The 2012 Col’Cacchio pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series has been the most successful yet in its four-year history, with over 33 000 celebrity pizzas being eaten over the four months, resulting of a donation of R300 000 being made to charities.
The mouthwatering line-up of celebrity pizzas had diners lining up to try out the new creations, with R5 from the sale of each pizza was donated to the Children’s Hospital Trust, which is a fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape.
“We are delighted to be making this wonderful contribution to such a worthy cause,” said Col’Cacchio Holdings director Kinga Baranowska. “Once again we extend our sincere thanks to the most important people involved in the CCS (Celebrity Chef Series) – the chefs, customers and sponsors.”
The Children’s Hospital Trust will be using the R300 000 to upgrade the hospital’s Medical Ward B2, which treats some of the hospital’s youngest patients with chronic illnesses.
This upgrade will improve patient experience and outcomes, reduce the risk of cross-infection, increase emotional support and provide better conditions for the patients, parents and staff.
“We are so appreciative to Col’Cacchio pizzeria for selecting the Trust as the beneficiary of this initiative and we also extend our gratitude to Col’Cacchio’s customers for supporting the Celebrity Chef Series,” said Children’s Hospital Trust CEO Louise Driver.
“This donation will contribute significantly to improving the care of our young patients.”
The Celebrity Chef Series ran from May until the end of August, and featured creations by extremely talented chefs including Jackie Cameron (Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal), Coco Reinarhz (Sel et Poivre, Gauteng) and Chris Erasmus (Pierneef à la Motte, Franschhoek).
And in a new culinary twist for the Series, the public was invited to take part in a Pizza Challenge which saw Jessica Comninos crowned as the August Celebrity Chef with her delicious Liu Loren creation.