made German potato dumplings. “My dad was born in Germany, so I decided to make these,” Santamore said. “These are German potato dumplings – pretty much Closely the way I made them is to boil potatoes, mash them, then cut bread and fry the cubes, then wrap the potato around the cube.” Sophia Sass, 16, traced her Hungarian roots: “I have Hungarian chicken paprikash. It’s made with chicken, paprika, cayenne, heavy whipped cream, sour cream. Sass. Eric Brown whipped up a Lebanese pie, spinach fatayer, feta cheese, lemon juice and a little vegetable oil, cooked until golden brown,” Brown said.

Portland Arts and Technology High School has a culinary program where students created recipes from their home country.

Beyonce Peters made her grandmother’s pineapple upside-down cake with cherries. It’s something his family does every Christmas.

“I make it special because it reminds me of home. It’s like an old recipe from my grandmother’s Jamaican cookbook. I love it and it’s the first time I’ve done it myself without my grandma here,” Peters said.

Callie Chambers, 17, made Irish pretzels with beer cheese sauce.

“My dad’s side of the family is 100% Irish so I knew I wanted to do something Irish so I looked up some Irish food and this one struck me as the most interesting,” said Chambers.

The culinary classroom provides an educational outlet for students who come from all walks of life.

“I definitely learned a lot through this course and I’m actually thinking about going to cooking school afterward and it’s really fun,” Chambers said.

“Because Portland is so rich in its culture, there are so many people here from different places around the world, the District of Portland has focused on celebrating that diversity,” said Chief Instructor Mark Hannibal.

Aiden Santamore made German potato dumplings.

“My dad was born in Germany, so I decided to make them,” Santamore said. “These are German potato dumplings – pretty much the way I’ve made them is boil potatoes, mash them, then cut bread and fry the cubes, then roll up the potato around the cube.”

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Sophia Sass has traced her Hungarian roots.

“I have Hungarian chicken paprikash. It’s made with chicken, paprika, cayenne pepper, heavy whipped cream, sour cream. Sass said.

Erica Brown whipped up a Lebanese pie, spinach fatayer.

“They’re stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, lemon juice and a little vegetable oil, cooked until golden brown,” Brown said.