Celebrity Chef Series 2014 enters its second month with a throwback to 2010 when super chef and founder of The Food Design Agency in Johannesburg, Jodi-Ann Pearton, first took part in this Col’Cacchio pizzeria gourmet charity challenge.
Her 2014 Basil McBeefy pizza is an expression of her #FoodWithaStory culinary roots. She recalls fond memories of her father, Basil, preparing slow-braised beef short ribs for the family on weekends – “the most amazing comfort food and the spark that ignited my passion for food”.
Jodi-Ann’s Basil McBeefy is the essence of soul warming food – beef short rib slow cooked in red wine, veg and herbs, mozzarella, red chilli and crispy basil leaves.
The Basil McBeefy (R110) is available at all Col’Cacchio pizzeria stores across the country for the month of October. It is perfectly paired with the Place In The Sun Shiraz, a generous-bodied wine with red fruit, oak and savoury notes. R5 from every pizza sold will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Trust to fund a paediatric rehabilitation programme at St Joseph’s for Chronically Ill Children.
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More about Jodi-Ann Pearton:
Jodi-Ann is the founder of The Food Design Agency in Johannesburg which provides product development, recipe and menu conceptualisation, food styling and photography and skills training. A Silwood Kitchen graduate, she has won the SundayTimes Chef of the Year and Unilever South African Chef of the year and By Invitation Only competitions, to name a few and represented SA at various international chefs’ competitions. Having subsequently added The Cookie Design Emporium to her list of entrepreneurial ventures, she has been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of the country’s young business achievers.