Which pizza franchise makes the nicest slice? – TimesLIVE

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We presented five peckish students with five unlabelled takeaway pizzas from popular franchise brands. Although the toppings were similar (all vegetarian), the results of this entirely subjective taste test prove that there is a pizza for every person and a person for every pizza THE CONTENDERS sub_head_endOur panel of judges taste tested takeaway vegetarian pizzas from:• Col’Cacchio• Domino’s• Debonairs• Romans• Pizza Hutsub_head_start THE JUDGES MUZI MUYANDU, 29″I’m a kind and loving person who enjoys the simple things in life. My hobbies are soccer, swimming and cooking. I really enjoy cooking and I love food, especially pizza.” PHUMZILE MASEKO, 31″I’m an energetic person who is passionate about cooking. I also like singing. When I’m at home I like to be in the kitchen cooking. My favourite pizza is a double-decker with extra cheese.”story_article_right1 TSHEPISO LETSOARA, 21″I love being in the kitchen and playing around with recipes – it excites me. I’ve enjoyed pizza since I was very young. I like a very thick crust with extra olives and cheese, but don’t overload the toppings.” FLORINA MEKHOE, 25″I enjoy being around people and I love cooking. I’m studying to be a chef because it inspires me to work with all kinds of food.” THUSO TREVOR MOGOTLANE, 24″I come from a humble, supportive and caring family, and I love working with people who know what they want in life.”The judging panel are all students of Hospitality Trainers & Associates (HTA) in Randburg. The Industry Connection programme, founded 20 years ago by Di Beadle, is an introductory course for those wanting to pursue a career in professional cookery. For more information, visit htachefschool.co.za.sub_head_start THE VERDICT COL’CACCHIOOlives, artichokes, asparagus, green pepper and mushroom, R95 for a 30cm pizzaThe thin, crispy crust divided the students in opinion, but they agreed on the attractiveness and fresh appeal of the toppings. DOMINO’SMixed peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomato, R79.90 for a 30cm pizza (free delivery)”It’s a bit floppy,” said one student. Others praised the colourful appearance, the sauce and the generous crust. “It’s as good as pizza that has meat on it,” said one.story_article_right2 DEBONAIRSMushrooms, olives, pineapple, onion, tomato and spring onion, R74.90 for a 30cm pizza (free delivery)”Wow, it attracts you by the eyes,” said one student. One taster felt that the olives overpowered the rest of the toppings, but everyone enjoyed the complementary tastes and textures. ROMANSMushrooms, green pepper, onion and tomato, R118.90 for two 30cm pizzasThe students liked the look of this pizza and the degree to which it was cooked, particularly the golden crust. They found the flavours pleasing and balanced, though one taster would have preferred the tomatoes to have fewer seeds. PIZZA HUTMushrooms, green pepper, red onion, pineapple and olives (extra), R99.80 for a 30cm pizza (free delivery)”The crust has a very nice crunch to it,” said one student. Another found it “a little oily”, but the rest loved the “juiciness” and mix of flavours. Overall the students considered this their favourite pizza…
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