Kiwi celebrity chefs are in the kitchen

Maketu sisters Karena and Kasey Bird are among the celebrity chefs appearing in Kiwi’s Best Kitchen Theatre for the first time at Fieldays 2015.

While growing up in their little slice of Bay of Plenty paradise the sisters have always dined well with the people they love.

Kasey and Karena Bird are among the celebrity chefs cooking at Fieldays 2015.

They’ve lived in Maketu their whole lives, with Karena enjoying a brief stint in Wellington while Kasey experienced Melbourne, which helped develop their culinary knowledge.

The sisters’ love of food and a spur of the moment decision has seen them transition from typical day jobs – Karena working as an auditor and Kasey an accounting student and part-time retail assistant – to the winners of Masterchef NZ 2014.

Their cooking is rooted in their culture and their dishes are inspired by where they live and what they love to eat.

The sisters’ love using the incredible produce New Zealand has to offer from the land and sea. Their new cook book ‘For the Love of’ has just been released this year and they’re looking forward to cooking some of the recipes from it at the show.

Karena and Kasey will be cooking the Kiwi’s Best Kitchen marquee on Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13.

Fantastic food
Brett McGregor – the 2010 Masterchef NZ winner and author – is the chef on Wednesday, June 10.

Brett has turned his Masterchef win into a wonderful career in which he’s surrounded by great chefs and, of course, fantastic food.

For Brett it’s all about getting the maximum flavour out of the wonderful produce grown in New Zealand. He’s the author of two best-selling books – ‘A Taste of a Traveller’ and ‘A Taste of Home’ – and is currently working on his third instalment.

His love of travel has enabled him to build a wide repertoire of dishes that he loves to share.

Michael Van de Elzen – From ‘Food Truck’ and ‘Family Recipes’ fame, restaurant owner and author – is in the kitchen on Thursday, June 11.

Michael was captured by the excitement of the food industry at age 14 and went on to work at some of Auckland’s landmark restaurants like Kermadec and Hammerheads, then in London at the acclaimed Bluebird and Bank, providing private catering for some of London’s top earners and A-list celebrities.

Food truck
He and his wife Belinda, who is also a chef, opened the award-winning Molten in Mount Eden in 2003, after their return to New Zealand. He sold the Molten restaurant in 2011 and became the star of the highly popular TVNZ television shows ‘Food Truck’ and ‘Family Recipes’.

In 2013 Michael was inducted into the New Zealand Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Head along to the Kiwi’s Best Kitchen marquee to experience the finest New Zealand gourmet delights at Fieldays.


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