Food Network Dessert Chef Accused of Plagiarism: Report

by | February 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM | TV News

Anne Thornton (Photo: Food Network)

A Food Network dessert specialist was reportedly denied a second season because of allegations she plagiarized recipes from other famous foodies.

The pastry preparer is Anne Thornton, who had her own show, “Dessert First,” on the Food Network for one season, after which the show was not renewed.

Now, the New York Post is reporting — here — that Thornton was not picked up for more shows because Food Network management felt some of her recipes bore resemblances that were too close to recipes published by food luminaries such as Martha Stewart and “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten.

The story is being reported now because The Post apparently got wind of the situation recently — though Thornton and the Food Network reportedly parted ways last summer. The story goes into fascinating detail about how some of Thornton’s recipes were almost identical to some of the other chefs’ published recipes, except for small details Thornton changed.

Reached by The Post for comment, Thornton dismissed the plagiarism charge. “This is all news to me,” the paper quotes her as saying. “I get inspiration from all my heroes.”

“You take what you learn from them and then you riff on that,” she said. “As for lemon squares, there’s only so many ways you can make them, so of course there will be similarities. The same thing with baking or frosting — there are only so many ways you can do it.”