Maketū sisters claim world's top cookbook award

Maketū sisters Karena and Kasey Bird have won Best TV Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.

The duo took out Masterchef New Zealand in 2014 and since then have toured the world showcasing their culinary creations. 

In a recent Facebook post, the pair wrote, "We did it! From pieces of paper hung all over our parent's house to winning the Best TV Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Thank you to our family who are our biggest supporters, Deborah Aspray our amazing photographer, Kate Barraclough the designer and to Maketu which is such an important character in our book and everyone else that has made this dream become a reality. We are so proud of what we have created and cannot wait to come home and celebrate with our whanau."

205 countries participate in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, the only international competition of the sector.  Hundreds of publishers, authors, chefs and journalists take part in these events. 

As part of the prize package for winning Masterchef New Zealand, the duo had the opportunity to publish their own cookbook. They chose to self-publish their first cookbook together titled For The Love Of.

Earlier today on their popular Facebook Page, they spoke of how grateful they are for this honour. "We have been lucky enough to be able to self-publish our own cookbook and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences we have had." 

Current affairs show Native Affairs ran a story on the sister's success shortly after the news broke of their victory in two years ago.