In selecting the celebrity chef for August, the three 2012 Col'Cacchio pizzeria celebrity chefs - Jackie Cameron, Coco Reinarhz and Chris Erasmus were joined by MasterChef's Benny Masekwameng. All unanimously selected Jessica Comninos for her Liu Loren Pizza.
It combines a tomato base, mozzarella, Asian-marinated chicken, oven caramelised apricots and fresh thyme, with a topping of spring onion, fresh coriander and a drizzle of honey soy and orange reduction.
Commenting on her inspiration Comninos said, "I grew up under the culinary expertise of my dad, who loves to experiment with different Thai flavours. His signature dish is a Thai-inspired Peking duck 5 course meal, which includes the fragrant flavours of garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass and coriander. These Thai staples made every meal my favourite and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my favourite flavours than on a pizza."
Col'Cacchio pizzeria encourages diners to enjoy sampling the culinary creations from Erasmus and Comninos over July and August. With the donation of R5 per Celebrity Chef Pizza sold, the pizzeria is hoping to add to the R85 910 already raised for the Children's Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape.
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