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