Hi - first off - sorry about the typo in the title.. (Fixed it for you) I own a small food business that's been very successful in our market. I hired my chef and he developed all recipes while being paid by me, working at our place. He had previously written down- at my request for need of redundancy - Some of our recipes, but they are dated, and many are missing, the recipie evolved etc. He's now leaving to moving away to another state due to his wife's job, he's now being asked to document all recipes. The issue: I'm being asked for 6.4 thousand dollars for 32 recipes and methodology - which will comprise all the elements to our handful of different dishes . I offered to comp him for the hours it would take (at his normal pay rate) to put what's in his head, down onto paper. He says the recipes are his property and wants to sell back to me instead. One of his professors at A I had asked him, "What are you going to Do with your recipes (upon leaving)- you can't just give them away.." He says it's common place for chefs to get paid - up to $200/recipie. I said, "if you were a scientist at Pfizer, and came up with the formula for a cure for cancer while on their Salary - do you think You'd own the formula or Pfizer? They aren't going to buy the formula from you. It's theirs." I'm not even asking that he Not use them elsewhere when he moves - though that would be nice. I'm asking that I SHOULD get the info that's in his head, so we can continue to be at the top of our game. Who is right here? How often are chef's paid out for recipes in their head? Under what circumstance are they paid for, or not. - wouldn't they be only comped on special recipes they had and are bringing to the table to use, not ones developed on the company dime? I'm open to being wrong on this one.. but I just want to know honestly what the story is - since this is my first food business. Again - I'd pay him @ salary for his time to put them down on paper. Seems like that's documentation that should have been done through the course of work anyhow..