RICHARD CAR­ING?

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features -

The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news

RICHARD Car­ing was this week named as Bri­tain’s rich­est restau­ra­teur in The Sun­day Times’s Rich List. We Jews love a fress, so what are the chances that Car­ing is one of us? AGAINST: Car­ing’s fa­ther is an Ital­ianAmer­i­can GI who was sta­tioned over here dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. In­deed, Car­ing’s orig­i­nal name was Caringi — more lin­guini than lock­shen. He did not marry a nice Jewish girl ei­ther — at least, our rab­bini­cal panel found no ev­i­dence that Jac­que­line Stead, the Alder­shot­born daugh­ter of a re­tired army ma­jor, is kosher. Nei­ther, it has to be said, are the restau­rants he owns, which in­clude The Ivy and Le Caprice but not Bloom’s or Reubens. FOR: Car­ing’s mother, Silvia Parnes, was Jewish, and Car­ing was brought up in the North Lon­don heart­land — Finch­ley, to be pre­cise. When the go­ing got re­ally good, he pur­chased a mod­est place in North-West Lon­don, which has been la­belled the Ver­sailles of Hamp­stead. He made his money in the shmut­ter trade, he is best mates with nice Jewish boy Philip Green, and his heav­ily coiffed hair re­sem­bles that of Lord Levy — who may or may not have played a part in Car­ing’s se­cret £2m do­na­tion to Labour (since re­turned with thanks). He is a fan of that most Jewish of sports, golf. In­deed, his col­lec­tion of clubs in­cludes not just driv­ers and put­ters, but also Went­worth in Sur­rey. VER­DICT: This guy can dine out on his Jewish­ness at Lon­don’s top restau­rants when­ever he wants (see­ing as he owns them all).

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