"Col'Cacchio Pizzeria invites pizza lovers to join the
2012 Celebrity Chef Series"
DATE : Tuesday 8 May 2012
VENUE : Gateway Col'Cacchio Pizzeria, Durban
TIME : 1.30pm - 3.30pm
CONTACT : 031 584 6822
The highly anticipated Col'Cacchio Pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series is back and will be running from May until the end of August 2012. Three exciting chefs have been invited to take part in this fourth annual gourmet charity challenge: Jackie Cameron (Hartford House KwaZulu-Natal) takes the stage in May, Coco Reinarhz (Sel et Poivre Gauteng) in June and Chris Erasmus (Pierneef à la Motte Franschhoek) in July.
The culinary twist for August is that all Col'Cacchio Pizzeria fans are invited to test their pizza-making skills and take part in the Celebrity Chef Series. Entrants can post their winning combinations on www.colcacchio.co.za and once the top 5 finalists have been selected, the three celebrity chefs will choose which gourmet masterpiece wins the Pizza Challenge and becomes a feature on the menu for the month of August.
In 2011 Col'Cacchio Pizzeria raised R227,000 for the Wildlands Conservation Trust from the donations and sale of 9071 Celebrity Chef Pizzas over the campaign. This year they will be donating R5 from every Celebrity Chef Pizza sold to the Children's Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape. All funds raised will be used to upgrade the hospital's Medical Wards B1 and B2 which treat some of the hospital's youngest patients who suffer from chronic illnesses. Currently around 25% of these patients are HIV positive and 15% are infected with tuberculosis.
Col'Cacchio Pizzeria Director, Kinga Baranowska, commented: "We are delighted to again be supporting the Children's Hospital Trust. We hope to even better the impressive amount raised last year to benefit the staff and very young patients in the wards that are being upgraded. We are also extremely excited about the exciting culinary creations our talented chef line-up has put together, and about how many new pizza connoisseurs this year's campaign is sure to unearth!"
KZN Midlands born and raised Jackie Cameron has filled the position of head chef at Hartford House, the five-star boutique hotel in Mooi River, since 2002. She was voted by SA Tourism as one of the Top 10 Young South African Chefs and under her guidance, the Hartford House restaurant has won numerous dining awards. Her pizza creation for May is the Carpe Funghi - Mozzarella, caramelised onion, oven roasted mushrooms, roasted garlic and Italian Parmesan, topped with thinly sliced Beef Carpaccio, Truffle Mayonnaise and fresh dill. A vegetarian version is also available.
June sees Coco Reinarhz's Bujumbura Pizza in the spotlight. Mozzarella, oven roasted brinjals, fragrant North African flavoured Chicken Tagine, green olives and preserved lemons is topped with fresh coriander and drizzled with coriander-infused yoghurt. Burundian Chef Reinarhz is the Chef Patron of Sel et Poivre in Sandton, Gauteng. His unique and innovative Afro-Fusion culinary style combines classic French Cuisine with the most opulent of African flavours. He recently co-authored the internationally acclaimed book, The Banqueting House, African Cuisine an Epic Journey.
Chris Erasmus is the Head Chef of Pierneef à la Motte Restaurant in Franschhoek. His great passion for home-cooked, farm-style food, combined with his global culinary experiences, have led him to working in renowned restaurants like The Tasting Room and Le Quartier Français, and to play a major role in the recently released book, Cape Winelands Cuisine. At Pierneef Erasmus' Karoo-gourmet style also reflects the influence of its Cape Winelands' destination. In July Col'Cacchio Pizzeria diners can enjoy Erasmus' Liplekker Ribbetjie - a Bechamel base infused with roasted garlic and rosemary and topped with Mozzarella, smoked and braised Lamb Soutribbetjie, caramelised onion, pears poached in Port, fresh rocket and a sprinkling of rosemary salt.
Go to www.colcacchio.co.za to submit your own gourmet pizza recipe and enter the Pizza Challenge! See your very own creation on our menu in August and enjoy heavenly Col'Cacchio pizza slices for a year!