Food Network’s ‘Dessert First’ Star Anne Thornton Fired
According to a report by the New York Post, Anne Thornton, (now former) host of “Desserts First,” has been let go for allegedly plagiarizing recipes.
Apparently, recipes Thornton was using to create delectable delights such as her “Luscious Lemon Squares” were much too similar to those recipes of noted bakery geniuses Ina Garten, Martha Stewart and others that were featured in the 2006 cookbook titled “The Essence of Chocolate.”
“Desserts First” premiered in October of 2010 and was completing its second season before representatives of the Food Network decided not to renew the show. The reason given was lack of ratings in response to questioning by the Post.
Thornton maintains that although she is a fan of Garten and Stewart, she was unaware of any plagiarism accusations.
Born in San Antonio and raised in Cleveland, Thornton fell in love with food at a very young age. After working for Apple Computer, Inc. for a while, she decided to move to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. After enrolling in the Institute of Culinary Education, Anne landed a job in culinary production and learned the ins and outs behind the scenes before becoming a personal chef.
With a long resumé filled with celebrity chef affiliations, one can’t help to wonder what will become of Thornton’s future.
When it comes to copyright laws surrounding recipes, the law tends to concentrate more on the instructions of the overall recipe and less on the ingredients, making infringements difficult to detect.
The vagueness of copyright laws have allowed plagiarists to get off without any repercussions in the past. But in this case because Thornton is a high-profile pastry chef on one of the largest networks, it puts her at a higher standard.
Being a big Food Network fan myself, it’s sad to see any bad press attached to one of the last wholesome networks out there.