It's that time of year again, the time when Col'Cacchio pizzeria calls on top chefs and pizza lovers from around the country to join the Celebrity Chef Series and help raise funds for charity. Each year we invite South Africa's most celebrated chefs to design their own original pizzas. From May - August these signature creations are added to the Col'Cacchio pizzeria menu and R5 from every pizza sold will be donated to the Children's Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape. This year's chefs come from very different backgrounds and will bring their unique cooking styles and personal experiences to the table.
In May, we see "Technical Master" Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse & Cookery School), "The Adventurer" David Grier (chef and world famous extreme adventurer) in June, and "The Creatives" from Charly's Bakery (of the hit reality show Charly's Cake Angels).
Last but not least, we introduce the bigger and better Pizza Challenge LIVE. Continuing from last year's ground breaking Pizza Challenge, where we challenged the public to create their own masterpieces on an interactive website, in the hopes of becoming our 4th celebrity chef, this year we are adding a whole new spin to the exciting concept. The 2013 Pizza Challenge will include a web-based reality series, which will see 6 contestants chosen from all entries, compete against each other for the title of the next celebrity chef.
"The Technical Master"See Liams's Website
Introducing technical master, Liam Tomlin. Born and raised in Ireland, his career as a chef began at the tender age of 14, mastering his craft in some of Europe's finest kitchens. Liam eventually moved to Australia and in 1997 opened Banc Restaurant in Sydney, earning himself the 3 Hats Award and Restaurant of the Year title in 2001. Exceptional standards in service and cuisine secured Liam as one of the finalists for the World Master of Culinary Arts Award. In 2004 Liam relocated to Cape Town and his latest venture, Chefs Warehouse & Cookery School offers a combination of retail and culinary education. It is a natural extension of his passion for fine cuisine and training young chefs. His third book, 'Lessons with Liam' launched at the end of last year and gives away some of his secrets and cooking techniques. Liam's pizza is called - Lau-Ling (R70)
A base of vietnamese style sauce and roasted crushed basmati rice, ground chicken (minced), mint, coriander, spring onions, caramelised onion, sesame seeds, basil and chilli. Served with a vermicelli salad.
"The Adventurer"See David's Website
Introducing the mighty David Grier, our "Adventurer". Before David became one of South Africa's (if not the world's) leading extreme adventurers, he started his career as a chef and opened a string of successful restaurants. David was born into a Cape wine farming family and has never lost his love for food, wine and the outdoors. His most famous expeditions include completing the first joint run of The Great Wall of China and the first solo run through India, an amazing 4800km in 98 days. Through these journey's David has raised funds for corrective surgery to make a difference in the lives of children born with cleft lips and pallets. His charitable, courageous and adventurous spirit combined with over 30 years of kitchen experience culminate into his awe-inspiring Ghanchaka pizza! David's pizza is called - Ghanchaka (R80)
Indian spiced base, silken chicken tikka, spring onion, coriander topped with pineapple coriander chili salsa served with a mint and coriander yoghurt.
"The Creatives"See Charly's Website
Once upon a time... in a land quite near actually, there was a 16 year old boy named Charly who like Cinderella had to sweep floors, wash dishes and make puff pastry. This eventually led to the fantastical 'creatives' of Charly's Bakery fame. Jacqui Biess along with her three daughters Alexandra, Daniella and Roche make up the faces behind Charly's Bakery, a family owned and operated premier wedding cake bakery that has become an institution in Cape Town. Their fresh, modern and innovative cake creations have featured in countless glossy magazines and their shop visited by many a famous personality such as Oprah Winfrey. The team also star in the hugely successful Charly's Cake Angels reality show on DSTV's Food Network. Charly's Bakery pizza is called - Dangwhoodle (R85)
Tomato base, fior di latte mozzarella, roasted cherry tomatoes, Italian parmesan, grilled artichokes and finished off with a basil pesto balsamic glaze. Add option of: anchovy or salami.
The 2013 Pizza Challenge LIVE is a web based reality show like no other where the South African public vote for who goes and who stays. This year we're giving YOU the chance to be a Celebrity Chef & star in our online reality show. The winner also get's a year's supply of pizza! Enter now: www.colcacchio.co.za/pizzachallenge