Newswire: America’s Test Kitchen sues founder for stealing its recipe
It’s been a rough year for amiable, good-natured cooking programs. In September, The Great British Bake Off lost three-fourths of its central ensemble when it was announced the show would be moving out of BBC. Now, the Boston Globe reports that America’s Test Kitchen, the empire behind the cookbook/TV series of the same name and Cook’s Illustrated magazine, is suing Christopher Kimball, its genial, bow-tied founder and one-time on-air personality.
America’s Test Kitchen alleges that in creating his new venture, Milk Street, Kimball “literally and conceptually ripped off America’s Test Kitchen.” Milk Street (originally called Milk Street Kitchen) is a multimedia company encompassing a print magazine, website, cooking school, cookbooks, and more.
According to the lawsuit, Kimball—Saturday afternoons on PBS in human form—spent his last year with the company secretly using its databases and recipes to position Milk Street as a direct …