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Food Network Producer Alleges He Was Cut Out of Spinoff Shows

22 May 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The creator of the Food Network show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” filed a lawsuit Monday, alleging that he was cut out of the production of two spinoff shows.

David Hoffman claims that he is entitled to compensation for the shows “Guilty Pleasures” and “Top 5 Restaurants.” He alleges that both shows derive from concepts he developed while producing two earlier Food Network shows, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “The Best Thing I Ever Made.”

Hoffman filed suit against Authentic Entertainment, the production company behind each of the programs. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The suit claims that “Guilty Pleasures” is “a virtual carbon copy” of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

“Selected episodes have similar themes, if not the same themes,” the suit states. “Episodes feature similar talent (noted chefs and television food personalities), if not the same talent. Both ‘Guilty Pleasures’ and ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ are »

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