A cable food show has has been canceled after allegations surfaced that some of the host’s recipes were plagiarized from other chefs, reports the New York Post.
Television chef Anne Thornton is accused of using recipes from chefs including Martha Stewart and Ina Garten, apparently prompting Food Network to cancel her "Dessert First" program, the story reports. The show, which debuted on Food Network in October 2010, won’t see a third season, the story says.
Thornton’s frosting for German chocolate cupcakes were allegedly nearly identical to Martha Stewart’s 2009 coconut-pecan frosting recipe, while her lemon squares were very much like Ina Garten’s 1999 recipe for the same treat, according to the story.
A representative for Food Network declined to comment on Thornton’s recipe originality, but said the show’s cancellation was "purely due to ratings/performance," according to the story.
Thornton denied any problem with her recipes’ originality, noting that chefs learn from their heroes and "then you riff on that," the piece notes.
"As for lemon squares, there’s only so many ways you can make them, so of course there will be similarities,” Thornton said, according to the piece. “The same thing with baking or frosting — there are only so many ways you can do it.”