Kasey and Karena Bird
Great Kai, Great Korero: Living Our Dream

Kasey and Karena BirdWe are two sisters (Karena 25, Kasey 24) from the small coastal village of Maketu in the Bay of Plenty. While growing up in our little slice of paradise we have always ate well with the people we love. We have lived in Maketu our whole lives with brief stints in Wellington (Karena) and Melbourne (Kasey) which helped develop our culinary knowledge.

Our love of food and a spur of the moment decision has seen us 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 New Zealand 2014.

Being a part of the world's first ever MasterChef Duos competition, we really had our work cut out for us.

Our success came from the fact our cooking is rooted in our culture and our dishes were inspired by where we live and what we love to eat. We take huge influence from our Māori heritage in our cooking and love using the incredible produce New Zealand has to offer from the land and sea.

We are looking forward to sharing with you some of our signature dishes over the conference.