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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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46.

kelly    

Everyone in Canada knows he's a mooch and pig! just look at what he did to his ex wife! ....who by the way had her cooking show first and is an actual cook.

240 days ago
47.

karri    

Chopped Canada needs a new host ASAP.. I am a Chopped fan but I will not be watching because of Dean.. He has no morals or values, and has messed up all of those kids' lives. His oldest now has to go through another scandal.. He needs to grow up and start acting like a man..

240 days ago
48.

Rat    

I met one of Dean and Tori's nannies when i went on a cheap off season vacay (late august wha wha!!!!) to mexico like 3 or 4 years ago. She told me that the Macdermott Spelling children eat McDonald's every day for every meal. She apparently had tried making lunch for the kids when she first started working in the house and was promptly shut down by a co-worker who informed her that if it didn't come from the golden arches, it will not be consumed..... just sayin

240 days ago
49.

FloBee     

Why does he look so uncomfortably awkward? Like you walked up on him while he was slipping drugs into that patty. What a sleaze.

240 days ago
50.

Cindy    

I just tuned on food network hopingh Guy Fierrei was on and seen this boring chopped Canada episoe &noticed that the stupid boring host looked like Tori spellings s***bag pig f'er **** husband! So I wen't online and found out THAT YES i WAS RIGHT!

106 days ago
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