Chef settles on books deal

Celebrity chef and Sydney breakfast czar Bill Granger has settled a lawsuit against his former publisher over two unauthorised cookbooks.

Granger, who built his fortune on scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes, sued Murdoch Books in May after the publication of Best of Bill: The Ultimate Collection of Bill Granger’s Recipes and Bill Cooks for Kids.

Granger owns restaurants in Sydney and Japan and last year opened an eatery in London’s Notting Hill.

The Federal Court heard the chef and the publisher had worked together to produce a series of successful cookbooks, including Bill’s Food and Simply Bill. But after the relationship ended, Murdoch published two cookbooks under the Granger banner with a compilation of recipes from previous books.

Granger sued for copyright infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct.

He sought damages, an account of profits, acknowledgement of misleading conduct and a public apology.

Granger also demanded the publisher hand over copies of the books.

But in a judgement published last week, the Federal Court heard the two parties had since reached an agreement.

Murdoch Books will pay Granger an undisclosed sum of money.

They will also pay the chef and his companies 18.5 per cent of revenue from the two printed cookbooks from publication until September 4.

Granger will also get 25 per cent of payments from sales of the e-books.

Murdoch has already agreed to pay Granger more than $60,000, which will be deducted from the payouts.

Justice Anna Katzmann took note of the agreement between Granger and the publishing house.

She dismissed the proceedings but ordered that Granger could return to court if Murdoch Books failed to comply with the agreement. Natasha Rudra

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