"The fondest of memories are made gathered around the table.”

Kitchen Takeover is on a mission to bring big-city style food experiences to the Bay of Plenty. We hold quarterly pop-up restaurants featuring envelope-pushing food, secret locations and the opportunity for fellow diners to meet their undiscovered foodie friends. This year we are branching out with private dinners – bring on 2020!


Shane Yardley is a chef with platefuls of experience. Having spent the first part of his career training in some of the world’s most renowned restaurants, he 
did a long stint as Simon Gault’s right hand man. He has now returned to the fold as a tutor at Toi Ohomai teaching the next generation how to cook like a pro. Career highlights include Head Chef of Euro, Fish and a guest judge on Masterchef.

Stacey Jones is Shane’s foodie wingman. With oodles of successful events under her belt from star-studded movie premieres to pop-up restaurants, she will make sure that everything runs as smoothly as an aged Bordeaux.

How does it work?

We come to the venue of your choice – either your home or a hired space. Whilst ninety percent of the food preparation happens off site, we will need access to a kitchen fridge, freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher and sink. We will leave the kitchen as found – sparkly clean.

We will help you come up with the idea for your dinner party. We prefer this word over theme as we are not into gimmicks. This will help weave everything together and guide the food and evening without it being trite or overbearing.

What's for dinner?

There are two menu options – a five or seven course degustation. We can work together to curate your perfect menu and ensure everyone is happy based on their food preferences and dietary requirements. 

MENU A: 5 courses  

1/ Cocktails and canapés 
2/ Entree
3/ Main course
4/ Refresher
5/ Dessert

MENU B: 7 courses  

1/ Cocktails and canapés 
2/ Entree
3/ Main course
4/ Refresher
5/ Cheese
6/ Dessert
7/ Petit Fours

We also organise all the styling, invitations, drinks and anything else you need to curate the perfect dinner.

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