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Karena and Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy

Television, 2016–2018

After proving their cooking credentials by winning series five of MasterChef New Zealand in 2014, sisters Karena and Kasey Bird set off around the globe for their own show. For each episode they spent a week boning up on the traditional foods of a country, before creating a dinner fusing local and Kiwi flavours. Two series, each with ten episodes, saw them meeting local cooks and learning about indigenous cuisines. The show was Best Lifestyle Programme at the 2017 NZ Television Awards, and nominated again in 2018.