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Kitchen Takeover
Taiao: Food Of the Gods

Taiao: Food of the Gods pop-up delivered a deeply cultural, locally-inspired fine-dining feast designed by Masterchefs Kārena & Kasey Bird. 

The menu drew inspiration from from their whakapapa and upbringing. Celebrating the Māori deities of the natural world through a six-course degustation dinner. A truly immersive experience, each mouth-watering moment inspired by Atua Māori and the Taiao. 

What was on the menu?

Smoked eel –  creamed watercress – charcoal – potato

Koura – kewpie – karengo beurre blanc – brioche
Kūmara brulee – White miso – Mānuka honey – Pūhā verde
Smoked Duck – Stuffing – Balsamic cherry jus
Kawakawa – Apple – Mint
Steamed pudding – earl grey custard- Horopito berries

What did the diners think?

“What a special night. Went in thinking I knew the Kitchen Takeover formula, but they were full of surprises, yet again. Food was incredible, and the backdrop lush. Money well spent and a real treat to have such creative food, event and styling talent in Tauranga!”

Tracy Preston-Lett


“Kitchen Takeover is an absolute must do. Stacey and her team always surprise with innovative food, and perfect styling. The latest Taiao edition is a journey for the senses, complete with the drama and delicious Kai that Kitchen Takeover is renowned for! We can’t wait for the next one.

Melissa Hopcroft

“Stacey and the team at KT are constantly raising the bar, and the Taio edition definitely does that. Kareena and Casey’s talent and story combine to create a faultless menu. Every dish is SO good! The styling; the atmosphere; the drinks are all executed to perfection. Thanks guys we had such a fun night. “

Emily Bailey

Wish you'd had a bite?

Kitchen Takeover, Eat Your Memories, will take you on a taste tangling tour of our fans’ fondest foodie flashbacks. We will bite into the best over multiple decades, reinventing Kiwi childhood classics into dishes so memorable they’ll transport you to another time and place with a six course degustation.

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