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Kitchen Takeover presents: ‘Hāngī with Kārena and Kasey’

NEW DATES ADDED – Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May.
(Sold out dates: Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 April).

Ready to go on another taste-tangling adventure? Kitchen Takeover is excited to announce a special pop-up event with celebrity chefs Kārena and Kasey Bird.

We have added three new dates to this sold out event: Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May from 3-6pm.

‘Hāngī with Kārena and Kasey’ will bring you a deeply cultural feast with a strong provenance perspective. The multi-course feasting menu will be cooked by Kasey and Kārena Bird, and will draw from their whakapapa and upbringing. Our culinary superstars will use traditional cooking techniques with modern twists, whilst celebrating the Bay’s plentiful plethora of produce.

Hosted at the beautiful villa and gardens of Persimmon Lane in Te Puna, you will have the opportunity to see the food being dug up from the hāngī, and hear from Kasey and Karena first-hand about the feast. 

Since winning Masterchef in 2014, Kasey and Karena have travelled to over 50 destinations across the globe to meet chefs at the forefront of gastronomy. They will take the envelope-pushing techniques they’ve learnt and combine them with strong family traditions using traditional Māori cooking techniques and flavours. 

Based on the menu’s native nourishment, we will only be offering a gluten-free option for this event. For all our vegans, vegetarians and other dietary requests or allergies, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for our other events.

The cost per ticket is $159pp for a multi-course feasting menu + welcome drink.  

Buy tickets now.

What are the dates and times?

Late lunch 3-6pm

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 

(Dates sold out: Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 April.)

Do I need to be vaccinated?

No, as of the most recent government announcement, vaccine passes are no longer required.

How much?

The cost per ticket is $159pp plus a small booking fee. The profits of the booking fee go to supporting disadvantaged Maori and Pasifika kids in schools. 

Can we purchase drinks?

There will be a bar running during the event with wine, beer and soft drinks. 

What will you eat?

On your plate will be all the classic foods – meat, fish, dairy and sugar. We can cater for gluten free but if you have any other dietary requirements, you’ll have to sit this one out. 

Who is creating the mouth watering menu?

Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey have travelled to over 50 destinations across the globe learning about food and culture whilst also being involved with a number of food events and activations throughout New Zealand. They have hosted two seasons of the award-winning series on TVNZ1 “Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy” which saw them travel to a new overseas destination each episode. They have cooked for a number of NZ dignitaries and celebration events around the world including the NZ consulate Shanghai, ANZAC celebrations Los Angeles, NZ Embassy Jakarta Indonesia, NZ Embassy Italy, NZ Embassy Korea, Gary Player ‘Support our kids’ charity auction Japan, NZ Consulate General New Caledonia and the NZ Embassy Chile. They have been the food editors for Mana magazine and also food contributors for the Herald on Sunday. They have also self-published two award winning cookbooks “For the Love of…” & “Hungry”.

How does it work?

The multi course feasting menu will be announced when you arrive.   

Where will it be?

Persimmon Lane, 58 Te Puna Road, Te Puna 3176

What happens if the event is unable to go ahead due to COVID-19?

We will postpone the event and schedule it for a new date. If you are unable to make the new dates we will offer a refund


Get in touch with Founder and Foodie, Stacey Jones at Kitchen Takeover on 022 369 8334.

Buy your tickets now.

Foodie Reviews

” This was the most amazing experience. The food was sooooo good I cannot even begin to describe in words as well as the flavours and the presentation. Sign me up for the next one!”

Kim Raubenheimer

“Kitchen Takeover made me feel like I was living in Melbourne, or Wellington or even New York. Like a glorious local secret, with the added advantage of getting to meet lovely, like-minded folks.”

Rosie Dawson Hewes

“This was an incredible taste sensation, perfect food, perfect setting and perfect company.  I can’t wait for the next one! Somehow i think it’s going to be tough to get a seat next time around.”

Kirstin Mead

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