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Anne Thornton Fired From Food Network For Recipe Plagiarism

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We feel like NOT plagiarizing your recipes is a no-brainer, especially when you're in the public spotlight on a national TV network and people are watching you!

So we're not surprised to hear that Anne Thornton of Dessert First has gotten the axe for stealing her recipes.

The source said:

“The network was very concerned because many of her recipes were close — with only a few minor edits — to other chefs’ recipes. The network discovered the similarities during the second season of the show. They went back and reviewed her first season, and discovered what looked like copying then, too.”

Apparently most of the offenses came from these sources: Ina Garten, Martha Stewart and 2006 cookbook "The Essence of Chocolate."

The network, however, is sticking with their claim that the cancellation of the show was based solely on ratings.

Here's what Anne had to say:

“This is all news to me.I get inspiration from all my heroes. You take what you learn from them and then you riff on that. 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. It’s chemistry; it’s not just cooking. So there are always going to be things that are the same. At Food Network, we go over all our recipes with them. They wouldn’t [run] something that wasn’t original.”

What did you expect her to say?? 'Yeah, I stole them. So what?' Ha!

Either way, something fishy's going on here. We wouldn't be getting word of this unless something other than ratings happened!

All this food talk is making us hungry.

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