Anne Thornton – Justified Firing?

Pastry Chef Anne Thornton was fired from Food Network for allegedly plagiarizing recipes from famous food figures like Martha Stewart and Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten.

According to the Huffington Post article, the primary reason she was cut from Food Network was ratings related. I’m more inclined to believe this reason. I feel the plagiarism was more a scandal for press.

Here’s the thing. In these life and times, is any recipe out there TRULY original? Just about any dessert out there is based off a basic pastry technique tweaked with variations to make things interesting. I just don’t feel there are any truly original food thoughts out there. I’m sure many of my own personal recipes are out on the interwebs somewhere.

I remember when I was in culinary school, Food Network was in its infancy and much more focused on technique and culinary basics, it was less flashy at the time. As a result, we were often encouraged to watch as research. I remember watching Emeril Lagasse and feeling like every French recipe I learned in class in a given day was interpreted with bam and spice on his show.

I just get the feeling Ms. Thornton was not as marketable as some of her celeb chef peers and that ultimately led to the axing. Thoughts out there?


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