A degustation menu inspired by the year 1971?

There’s nothing Bay of Plenty pop-up restaurant Kitchen Takeover loves more than a good challenge.

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“That particular year was just such an epic shift in the culinary world,” says marketing executive turned secret supper club founder, Stacey Jones. “If there was ever a year that changed food forever it was 1971.”

Kitchen Takeover is gaining a reputation for pushing the envelope in fine dining degustation menus – taking guests to secret locations and serving eel and puha at the “Taiao – Food of the Gods” edition earlier in the year.

“This time, we want to pay homage to the year that changed the way we cooked and ate. After all, ‘71 was the year that marked a huge leap forward for mankind. We were exploring the moon, demanding the return of our boys from Vietnam and Greenpeace was founded,” says Jones.

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For Executive Chef, Shane Yardley, the challenge for Kitchen Takeover is the constant evolution.

“We get fans who’ve fallen in love with the concept and our aim is to have them say ‘wow, that was the best one’ each time they come back. We want to nail the authenticity of each theme and that’s where all our research comes in.”

Yardley admits to having screeds of notes already as he prepares for the next edition, Summer of 71.

“Stacey’s given me a brief and I’m looking at ideas and what’s possible in the new location and then I’ll collaborate with (Head Chef) Rob (Forsman) and we’ll nail down the details of the new menu. It’s a cool creative process – I love it!” says Yardley.

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1971 was a year of significant culinary innovations and transformations.

“Instant noodles, the Frappuccino and frozen margaritas were invented, the quarter pounder got popular, the first vegan cookbook hit the shelves, and men were being encouraged to get into the kitchen,” says Jones.

Kitchen Takeover is designed to appeal to wild-at-heart foodies on the hunt for a ‘big city’ style food adventure.

“Think the secrecy of an East London supper club mixed with the gastronomy of a top Melbourne laneway eatery and the creativity of a Copenhagen restaurant. We love taking our guests on a foodie adventure.”

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What: A six-course degustation menu plus complimentary welcome cocktail

When: 19th February to 2nd April 2022

Where: Secret Tauranga location

How much: $149pp with options for wine, beer and non-alcoholic matches – Tickets on sale now