Whisky & Wood

An inclusive, considered & accessible event space in the heart of Pōneke, Wellington



Chef Collaboration Series: Kārena & Kasey Bird X Kitchen Takeover

Since winning Masterchef in 2014, Kārena and Kasey have travelled to over 50 destinations across the globe learning about food and culture and been involved with numerous food events and activations throughout New Zealand. They have hosted two seasons of the award-winning series on TVNZ1 Kārena and Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy which saw them travel to a new overseas destination each episode.

They have also cooked for a number of New Zealand dignitaries and celebratory events around the world, including the New Zealand Consulate Shanghai, ANZAC celebrations in Los Angeles, New Zealand Embassy Jakarta Indonesia, New Zealand Embassy Italy, New Zealand Embassy Korea, New Zealand Consulate General New Caledonia and the New Zealand Embassy Chile.

Kārena and Kasey 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… and Hungry.

Kitchen Takeover combines platefuls of creativity and innovation by offering ever-changing, unforgettable edible experiences. Diners come from around the country to experience their secret pop-up restaurants, featuring envelope pushing food in unique locations. The brand was recently awarded two NZ event Awards, for Best Lifestyle and Best Arts and Culture Awards beating events such as Cuba Dupa and Wanaka Food & Wine Festival.

Fresh off the back of winning New Zealand’s Best Arts & Culture Event last year for Taiao: Food of the Gods, Kārena and Kasey Bird and Kitchen Takeover have joined forces again to bring this award winning event to Wellington for the first time. Devour a progressive, six-course kai experience that will take you on a multi-sensory journey of flavours, aromas, sound and more. Through edible storytelling, you'll experience six unique ‘worlds’.

In each of the taiao, you will get to enjoy unique ingredients and delicious flavours cooked by the Masterchefs themselves. Inspired by Atua Māori and the Taiao and will draw on Kārena and Kasey’s whakapapa and upbringing. They will take the envelope-pushing techniques they’ve learnt and combine them with strong family traditions using traditional Māori cooking techniques and flavours. Both the kai and cocktails will bring to the fore some Aotearoa most unique indigenous ingredients, supporting small scale producers that are passionate about their whenua.

Welcome cocktail included. Māori Ora!

  • DFDairy Free_possible
  • GFGluten Free_possible
  • NFNut Free_possible
  • VVVegan_possible
  • VVegetarian_possible


Various times

May 11, 7:00pm - Late

May 12, 7:00pm - Late

May 13, 7:00pm - Late

May 14, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

May 18, 7:00pm - Late

May 19, 7:00pm - Late

May 20, 7:00pm - Late

May 21, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Price: $199

Event enquiries: foodie@kitchentakeover.co.nz

*This event has shared seating

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