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Celebrity chef accused of plagiarizing Singaporean cook’s recipes

Singaporean/British Chef Elizabeth Haigh is in some hot water after she was accused of plagiarizing her recipes. Haigh is best known for appearing in BBC’s “MasterChef” in 2011 but recently published a cookbook titled “Makan” earlier this year, reports Today. But a Singaporean cook named Sharon Wee called Haigh out for stealing recipes and personal anecdotes from her cookbook “Growing up in a Nonya Kitchen” which was published in 2012.

“I was therefore distressed to discover that certain recipes and other content from my book had been copied or paraphrased without my consent in Makan by Elizabeth Haigh, and I immediately brought this matter to the attention of the book’s publisher, Bloomsbury Absolute,” Wee wrote on Instagram. “I am grateful that Bloomsbury has responded to my concerns by withdrawing Makan from circulation.”

There was a public outcry and consequently, the publisher of Haigh’s book Bloomsbury Absolute has withdrawn Makan from shelves.

Things got worse for Haigh after more accusations of plagiarism came forward, reports Eater London. Instagram page Cook the Books accused Haigh of lifting “15 or more recipes” from Wee in what they considered the “most blatant case of cookbook plagiarism we’ve ever seen.”

Singaporean critic Daryl Lim also pointed out similarities between recipes in Makan and other recipes from other chefs.

Others also came out on social media with accusations Haigh lifted their recipes.

Spokespersons for both Haigh and Wee declined to comment citing legal reasons. But Wee said her book “Growing up in Nonya Kitchen” will be reprinted.

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