Place in the Sun Wine for Test Kitchen’s Chef’s Pizza in Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series 2015

Posted on: 9 September 2015

12In November, the Col’Cacchio pizzeria annual Celebrity Chef Series will feature Ivor Jones, head chef at South Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen, when he will create a signature pizza in aid of charity, paired with Fairtrade wine brand Place in the Sun. He is designing his topping in collaboration with soccer superstar Jabu Mahlangu.

The Test Kitchen is the only establishment in the country to feature on the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This year, it was in 28th position. It is also a regular winner of the local Eat Out Restaurant Awards.

Details of the pizza conceived by Jones and Mahlangu, who in his heyday played for Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United and now works asa soccer analyst and mentor, and youth motivator for responsible alcohol consumption, will be announced in November. Their celebrity pizza will be paired with Place in the Sun’s hearty and juicy Shiraz, brimming with berry flavours and spicy notes, made in the award-winning Zonnebloem cellars.

Place in the Sun pays a premium for the grapes it sources from two Stellenbosch farms. The money is used to fund a range of farmworker projects, including educational, nutritional, health and recreational initiatives. The premiums, for example, have funded the tuition of Fairtrade’s first university graduate, Alvercia Juries, who will complete her four-year nursing studies at the University of the Western Cape, later this year.

All projects are identified by a committee on which the farmworkers are represented.

The Mahlangu/Jones pizza will be the third in Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s three-month Celebrity Chef Series, with R5 from the sale of these signature pizzas going to charity. The beneficiary is The Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape. All funds raised will be used to upgrade and expand the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the hospital.

“Place in the Sun is an optimistic brand that pays it forward with a portion of the sale of every bottle contributing to the wellbeing of the workers who tend the vines and harvest the grapes for our wines. We are delighted to be paired with the world-class talents of Ivor and Jabu. We can think of no higher compliment for our brand,” said global marketing spokesperson for Place in the Sun, Dè-Mari Kellerman.

Place in the Sun wines are also available from Makro and Pick ‘n Pay. In addition to the Shiraz, the range includes a Sauvignon blanc, an unwooded Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot.
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