Pizza with pizzazz

2012-05-12 00:00

MIDLANDS chef Jackie Cameron has created a special gourmet pizza, which not only leaves your inner man with a grin on his face, but will help provide care to patients at Western Cape’s Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare.

Cameron, the head chef at Hartford House in Mooi River, is one of three chefs approached to create pizzas for this year’s Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series.

Last year’s event raised R227 000 for the Wildlands Conservation Trust, and this year R5 from every pizza sold will go to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which will use the money raised to refurbish its medical wards B1 and B2, which treat some of the hospital’s youngest patients with chronic illnesses.

Around 25% of these patients are HIV positive and 15% are infected with tuberculosis.

Cameron’s creation — which can be sampled throughout May at Col’Cacchio restaurants around the country, including the outlet at Gateway in Umhlanga — is the Carpe Funghi, made with mozzarella, caramelised onion, oven roasted mushrooms, roasted garlic and Italian Parmesan, and topped with thinly sliced beef carpaccio, truffle mayonnaise and fresh dill.

A vegetarian version is also available.

Asked why she had chosen this specific recipe, the chef said: “I always order tomato- based pizzas and I love them deeply, but this is normally because I am craving tomato rather than pizza and also probably … craving a bit of fast food combinations.

“But I thought because this is a ‘celebrity chef series’ I had to come up with a pizza that screamed CHEF … I felt every ingredient added the pizzazz to the pizza that I was looking for.”

The Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series runs from May to August, with creations by Coco Reinarhz, of Sel et Poivre Gauteng, appearing in June and Chris Erasmus of Pierneef à la Motte Franschhoek in July.

In August fans are invited to test their pizza-making skills and enter their ideas for gourmet pizzas to win the chance of having their creation on the menu in August.

Cameron added: “ What a wonderful idea for young chefs or foodie people wanting to get their name out there. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if a KZN fan can get this.” To enter the challenge, log on to www.colcacchio.co.za.

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