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Food Network drops chef Anne Thornton


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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:25 PM

From Fox News:

Television dessert diva Anne Thornton lost her sweet deal with the Food Network after brass discovered some of her decadent delights were reheats from cookbooks and super chefs like Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa, sources said.
Thornton -- whose show, "Dessert First," launched on the foodie channel in October 2010 -- was told the popular program would not be renewed when its second season ended.
"The network was very concerned because many of her recipes were close, with only a few minor edits, to other chefs' recipes," a source close to the production said Wednesday.

Among the sweet sensations that raised eyebrows were the frosting for Thornton's German Chocolate Cupcakes, a near replica of Martha Stewart's 2009 Coconut-Pecan Frosting recipe, give or take a handful of pecans and a dollop of butter.
And the New York pastry chef's Luscious Lemon Squares were very similar to a 1999 recipe from Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa.
A recipe Thornton cooked up for Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast closely mimicked one published in 2006 in the cookbook "The Essence of Chocolate." A side-by-side comparison of those two recipes shows Thornton added orange zest to the mix and topped hers with strawberry, rather than maple syrup.
The wording of the cooking instructions is also very similar.
"The network discovered the similarities during the second season of the show," a source said. "They went back and reviewed her first season, and discovered what looked like copying then, too."
A Food Network spokeswoman declined to address whether there was any issue over the origin of Thornton's recipes Wednesday.


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#2 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:33 PM

I don't watch the channel. It's blocked out of my Guide. I have no idea who the person in question is, but .......

Aren't ALL recipes just minor variations of each other?
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:22 PM

While I don't watch Food Network all that much (doubt I have watched anything on it in the last 3 years), I am familiar with her name.

Yes, I always thought they were as well.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:59 PM

Don't know her either. Since Alton left, I have dropped my viewing to occasional at best.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:43 PM

My suspicions were confirmed after a Google images search, she wasn't good enough looking to stay on the network me thinks.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

I watch this channel, but I've never seen this show.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:36 AM

Don't know her either. Since Alton left, I have dropped my viewing to occasional at best.


He's working on a new show (of his own).

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

My suspicions were confirmed after a Google images search, she wasn't good enough looking to stay on the network me thinks.

She's much better looking than Anne Burrell on the same channel.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:28 PM

Hmmm. My generation was used to:

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This "wasn't good enough looking to stay on the network", really:

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You're supposed to be looking at the food.:sure:

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:15 PM

Yeah, it was kind of between Julia and Graham Kerr for cooking shows.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

He's working on a new show (of his own).


For Food Network? That would be great, as long as it is not like that travel/food thing he did. I like the instructive nature of the Good Eats show. That man taught me how to cook, no two ways about it.:D

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:10 PM

For Food Network? That would be great, as long as it is not like that travel/food thing he did. I like the instructive nature of the Good Eats show. That man taught me how to cook, no two ways about it.:D


Food Files (don't know if that's a tentative title) with "nagging food questions and interesting issues".

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:40 PM

Food Files (don't know if that's a tentative title) with "nagging food questions and interesting issues".


Maybe it will be a bit more adult. The only thing I cringed a bit with the old program was the theme acting. I understand they were meant to help with memory placement. But the way he used props to represent interactions was enough without the silly skits. Watched every show, but it turned a bit juvenile at times. Or was I a bit old for the show.:scratchin




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