"Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr: Content Thief Extraordinaire

Well, it looks like I’ve finally made the big time. (j/k) I’ve joined such illustrious bloggers like Pim and Haalo (two of my favorites, btw) in getting my content stolen by one “Chef” Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. I don’t know whether to be pissed or flattered, really. I mean, it’s not even a good picture, compared to some others on my site. I checked his site closely after Haalo made a post about 4 or 5 other instances of his fraud/theft.

He stole my picture of the rum cake I made last year, from this post. And the funny thing? After I made a comment about the pic on Haalo’s entry, my pic disappeared off of his site (without even a “by your leave” or apology – it’s OK since I hate insincere apologies anyway, and since he’s a serial content thief). Too bad for him that I took a screen shot of the offending entry on his site before posting the comment:

While I would expect this kind of nonsense from your run of the mill Google Ad spammer, I hate to say that I expected more from someone who is supposedly a Kansas City institution, and who obviously has more training than I do. You have an entire restaurant and staff at your disposal, ingredients to make your own awesome dishes, and you resort to stealing a recipe for rum cake that uses a boxed cake mix? Really?

With so much to lose (a restaurant, work w/ the media (a radio show, regular media coverage), I wonder about his motivations – is ganking a bunch of pictures from food bloggers really worth if it costs you your reputation, that you’ve obviously put a lot of work into building? I guess the one thing Jasper doesn’t realize is that us bloggers communicate virally – and in an industry where your business is affected by public perception, do you really want to earn a reputation as a talentless hack who can’t generate their own content? I didn’t think so.

So, to be honest, I’m more confused than pissed. And just wanted to give a heads up to any of you other food bloggers to check his archives and see if any of your pics have been ganked as well. I never thought mine would be, let alone be among the most excellent (and professional looking) ones he took from others.

PS – I guess fraud runs in the family, according to this document. Judging by the date, I can see the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree (looks like it’s dad, not Jr.) and he comes by his dishonesty honestly.

PPS – He’s made his blog “invite only” now – guess he wanted to get that baby offline before more examples of his photo theft came to light. Too bad there are cached pages floating around the internet, huh?

2 thoughts on “"Chef" Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr: Content Thief Extraordinaire

  1. Joel

    Man! This guy steals from EVERYONE! Pim posted yesterday, Last Night Dinner’s writer got it today, and now you! I hope you can call into his radio show on Saturday… and raise hell!

    Also, you’re an Linux user?!? You just doubled your awesomeness in my mind if this is true (let it be)…

    Also happy birthday!

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