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Kitchen Takeover presents: Taiao - Food of the Gods, designed by Kasey and Karena Bird

Ready to go on another taste-tangling adventure? Kitchen Takeover is excited to announce its first-ever pop up restaurant collaboration with celebrity chefs Karena and Kasey Bird. From 25 February to 10 April, the Taiao edition will bring you a deeply cultural, locally-inspired fine-dining feast created by two of New Zealand’s culinary superstars. 

The menu will be designed by Kasey and Karena and will draw from their whakapapa and upbringing. On the night you’ll be delivered this amazing experience by either Kasey and Karena Bird or Kitchen Takeover’s Head Chef Rob Forsman. Rob has head cheffed for Al Brown and Simon Gault and has ladlefuls of culinary talent.  

Set in a Tauranga secret location, we will celebrate the Māori deities of the natural world through a six-course degustation dinner. A truly immersive experience, each mouth-watering moment will be inspired by Atua Māori and the Taiao.


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. On your plate will be the best produce New Zealand has to offer with an emphasis on local Bay of Plenty growers and makers.  

Based on the menu's native nourishment, we will only be offering two dietary alternatives for this event, which are gluten-free and pescatarian. For all our vegans, and vegetarians and other dietary requests or allergies, you’ll need to sit this one out.  However, we promise we will be back mid-2021 with a menu to make your tummy rumble.

What are the dates and times?

Dinner 7-10pm:

25-26-27 February

4-5-6 March

11-12-13 March

18-19-20 March

25-26-27 March 

1-2-3 April

8-9-10 April

How much?

Tickets are $149pp and include six courses plus a welcome cocktail or mocktail. There is also the option for a two glass wine match or non-alcoholic drinks match, both $29 or four glass wine match ($49).

Who is it for?

Wild-at-heart foodies on the hunt for a ‘big city’ style food adventure. Think the intimacy of an East London supper club mixed with the gastronomy of a top Melbourne laneway eatery and the creativity of a Copenhagen restaurant.

What will you eat?

On your plate will be all the classic foods - meat, fish (no seafood), dairy and sugar. We can cater for gluten free and pescatarian but if you have any other dietary requirements like vegan or vegetarian, you'll have to sit this one out. We will have a pop-up in May/June/July which can cater to your requirements.

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 set menu will be announced when you arrive. Depending on the size of your group, diners will be seated communally to meet their undiscovered foodie friends. 

Where and when will it be?

A secret location in Tauranga. You will be messaged one hour before the event.

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

We will postpone it to a later date. If you are unable to make this date we will offer an alternative date or a refund.

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