August 6, 2008

Culinary Copyright: A Recipe for Disaster?

Chefs and cookbook authors are increasingly pushing lawsuits and plagiarism accusations on their colleagues. What separates culinary similarity from thievery? And who the hell owns mashed potatoes, anyway?

Adam Conner-Simons

English muffin croutons in the Caesar salad. When Rebecca Charles first showed her mother's recipe to her then sous-chef Ed McFarland, she warned him, "You will never make this anywhere else." Six years later, McFarland stood by as his lawyer declared, "I didn't know Caesar salad and lobsters are protected under the intellectual-property laws." Charles, chef of the upscale New York seafood restaurant Pearl Oyster Bar, had accused McFarland of appropriating dozens of recipes, plus the overall concept and lay-out of her New England-style seafood restaurant in his restaurant, Ed's Lobster Bar, just over a mile away. This past April the former colleagues settled out of court.

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- Food
- posted on Aug 13, 08

Article citing Chris!!

- Food
- posted on Aug 13, 08

The name is Rebecca Charles, not Rachel.

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