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Dean McDermott

Accused of Royally Screwing Cooking Staff

1/23/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tori Spelling
is not the only one who got the shaft from Dean McDermott ... we're told he has stiffed the people who created his new cookbook, even though he got tons of money for the project.

Dean currently hosts a show in Canada -- the Canadian version of the U.S. show "Chopped" and it's doing well in no small part because of his domestic issues. So Harlequin publishing company decided to make a cookbook deal with him.

So Dean authored a book called "The Gourmet Dad" -- a personal account of a guy's guy who cooks for his family.

Sources connected with the cookbook tell TMZ ... Dean received an advance of more than $250,000 from Harlequin, but part of that money was for Dean to cover all expenses.  When it came to paying the people who worked on the book, however, it was a very different story.

We're told Dean stiffed the following people:

-- Photographer ... $33,319.80
-- Food Stylist ... $14,648.74
-- Prop stylist ... $6,609.91
-- Canadian taxes ... $6,613.40

The people Dean stiffed say they've called him repeatedly and sent him emails and texts but he's blown them off.

Staffers -- many of whom work on "Chopped" -- are indignant, because they let Dean live in their homes for free during the book and show projects and fed him gratis. 

Now they call him "The biggest mooch in Toronto."

The next move, we're told is a lawsuit.  And they have an ace in the hole ... the photog wants an injunction, preventing Dean from using his pics until he's paid.

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Minnetonka40    

The bottom line is Tori and Dean have 4 kids who are going to lose out. Also, Dean has one almost grown who grew up with an absantee father. At least these kids will be well provided for and Tori has plenty of help from nannies. Most kids aren't that lucky. I want to feel bad for Tori but it must of crossed her mind how they initially came together but of course she must of felt like most people do in the beginning-that love will conquer all. It's true what they say..You reap what you sew and karma will always come back and bite you in the butt. I have a feeling Tori will be fine although it could be a little hard to find a new guy willing to take on 4 very young kids that aren't his even as a step father. Maybe Tori should take the next 10 years and just concentrate on her career and being a mom. If she does that she will be ok.

238 days ago
17.

♥TMZ but ...    

how is this douchebag even famous ???

238 days ago
18.

Nicole84    

Breaking News.Justin Bieber just got arrested in Miami for drag racing. When is going 2 slow down?

238 days ago
19.

Cran    

When so many talented folks out there it always astonishes me that someone like Dean has a cooking show, a cookbook.Clearly none of it has any integrity at all it is cobbled together for money and the moment.

238 days ago
20.

aemish    

uggh! I can't believe I rooted for this shmuck on Celebrity Cook Off!

238 days ago
21.

Yurra Knutz    

Lawsuit or... Nicky Bats Dept Collection

238 days ago
22.

RaineeDrops    

the sick sense of entitlement....pay those who deserve to be paid for what they did for you

This life is not about your self promotion.

Those you owe make their livelihood out of the services they provided you.

How would you like it if you were not paid for what you do. What is it you do again?

238 days ago
23.

Tammy    

What's this TMZ a new Canadian douche series first Bieber and now Dean. Oh this guy is just plain creepy I won't watch anything with him in it, I hope his cookbook flops and that all these people sue him big time. He shouldn't be famous he should be picking up garbage for a living.

238 days ago
24.

Sheryl    

Excuse me? Did you say 14k for a "food stylist"?. For arranging food on a plate?? Just WHO is ripping WHO off in this scenario?

Obviously I'm in the wrong industry. "rolls eyes"

238 days ago
25.

cenobite    

Chopped Canada is a joke that i'll never watch.

238 days ago
26.

Jamey Hunter    

Things will only get worse for this dipstick.

238 days ago
27.

e33    

Loser tattoo. How pathetic. Whoops!

"Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD."
-Lev 19:28

238 days ago
28.

Simone    

HEY CANADA ~ We'll trade you back Justin Dweiber for this shmuck.

238 days ago
29.

Sandra     

Loser!!

238 days ago
30.

DQuaid    

33 grand for some photo's? I don't think so pal, that's ridiculous.

238 days ago
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