All Stars Return for Col’Cacchio Celebrity Chef Series 2014

Col’Cacchio’s Celebrity Chef Series is back and three of SA’s top chefs are telling their unique stories with new signature pizzas….


Col’Cacchio pizzeria has been inviting South Africa’s top culinary talent to take part in the Celebrity Chef Series since the campaign kicked off in 2009.  This year, they are turning back the clock and bringing back three of these all-star chefs, Mike Basset, Jodi-Ann Pearton and Rudi Liebenberg, to reinvent their take on gourmet pizza for good cause.

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Mike Basset


The all-star chefs challenge is to tell individual stories of a life in food by creating a signature pizza with ingredients and flavour combinations that reflect their own #foodwithastory.   Pizza fans get to dine at Col’Cacchio pizzeria from September till November to experience the delectable line up of signature pizza creations.


Taking off the series from the month of September is Mike Basset, the award-winning owner and chef at Myoga at The Vineyard Hotel and Spar in Newlands.  Inspired by his culinary travels, he’s created a mouthwatering flavour fusion that takes its cues from the deep south of the United States and South America, The Redneck pizza – a seasoned tomato and cream cheese base, southern fried chicken, topped with homemade sweet chilli sauce, coriander, chimichurri and ruby slaw.

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The Redneck Pizza


Since 2009 The Celebrity Chef Series has raised over R1 million for charitable causes through the R5 donation from the sales of each celebrity chef pizza.  Funds raised this year will go to the Children’s Hospital Trust to benefit St Josephs for Chronically Ill Children to fund an inpatient rehabilitation service to which many patients are referred from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 Celebrity Chef Series is proudly sponsored by Rialto Foods, Parmalat, The Food Store, Coca Cola, Place in the Sun Wines, Bos Ice Tea and Appletiser.

The Redneck Pizza is available at R89 throughout the month of September at Col’Cacchio pizzerias countrywide.


To know more about Mike Basset, visit


Follow Col’Cacchio and follow the conversation using the hashtag: #foodwithastory


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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