Momofuku’s David Chang Accuses Starbucks of Copying His Restaurant’s Recipes

12/07/2015 at 02:51 PM ET

Eric Stringer/Getty; Starbucks
Eric Stringer/Getty; Starbucks

David Chang has a bone to pick with a certain giant coffee house.

The Momofuku chef is accusing Starbucks of copying recipes from his restaurant group’s sister bakery founded by Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar.

“Are you f****** serious ‪@Starbucks? Didn’t know your [research and development] team only reads ‪@milkbarstore cookbook,” he captioned a Twitter photo on Friday of two treats available at the sweet shop, which opened in 2008.

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David Chang/Twitter

David Chang/Twitter

Though he doesn’t directly point out which Starbucks menu items he’s referring to, it’s easy to see the similarities in Tosi’s cream cheese-stuffed Bagel Bombs and the coffee chain’s new Bantam Bagel Balls.

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The bakery’s Cereal Milk can also be compared to Starbuck’s newly released Toasted Graham Latte, which was developed to mimic the “delicious leftovers in your breakfast bowl,” according to the company’s R&D Manager Yoke Wong.

Chang finished his tweet by asking Starbucks to “pick on someone else.”

In response to the controversy, a representative for Starbucks told PEOPLE, “As part of a larger effort to offer locally relevant products Starbucks began offering Bantam Bagels in 30 New York stores last June. Due to positive customer response the test recently expanded to 515 Starbucks locations in New York City, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Jenna on

Is it just me or does this guy look like a fatter version of Jon Gosselin??

Anonymous on

David Chang – it definitely kinda sucks that it looks like Starbucks is copying you but remember imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!! Keep it up and keep killin it!!

annna on

Starbucks does this all the time. The original cereal milk will always be the best, though.

Melissa on

The bantam bagel Balls were not developed by Starbuck’s. They have a shop in NYC, and were also on Shark Tank and are sold on QVC. Starbucks just started carrying them. So, they didn’t copy anyone on that item.

Jen on

Bantam bagels were on shark tank and grew from there…. Not sure Starbucks is the one to blame?

Truth Teller on

Starbucks indeed may have lifted the cereal milk recipe (and the graham latte is disgusting), but Bantam Bagels was a company featured on Shark Tank and its principals made a deal with Starbucks.

Anonymous on

I hate Starbucks. I root for anyone that opposes them.

Austin Cramer on

As someone who attended elementary school with David Chang, I will be boycotting Starbucks forthwith.

sososad on

Get over yourself, Chang! This is the same guy who thinks he invented spicy, fried chicken.

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