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When Is a Recipe Truly Yours?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail [email protected] Miss a question? Go here.

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:

Bernie Kantak Chef and Partner, Citizen Public House

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?

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Laura Hahnefeld
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