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Cooks prove dreaming pays

SARAH ROBERTS
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
Kasey and Karena Bird
TOP CHEFS: Kasey and Karena Bird from television series Masterchef New Zealand spoke to Papakura Normal School students.

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Two top masterchefs are proving to young ones that dreaming big pays off.

Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird from television series Masterchef New Zealand were out to inspire Papakura Normal School students.

The duo from Maketu won the judges over with their hangi style degustation menu to make it into the top six of the season five series.

They cannot talk about the outcome of the series because they are watching each episode with everyone.

Growing up they attended a bi-lingual school, learning both Maori and English.

"We went to a school with a high number of Maori and Polynesian students like these students and it's important to teach these kids they can be who they want to be," 23-year-old Kasey says.

"We come from a small town and it doesn't matter how much money you have or don't have - if you work hard you will achieve."

They told the senior students they were taught to "listen to their teacher and get involved in many things".

The inseparable pair have been cooking for only a couple of years and are now planning to take it up fulltime.

"Growing up we did a lot of what people wanted us to do rather than what we should do. It's about finding your passion," 24-year-old Karena says.

Papakura Normal School senior students were eager to ask questions of the television chefs.

The youngsters asked who inspired them, if they were scared of the judges and if they had fights.

The school's deputy principal Pat Davis is the sisters' aunt.

Tune in to Masterchef New Zealand on Sundays and Mondays at 7.30pm on TV One.

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- Papakura Courier

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