Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
I probably would not have taken this route if not for the following line in a supposed "apology" directed to Pim after "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. was caught having stolen Pim's delightful photo of her homemade pop tarts.
"Whenever I use a cartoon, recipe etc...I always give credit and I NEVER THOUGHT anything about this before."
Perhaps "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. has forgotten about this photo
it's a panforte I made back in December 2006
that apparently is the spitting image of one "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. "made" in December 2007
Time to recall "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr.'s "apology"
Well, "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. you do not give credit and you have indeed, done it before.
"I always give credit and I NEVER THOUGHT anything about this before."
Not only is this an issue of copyright infringement, this is also an issue of fraud - he is passing off this photo not only as his own work but as an example of what his "original" recipe would look like.
In case there are apologists (or alter ego's) out there that want to claim that this is a
"Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. claims that he was inspired to make this dish in New Orleans.
Actually, the photo has been ripped from the site: Eat with Me
You'll notice that the photo has been cropped and saturated to alter the colour - something that "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. claimed to Pim that he doesn't do.
This is supposed to be a sweet tart "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr whipped up for his sold out class at The Culinary Center Of Overland Park.
It too was shamelessly stolen from the site: Last Night's Dinner
It's actually a photo of a goat cheese and tomato tart - certainly not a sweet tart.
"Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. claims he "made" this sweet tomato bread pudding at his Heirloom Tomato Seminar .
Sorry to disappoint, it's actually a very savoury tomato, spinach bread pudding from the site: Beans and Greens
One more for good measure and this surely should give you a laugh
The photo is claimed to be that of "My wife Lisa's Salsa recipe"
Perhaps there are questions on the identity of "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr.'s spouse - I know I wouldn't be admitting to it - the photo actually comes from the site: Stainless Steel Droppings
5 minutes browsing and 4 more cases where copyright has been infringed, images misappropriated and fraud committed.
So what can we do - I can only repeat the advice of Pim
"By the way, these thieves don't usually strike just once, so you might want to check his archives and see if he's stolen from you too."
Thank you to all the support shown by fellow bloggers and the general public on this issue - do check out Jen's and Columbus Foodies posting on the matter.
"Chef" Jasper. J. Mirabile Jr has indeed closed his blog off as an invite only blog - no wonder really, if you look at the comments in the space of 15 minutes two more incidents of plagerism were found.
I notice that the sockpuppets are still active on Pim's post so this next one is for them
The following is a post "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. WROTE for the August Issue of 435 South - The Magazine of the South Johnson County. It is all about his experience at a local blackberry farm.
All good and well, except the text has mostly been taken from this site: Picktnproducts
The quotes he attributes to Cy and Dee were in fact spoken by Tammy Algood, "food expert and spokesperson for the statewide Pick Tennessee Products campaign"
Geography isn't my best subject but I'm sure that Kansas and Tennessee are two different states.
Please remember this is an article he wrote for a magazine that was lifted from The Tennessee Department of Agriculture - to truly highlight how much was lifted - the yellow text indicates all the lifted content, the normal text is what "Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile Jr actually wrote.