Candice Krieger

The grill they all want a stake in

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Restaurant owner Jon Yantin is not alone in seeing the potential of his newly reopened Chicago Rib Shack.

It has received £3 million in backing from some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs.



John Yantin, owner of Chicago Rib Shack

Investment banker Michael Sherwood, the co-chief executive of Goldman Sachs International, and Anthony Lyons, head of Earls Court & Olympia, now hold a stake in the London restaurant, which is offering kosher meat.

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Martyn Dias is building a king-sized career as Elvis Shmelvis

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Martyn Dias has spent much of his professional career trying to be someone else. The 46-year-old is a professional Elvis Presley impersonator.

Known as Elvis Shmelvis, Mr Dias scooped £500 in a European Elvis-impersonating competition, held at the Rendezvous Casino in Brighton last month.

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Jeff Peters has found a charitable way to stir the British towards better cooking

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Gordon RamsAy and Jamie Oliver are not the only ones trying to do something about the state of British cooking. Former Michelin-star chef Jeff Peters, who has worked with Mr Ramsay, has some strong concerns — and plans — of his own.

Mr Peters, 38, believes people no longer know how to cook, unlike previous generations. “We are living in an age of convenience,” says Mr Peters, who spent the 1990s as a chef in Claridge’s and The Square. “It is worrying, because we will lose the art of cooking, for instance if children see their parents getting takeaways.”

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Nicole Davis is having a pop at the UK music charts

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

American-born Nicole Davis is hoping to make her mark on the UK music scene. Miss Davis, known as Nicol, is about to release her debut single Everybody Knows.

Her music, which has been compared with Sheryl Crow’s, has been commissioned by Sony for a show called Sofia’s Diary, currently broadcasting on AOL’s recent acquisition, Bebo.com.

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Rosemary Friedman writes a humorous play about grief

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Heartache can be humorous, according to North London writer Rosemary Friedman. The 79-year-old’s latest play, An Eligible Man, is a comedy of grief. It opened at Hampstead’s New End Theatre last week for an exclusive six-week run. The play features a widowed circuit judge, left lonely and totally unprepared to cope after his wife dies, before being pursued by three different women — each one representing an attribute of his late wife.

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Jacques Azagury is smelling success with his new perfume

By Candice Krieger, May 9, 2008

Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Ronan Keating have done it, and now evening-wear designer Jacques Azagury is getting in on the act. The Casablanca-born fashionista has created his own perfume. He launched the signature scent, Azagury, at a party he hosted at Selfridges London store last month.


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Sir Alan gets fired up over a Yiddish special

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Sir Alan Sugar, star of the BBC series The Apprentice, this week lays down a challenge to Jewish Chronicle readers: if you think you’d do so much better than his current candidates, prove it by joining his planned one-off “k’nackers’ special” of the show — named after the Yiddish term for “big shot”.

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Livni to meet Egyptian counterpart in London

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was due in the UK today for a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the Palestinian Authority donors’ conference.

The meeting between the two ministers is reportedly the first of its kind since they fell out over Egypt’s handling of the arms smuggling into Gaza.

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Israel’s biggest challenge? Poverty, says Olmert’s economics guru

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

As Israel gets ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s chief economic adviser says the country’s much-vaunted “economic miracle” places it in a good position to weather the current global financial storm. But he warns that greater domestic challenges lie ahead.


Getting a free meal at the Meir Panim soup kitchen in Jerusalem

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Deborah Pearlman fears for the future of children’s television

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Children are missing out on crucial learning opportunities as companies make cuts in television programme production, warns former script editor Deborah Pearlman, who worked on the award-winning Tracy Beaker series.

Miss Pearlman, 35, has specialised in children’s television drama for the past five years and supervised scripts for the BBC’s Grange Hill, EastEnders and Byker Grove.

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Martin Baum decides that Shakespeare would read better as: ‘To be or not to be, innit’

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Satirist Martin Baum is concerned that schoolchildren are daunted by William Shakespeare’s works. So — gadzooks! — he has re-written the playwright’s collection entirely in “yoof-speak”, in the hope that the slang will appeal to a younger audience.

Mr Baum’s book, To Be or Not To Be, Innit, includes Macbeff and Two Geezas of Verona, among 15 abridged versions of Shakespeare’s work. It is an Amazon bestseller, and chat-show hosts Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady have requested copies of the book for their shows.

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Elliot Cohen and Philip Geller take their clothes-recycling business into the premier league with an award from the Queen

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

When the late Israel Cohen and his son Gerald started a used clothing company in Manchester in 1959, they did not envisage a royal accolade and congratulations from the Prime Minister 49 years on.

But I & G Cohen, still a family business and now collecting clothes, shoes and textiles in Britain for foreign export, has now received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, endorsed by Gordon Brown.

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Ellie Levenson fights to make the morning-after pill more readily available

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Women are being patronised by not being given the opportunity to buy emergency contraception in advance of needing it, according to journalist Ellie Levenson, 29.

Last week, Ms Levenson launched the Women Are Not Stupid campaign — together with an e-petition — to urge the government to make the morning-after pill available from pharmacists on demand, in advance. At the moment, it is at the discretion of each pharmacy.

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Let’s do the business

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Britain’s most famous businessman tells it straight: he doesn’t like shmoozers, or frummers, or Israel much for that matter. And as for critics of The Apprentice...



Sir Alan Sugar: "Forcing people into shul is not really the way. Although, if they get
comfort in it, good luck to them"

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Professor Joan Freeman has advice for parents of child geniuses: for their benefit, let them grow up in their own time

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

Children who are accelerated beyond their year group at school are likely to experience social problems later on in life, according to the psychologist Joan Freeman.

Professor Freeman has spent more than 30 years researching gifted children, and Channel 4 has just been highlighting her work. She was also recently given a lifetime achievement award by the British Psychological Society.

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Elan and Josh Miller abandon London to volunteer in the IDF

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

The North-London brothers have left their London life behind to join the Israeli Defence Forces — and fulfil a long-standing dream.

Elan and Josh Miller from Hendon, aged 20 and 19 respectively, are volunteering as fighters in the Israeli army. Elan, who arrived in Israel two years ago, is now a qualified tank driver, while Josh, who moved in September 2006, is a foot-soldier in the Golani brigade. They both plan to make aliyah.

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Lauren Rich is recognised for her work with hospital radio

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

Lauren Rich, 28, has been named one of hospital radio’s top presenters. She was awarded the honour at last month’s National Hospital Radio Awards, organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association. She picked up her accolade in the Female Presenter of the Year category.

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Tim Angel has a four-million-item wardrobe after buying the BBC’s costumes

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

Businessman Tim Angel will never be short of something to wear. The chairman of Angels costumiers, he recently bought the BBC costume collection — comprising more than one million costumes — to add to his company’s existing three million outfits. Among them are pieces from Life on Mars, ’Allo ’Allo, Doctor Who and Extras.

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Adam Foulds picks up a top award for a book he wrote in between driving fork-lifts

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

Former fork-lift truck driver Adam Foulds has been named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

Mr Foulds, 33, whose father is Rabbi Michael Foulds of the New Essex Masorti Synagogue, picked up the award for his debut novel, The Truth About These Strange Times (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) — a book about contemporary London life. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a runaway child genius and an overweight, chain-smoking twenty-something Glaswegian.

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Chief joins Trevor Horn for a kosher Live Aid

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Look out, Sir Bob Geldof. The Chief Rabbi is to make a live recording of his recently released CD, Israel — Home of Hope, in the original studio used to record Live Aid.

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