On Thursday, prominent food writer Kenji López-Alt, author of New York Times’ bestselling book The Food Lab tweeted that BuzzFeed’s Tasty general manager Ashley McCollum had capitalized on content theft.
Nick Chipman, food blogger at the popular site Dude Foods, also said BuzzFeed lifted his ideas.
He first noticed his ideas on BuzzFeed when a recipe for a bacon weave taco was eerily similar to his own original recipe, he said in an email.
The oven temperature, cooking time, and methods of cutting and baking
the meat taco were exactly like the recipe on his blog,
explaining he noticed that the photos were credited to someone named
Alvin Zhou, who Chipman said “would always DM me his food videos on Instagram to try to get me to share them on my account.”
According to Chipman, an editor told him that the company had no idea their freelance video developer (Alvin Zhou, who is now a video producer at BuzzFeed) had copied Chipman’s two bacon ideas and had borrowed heavily from Chipman’s recipe for Bacon Wrapped Cheese Sticks.
A week or so later, the company edited the page to give
Chipman credit, but never called him to provide an update on the
situation, he said.
López-Alt said in a tweet that a BuzzFeed editor also apologized to him for idea theft that McCollum later denied. Read more
I have a good breakfast idea! A waffle in the shape of a hard shell taco. Then add bacon and sausage (like if it was taco meat) put eggs (like if the Eggs where lettuces) and syrup (like it was hot sauce!!) MAKE IT!!!!
Oh Dios, pues claro. ¡Que idea mas local! ¡Estás contratada!