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23 June 2020 18:31

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Rick Stein has been mercilessly ribbed online for accusing Sainsbury's of copying his blue and white plate. The TV chef went as far as to question the supermarket's 'integrity' and revealed he had contacted the company's lawyers over the alleged plagiarism. He posted a picture of Sainsbury's Coastline plates beside his own Coves of Cornwall range, which both feature a deep blue wavy design. But rather than rallying round the restaurateur, social media mocked him for crying plagiarism, with one person tweeting: 'Their blue bit is on the bottom, yours is on top.' Rick Stein went as far as to question the supermarket's 'integrity' and revealed he had contacted the company's lawyers over the alleged plagiarism Stein was mercilessly ribbed online for accusing Sainsbury's of copying his blue and white plate Stein, 73, this morning tweeted: 'I thought Sainsbury's had integrity, so a shock to see their summer tableware called Coastline. "Absolutely not" said their solicitors.

Rick Stein is mocked after accusing Sainsbury's of stealing his design for a blue and white plate

Sainsbury's a coincidence do you think?' Johnny Sharples, posted a picture of the Blackburn Rovers FC blue and white strip and said: 'I thought Blackburn Rovers had integrity, so a shock to see their 2019/20 kit. 'Surely a copy of your Coves of Cornwall? "Absolutely not" said Umbro. Your Coves was designed by Falmouth Art students 4 years ago. Blackburn Rovers a coincidence what do you think?' It provoked a hilarious reaction from people who raised eyebrows over whether someone should have ownership of the simple blue and white design One person tweeted a quick sketch of a woman and tweeted: 'Rick, to illustrate how similar those two plates are I've just reproduced the Mona Lisa.' Neil Jarman quipped: 'Are your plates upside down Rick,' while another joked: 'It's a blue and white plate Rick.' On his website, Stein advertises a set of four Coves of Cornwall plates for £57, whereas four Coastline dishes can be bought for less than £8 in Sainsbury's. Sainsbury's did not immediately reply to MailOnline's request for comment. Stein this week announced that two of his restaurants would not be reopening after lockdown. The restaurants in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and Porthleven, Cornwall, will now be permanently closed, he said in a statement.