Michelin star chef is under criticism for allegedly plagiarizing recipes and personal anecdotes


Elizabeth Haigh, a former Masterchef US contestant and Michelin star chef, has received flak for allegedly plagiarizing recipes and personal anecdotes from a Singaporean chef.

Haigh’s book “Makan,” published in May of this year, has received acclaim from popular figures such as Nigella Lawson. However, New York based Singaporean chef Sharon Wee claimed that the Michelin chef “copied or paraphrased” recipes and anecdotes from her 2012 book “Cooking in a Nonya Kitchen”.

Wee claimed that Haigh, who also has a Singaporean Chinese heritage, saved at least 15 recipes and personal stories.

“My book Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen, first published in 2012, is both a cookbook and a memory of recreating my mother’s personalized recipes, interviewing older relatives, researching my Nonya legacy, and telling my family story” said Wee in a statement.

The chef added, “So I was dismayed to discover that Elizabeth Haigh had copied or paraphrased certain recipes and other content from my book in Makan without my consent, and I made the book’s editor, Bloomsbury Absolute, immediately on the matter attentive .

“I am grateful that Bloomsbury responded to my concerns and removed Makan.”

Haigh, on the other hand, has not yet issued an opinion on the matter.

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