Sis­ters’ kai on show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

Trav­el­ling the world to learn more about food is on Kasey and Karena Bird’s to-do list but not be­fore they share some of their favourite recipes on the marae.

The win­ners of Masterchef 2014 are ex­cited to be host­ing the free Matariki on the Move event called Wananga a-kai at Point Cheva­lier’s Te Mahure­hure Marae on July 19 from 6pm till 7.30pm.

The sis­ters will demon­strate how to make a few of their own recipes. Seafood and pork fea­tures on the menu, says Kasey Bird, 24.

They both en­joy ex­per­i­ment­ing with a wide range of cul­tural in­flu­ences.

‘‘We like to take tra­di­tional Maori dishes and mod­ernise them,’’ says Karena Bird, 25. ‘‘ We are do­ing a tu­atua recipe at the marae but it has an Asian spin to it. We’re not afraid to mix and match the dif­fer­ent styles of cui­sine and in­gre­di­ents.’’

It’s lucky they like the same sorts of flavours, Karena Bird says. ‘‘But un­for­tu­nately for Kasey, be­cause she’s so good at it, she al­ways gets stuck mak­ing the desserts. She has a bet­ter eye and feel for the sweet stuff than me.’’

All the sup­port they’ve re­ceived since win­ning the cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion has been over­whelm­ing, Kasey Bird says.

‘‘Through­out the show peo­ple would come up to us on the street and tell us that they loved watch­ing us and then af­ter that it’s just con­tin­ued.’’

The Matariki Fes­ti­val is an event the sib­lings are more than happy to pro­mote. ‘‘ Grow­ing up it wasn’t as widely cel­e­brated as it is now,’’ Kasey Bird says. ‘‘It’s great that ev­ery­one knows about it and there are so many awe­some events on that peo­ple can do with friends and fam­ily.’’

Karena Bird says it can also be a time for re­flec­tion. ‘‘It’s cool to gauge where you are in the year and reaf­firm some of your new year’s res­o­lu­tions. It’s al­most like a kind of thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion.’’

Photo: SARAH ROBERTS

Top chefs: Kasey and Karena Bird are putting on a cook­ing demon­stra­tion at Te Mahure­hure Marae in Point Cheva­lier on July 19.

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