• Cyril McAree

Masterchef New Zealand Winners Cook Up a Storm in Dublin!

Sisters Karena and Kasey Te Awa Bird, who were Masterchef New Zealand 2014 winners are in Ireland to film their new TV series Karena and Kasey’s Foreign Flavours. The series follows their discovery of new food experiences in countries while showcasing the people and culture within them. The Ireland show will broadcast live on national TV New Zealand later this year to an audience of 250,000 where hopefully the audience will get a taste for travel and be inspired to have an Irish adventure of their own.

Fáilte Ireland, in association with Tourism Ireland, assisted the Maori sisters who come from a small town in the central North Island. The programme is one of 6 learning stories where the sisters get out and about to meet local chefs, food producers and people in the know to learn as much as possible about food in Ireland.

Giving an introduction to Irish cuisine and the Dublin food scene, the sisters will meet and film four of Fáilte Ireland’s designated Food Champions - Garrett Fitzgerald, cook, author and co-founder of Brother Hubbard Cafes; sample some boxty dishes with Padraig Og Gallagher, owner of the Boxty House; have a seafood experience at Klaw with Niall Sabongi before getting into the kitchen to cook some tasty dishes with Seaneen Sullivan at L. Mulligan Grocer.

Speaking of the visit, Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity for Fáilte Ireland said – “We believe that Dublin’s new wave of creative hubs, bars, foodie hotspots, microbreweries and art spaces spread right along the city and coastline generates a new atmosphere for visitors. Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be actively highlighting our food offering in Dublin to Karena and Kasey and their New Zealand viewers – we hope that potential visitors and food lovers will like what they see and be inspired to visit Ireland in the future.

Fáilte Ireland’s research shows that just over one third of overseas visitor expenditure in Ireland is spent on food and drink equating to €2 billion. Ireland’s reputation is fast growing as a world class destination for food lovers. Teams of creative and talented chefs and a new generation of small scale artisan producers are the driving force behind this food revolution.”

In addition to speaking with the Fáilte Ireland Food Champions, the sisters will meet and film Ciaran Sweeney resident head chef at Forest & Marcy a small neighbourhood wine room and kitchen which offers plates of food and a tasting menu; spend time at the Kitchen in the Castle at the Howth Cookery School, and meet with Ifty Finn before heading north to the small seaside town of Portballintrae in Co Fermanagh.

Karena and Kasey Te Awa Bird recently commented on their series:“Series one was a huge learning curve for us and it has given us an insight in to some of the culinary capitals around the globe and one of the biggest things we have taken away from this experience is how much you are able to discover about yourself and the importance of heritage through visiting other people and places. We found it was not only a discovery about other cultures and food but also a personal discovery and the importance of our own identity”



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