When Is a Recipe Truly Yours?
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For many of us, we couldn't care less if Mom's apple pie is really Mom's or something she lifted from a cookbook -- we just know it tastes good. But for Valley chefs who are in the business of creating signature dishes for diners, when can they truly claim a recipe as their own? I asked a few of them and this is what they had to say:
KellyandSusie Flipp, Etsy
A recipe is never yours. Sad that our intellectual property is out there for anyone to grab and there's nothing we can do to protect it. Meanwhile, we pay umpteen different companies to play music in our space. Chopped salad, anyone?
All food has been invented, we just rediscover it. Changing, adding, or omitting ingredients, quantities and techniques, and using cook's intuition will yield different results. If you give 10 chefs a recipe, you'll get 10 different dishes. The key is execution and consistency. No trademarks on recipes!
When it's an original -- like the chocolate tower or the ABC foie gras terrine that was published in Michael Ginor's book, Foie Gras: A Passion. After the book came out, it told me my recipe had become a modern-day classic.
Never. Recipes are like trading cards. You can buy, sell, and possess them, but other people have the same trading cards. Consequently, you think that you're the only cardholder but fail to realize that other chefs also may own the same recipe. That said, a talented chef can deconstruct any food item and write a recipe that re-engineers the item.
When you put your imprint on something, it's yours. There are like a million mac 'n' cheese recipes out there, but to my family and friends, mine is the best, so that's all that matters.