The Julia Child Foundation has sued Airbnb for using her name and likeness to promote a stay at her former vacation cottage in Provence without prior permission.
In May, Airbnb listed one of its most exciting foodie offerings — the opportunity to cook and stay at culinary icon Julia Child's idyllic summer cottage, La Pitchoune, in Provence, France.
Filed on 22 June in the California Superior Court in Santa Barbara County, the complaint focuses on Airbnb's promotional campaign last month to give away a free stay at "the former home of Julia Child" where guests can "comb over knick knacks in her kitchen exactly as she left them" among other things.
The online listing for La Pitchoune also describes the property as a "Foodie Paradise" and the "former home of Paul and Julia Child".
Child's kitchen cabinets, appliances and other contents from her Cambridge, Massachusetts home were donated to and reassembled at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
It also includes some famous quotes about cooking from the famed chef as well.