Food Network is now facing a lawsuit involving "Private Chefs of Beverly Hills," a new reality show set in the glamorous settings of its moniker that debuted on April 9 of this year. The plaintiff is Private Chefs, Inc., claiming that the new series not only violates their trademarked company name, but also violates creative property rights.
Private Chefs, Inc. claims that Food Network's new show is a rip-off of a sales pitch dating back to 2002. The actual company featured in the new series is Big City Chefs, a group of high-end caterers that are filmed in outrageous settings, hosting Botox parties and pampering guests at a doggie spa, for example. Private Chefs also demands that the show's second season be removed from the air -- and time is running short, since the Season 2 premiere is set to air on October 12.
However, Food Network responded by assuring that the name of the show falls under free speech, and that any creative rights were signed away during the pitching process. They feel they do not need to remove the series because the signed waivers are a protection from such injunctions.