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Michelin star chef is accused of plagiarizing a Singaporean nonya’s recipes and personal stories in cookbook

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A British Singaporean-born Michelin star chef is in hot water after a writer accused her of plagiarizing her cookbook.

The accuser: On Oct. 6, Singaporean and New York-based author Sharon Wee blasted out a statement across her social media platforms accusing Elizabeth Haigh’s debut 2021 cookbook “Makan: Recipes from the Heart of Singapore” of having striking similarities in recipes, personal family anecdotes and memories to her 2012 cookbook, “Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen.”

‘Asian Specialist’ on ‘Masterchef’ Called Out For Use of ‘Dirty Food’


A London-based contestant in BBC One’s “Masterchef: The Professionals” faces backlash after reportedly referring to Asian cuisine as “dirty” in her Instagram bio.

Philli Armitage-Mattin, a 28-year-old London-based chef, was called out online for her description of “Dirty food refined.” The line in question has since been removed from her Instagram, according to TODAY.

MasterChef Australia Contestant: Why Greeting Asians With ‘Ni Hao Ma’ is Racist

A contestant in MasterChef Australia has put a local radio station on blast for the “ignorant” way of greeting her in Chinese. 

What happened: Contestant Sarah Tiong, who was recently eliminated from the cooking competition show, said a presenter from Triple M Sunraysia greeted her with “ni hao ma” (Mandarin for “How are you?”) off-air, before a phone interview.

Companies Unite Against Masterchef UK Judge for Whitesplaining Chicken Rendang to Malaysian Chef

A lot of Southeast Asian brands, branches and outlets have united to poke fun at the latest Masterchef controversy that is now being called “Rendanggate,” according to Straits Times.

Companies and industries are doing their part to criticize MasterChef UK judge Gregg Wallace’s comments that Malaysian chef Zaleha Kadir Olpin‘s chicken rendang has to be “crispy” and that it allegedly wasn’t cooked.

MasterChef Judge Humiliates Asian Women, Says Chinese Men ‘Have Some Defects’

Italian-American restaurateur Joe Bastianich has come under fire for humiliating Chinese women and insisting on the tired and offensive stereotype on Asian male genitalia.

In a recent episode of “MasterChef Italia,” Bastianich, who serves as a judge in the cooking show, visited a beauty salon with female Chinese staff to get a manicure and pedicure.