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Evanston Chef Sued By Bakery Over Missing Recipes

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    An Evanston bakery owner got burned when her chef resigned and took all the prized recipes with her.

    UPDATE: Lawsuit settled...

    Well, this takes the cake. Or in this case, the cinnamon muffin bomb.

    Evanston establishment Fraiche Bakery Café is filing suit against a chef who resigned two weeks ago, and then returned days later to scoop up two binders containing the recipes for cupcakes and the restaurant's signature dish, the cinnamon bomb. Once Owner Susan Davis Friedman realized the recipes were missing, she filed a lawsuit against the chef.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that Friedman, "maintains the recipes are restaurant property, items developed by the chef and her assistants during the three and a half years since Fraiche opened in the site of the former Kim’s Bakery."

    Friedman's attorney and husband, Benson Friedman, of course, maintains that the recipes are Fraiche's property -- citing a non-disclosure agreement as the chef's alleged downfall if they will attempt anything with said recipes. 

    David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.