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Celeb Chef -- Too Busy for 'Make-A-Wish' Kid (Barefoot Contessa)
TMZ ^ | March 25, 2011 | TMZ Staff

Posted on 03/25/2011 1:15:17 PM PDT by inflorida

The Make-a-Wish Foundation had to break some bad news to a 6-year-old cancer patient this week ... when Food Network star Ina Garten informed them she was too busy to cook a meal with the boy ... TMZ has learned.

A family member involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation tells us ... a little boy named Enzo was approached by the organization after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago.

Enzo told Make-A-Wish ... he really wanted to cook with the "Barefoot Contessa" host because he would often watch the show with his mother while resting in bed.

M.A.W. approached Garten with the wish last year ... but at the time, she was unable to meet with Enzo due to a book tour. The organization urged Enzo to pick another wish, but he told them he wanted to wait until she becomes available.

We're told the organization went back to Ina this year ... but her team responded with a "definite no" ... once again, citing scheduling conflicts.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: barefootcontessa; makeawish
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1 posted on 03/25/2011 1:15:23 PM PDT by inflorida
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To: inflorida

My wife USED to watch that show all the time. I can promise you she won’t watch it ever again.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 1:18:07 PM PDT by ChuckHam
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To: inflorida

Poor sweetheart! The only reason I have ever wanted to be someone with a public talent or wealth is so I can help people on a one on one basis, like this. I know if I were a celebrity chef, I would make time. For shame!


3 posted on 03/25/2011 1:19:39 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: ChuckHam

You’d think they would jump at the chance to make it into a special episode.

idiots.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 1:19:44 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: inflorida

I’d rather have Miss DeLaurentis.


5 posted on 03/25/2011 1:20:41 PM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: inflorida

I don’t know anything about Ina Garten, but the kid’s family going to the press to attempt to smear her is really tacky.


6 posted on 03/25/2011 1:22:14 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: inflorida

Her only excuse for missing this is if her own child was dying in bed that day.

What a pig.


7 posted on 03/25/2011 1:22:42 PM PDT by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: inflorida

Sweet, and mostly sad. I would twist myself in knots to make this happen. I am not a celebrity chef but I have 5 decades of cooking experience and do some really good stuff. I would use my own resources to travel and cook with this kid.


8 posted on 03/25/2011 1:24:45 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Perdogg

In many, many ways....


9 posted on 03/25/2011 1:26:48 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

You caught my wave.


10 posted on 03/25/2011 1:28:17 PM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: inflorida

Couldn’t the miserable bitch or her publicist have rearranged her schedule to accommodate this wish?

I can assure you that I will *never* watch her show again.


11 posted on 03/25/2011 1:29:16 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: inflorida

The woman lives in the Hamptons and calls herself a contessa. Enough said.


12 posted on 03/25/2011 1:31:17 PM PDT by Wiser now (Liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.)
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To: inflorida

We like the Food Channel and have seen her show a few times. She strikes us as a snooty liberal.


13 posted on 03/25/2011 1:32:56 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: inflorida

Maybe she really was busy. It’s easy for non-celebs to question the lives of those in the spotlight. Make A Wish may be a great organization, but they shouldn’t use their sympathetic kids to hold celebrities hostage. And it is up to the kids’ parents to moderate the kids’ expectations.


14 posted on 03/25/2011 1:33:25 PM PDT by GnL
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To: iowamark
A family member involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation tells us

I read it as if the family member was a relative of someone at TMZ and that that relative was associated with Make-A-Wish.

15 posted on 03/25/2011 1:33:43 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: GnL

Kids in the Make A Wish system don’t have “expectations”.


16 posted on 03/25/2011 1:36:19 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: 5thGenTexan
I bet this guy would gladly have done it.


17 posted on 03/25/2011 1:37:57 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: inflorida

It should be an honor to be selected as a child’s “wish”. Shame on Ina.


18 posted on 03/25/2011 1:38:55 PM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: dinodino

He must be poor. Ina doesn’t travel within 5 miles of a poor person. She has faaaabulous dinner parties every night with her gay interior design friends in the Hamptons.


19 posted on 03/25/2011 1:39:16 PM PDT by MiltonFriedmanFan
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To: GnL

No matter how busy you are anyone with a heart would find an hour or two for a very sick child that idolizes you.


20 posted on 03/25/2011 1:40:20 PM PDT by inflorida
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To: massgopguy

What does that mean? I know they are sick, but maybe some of them don’t understand the implications of their wishes, in which case the parents need to let them know they may not get their first wish.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 1:41:48 PM PDT by GnL
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To: ChuckHam
I rarely watched her anyway, and I gave up on cooking shows in
general with the constant fawning over BHO & Moochelle.

Now there's another reason to skip over even the listings of the Food Network.

22 posted on 03/25/2011 1:42:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: 5thGenTexan

I think you nailed her well. She’s one of the few on The Food Network that I just can’t watch. She gives me the impression who doesn’t ever smell.


23 posted on 03/25/2011 1:47:31 PM PDT by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: inflorida

Typical liberal, all talk and no action.


24 posted on 03/25/2011 1:48:05 PM PDT by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: inflorida
Even if BC isn't a nice enough gal to cook with the kid, it's really a PR no-brainer:

Really good publicity, or poisonous publicity. The choice is yours, BareFAT C**tessa.

Barefoot Contessa, you're a pig, and you'd better hope that you're never in a situation like the one faced by the kid. Wow, a dying fan, and you essentially flipped him the bird.

Karma's a bitch.

25 posted on 03/25/2011 1:48:05 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: inflorida

I’m guessing something like this takes more than an hour or two. I know the easy position here is to bash anyone who doesn’t do backward somersaults for every person that wants a favor from a celebrity. We really don’t know her reason for turning down the request.


26 posted on 03/25/2011 1:49:23 PM PDT by GnL
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We're told the organization went back to Ina this year ... but her team responded with a "definite no" ... once again, citing scheduling conflicts.

S*** Out Of (Pot) Luck Dinner.

27 posted on 03/25/2011 1:50:53 PM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: inflorida

So? If celebs HAD TO agree to every little tear jerker story they couldn’t possibly fulfill such obligations.


28 posted on 03/25/2011 1:52:06 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: inflorida

It’s hard to believe that someone with a 300 pound heft can be so one dimensional. This comports exactly with my impression of this woman. sd


29 posted on 03/25/2011 1:52:46 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: inflorida

I been on TMZ live right now one of Harvey Levin reporters totally badmouth her LOL!


30 posted on 03/25/2011 1:54:55 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Hoodat
I'd want to cook with Chef Sakai from the original Iron Chef

Infinitely better!


31 posted on 03/25/2011 1:56:13 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: inflorida

This looks like thuggery on the part of the Make-a-Wish foundation. Are they such a sacred cow that they can demand that everyone accede to their requests? They asked a private person to sign on to an act of charity and she Dec.ined, and now they are publicizing this. It doesn’t appear that she backed out of a commitment that she made to them or that she showed any disrespect to the child or the organization.


32 posted on 03/25/2011 2:02:00 PM PDT by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: inflorida

This is a story? Isn’t charity work supposed to be voluntary? Are we going to start smearing celebrities every time they turn down an invitation to appear at a benefit or decline a request for a donation, regardless of how generous they may be with their time and money?

I feel bad for the child, but this has the feel of a shakedown.


33 posted on 03/25/2011 2:02:59 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: GnL
I’m guessing something like this takes more than an hour or two. I know the easy position here is to bash anyone who doesn’t do backward somersaults for every person that wants a favor from a celebrity. We really don’t know her reason for turning down the request.

It's not like she was asked to cancel her vacation to stay home and run a WAR, or anything. NOTHING she does can be that important.

I have seen Make-A-Wish in action, up close and personal. I have witnessed the difference it made in a child's short life. I hope the memory of what she has done haunts her for the rest of her wretched life.

34 posted on 03/25/2011 2:03:36 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: inflorida

Sorry to sound rude, but the “Barefoot Contess” doesn’t have to do this. Personally, I would try to bend over backward if someone from “Make a Wish” asked me to do something and it surprises me that this chef won’t do it, but I’m not going to damn her for it. The parents need to calm down and work with the child to come up with another wish. And the organization should not bad mouth this chef or leak damaging information—that just hurts the program.


35 posted on 03/25/2011 2:04:22 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: inflorida

Sorry to sound rude, but the “Barefoot Contess” doesn’t have to do this. Personally, I would try to bend over backward if someone from “Make a Wish” asked me to do something and it surprises me that this chef won’t do it, but I’m not going to damn her for it. The parents need to calm down and work with the child to come up with another wish. And the organization should not bad mouth this chef or leak damaging information—that just hurts the program.


36 posted on 03/25/2011 2:04:22 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: GnL

Ina Rosenberg Garten also served as hostess of the 16th Annual Hudson Peconic benefit for Planned Parenthood! Nice. Not only is she a pig, but a ghoul!


37 posted on 03/25/2011 2:08:27 PM PDT by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: ChuckHam

My wife attended a trade show in NYC as a member of the media.

She asked “contessa” if she could get a photo with her. Contessa sat behind a table in her trade show booth and said, “just don’t touch my table.” She then refused to look at the camera. She’s a horrible woman - very rude and condescending at events where she is supposed to be promoting herself. I can’t even imagine how bad she is when not on her best behavior.


38 posted on 03/25/2011 2:09:15 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Above My Pay Grade
I feel bad for the child, but this has the feel of a shakedown.

i agree. publicising that a celebrity wouldn't let herself be forced or guilted into making a appearance for a kid is tacky. sorry kid, not all wishes come true, ESPECIALLY when they involve someone else's time and free will.

to all those demonising this woman- do YOU jump to help with EVERY charity that comes by?
39 posted on 03/25/2011 2:11:10 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: iowamark

The press is going after her (Ina Garten) because she’s an awful rude person who mistreats the media worse than she abuses her fans.


40 posted on 03/25/2011 2:11:14 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: inflorida

If you go to
barefootcontessa.com
scroll to the bottom and click on “contact us”
She answers the email she gets.

Start emailing her sponsors and cc her to them.

She’ll cave in a veil of crocodile tears.

Isn’t her hubby on Madison Avenue...doesn’t he have any PR experience.?


41 posted on 03/25/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: inflorida

Don’t know the situation, don’t know the reasons why she would choose to decline, can’t make a judgment on that.

But making this a public matter is wrong. Unless there was a solid commitment and then a breach of one’s word, then no one should have know about it beyond those directly involved.

It’s none of the world’s business.


42 posted on 03/25/2011 2:13:14 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: inflorida

She’s an elitist lib. Her husband is a professor at NYU which should be telling. Her friends are all gay which also says a lot. She’s a bloated, fat fag hag that has no sympathy for the sick. They just take up space in her world.


43 posted on 03/25/2011 2:30:16 PM PDT by albie
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Maybe she would of cooked for him if the kid was a gay floral designer!


44 posted on 03/25/2011 2:30:47 PM PDT by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: GnL
After all, how important can the last wish of a dying child be when compared to an hour or two of the time of a self proclaimed “contessa”?
45 posted on 03/25/2011 2:38:04 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: ChuckHam

Don’t you people know she’s a lefitst TWA.?

One of the worst.

Gads. You guys don’t even know who your enemies are.


46 posted on 03/25/2011 2:38:06 PM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: iowamark

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_OAh4Xl94vrU/SmaIYvjnPiI/AAAAAAAALvE/ZOZhgiYCfV0/s400/DSC_0024a.JPG

Originally employed as a low-level government aide, Ina Garten climbed the political ladder to the Office of Management and Budget and was assigned the position of budget analyst, which entailed writing the nuclear energy budget and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Garten left her government job in 1978 after spotting an ad for a 400-square-foot specialty food store in Westhampton Beach, New York. The store was named Barefoot Contessa. “My job in Washington was intellectually exciting and stimulating but it wasn’t me at all,” she told The New York Times four years later. She made a hasty decision to purchase the store after traveling to view it, and moved to New York to assume ownership and management. The store had been named by its original owner in tribute to the 1954 film starring Ava Gardner; Garten kept the name when she took over, as it meshed well with her idea of an “elegant but earthy” lifestyle.

Her husband, Jeffrey Garten, went on to become the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade in the Clinton administration from 1995 to 2005 and dean of the Yale School of Management. He is now the Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business at Yale. He can also frequently be seen on her cooking show, assisting his wife with simple tasks or sampling the dishes she has created.

After Johns Hopkins, Garten worked in the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. He then went on to Wall Street, becoming a managing director of Lehman Brothers[1] and the Blackstone Group. At Lehman, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America. He also lived in Tokyo and directed and expanded the Asian investment banking business for that firm. At Blackstone he worked in the financial advisory and mergers and acquisitions arena.

The Gartens live in Southport, Connecticut, and East Hampton, New York.

They divide their time between Manhattan, East Hampton, and Paris.


47 posted on 03/25/2011 2:45:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 5thGenTexan

She’s one of the worst.

Surrounded by a lot of people who are in the fudge packing business.


48 posted on 03/25/2011 2:45:26 PM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: sbMKE

Someone, somewhere - needs to be making a list.
One day. One day.

Although I imagine He already is.
I can only hope we humans lack infinite patience.


49 posted on 03/25/2011 2:51:01 PM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: iowamark

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_OAh4Xl94vrU/SmaIYvjnPiI/AAAAAAAALvE/ZOZhgiYCfV0/s400/DSC_0024a.JPG

Originally employed as a low-level government aide, Ina Garten climbed the political ladder to the Office of Management and Budget and was assigned the position of budget analyst, which entailed writing the nuclear energy budget and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Garten left her government job in 1978 after spotting an ad for a 400-square-foot specialty food store in Westhampton Beach, New York. The store was named Barefoot Contessa. “My job in Washington was intellectually exciting and stimulating but it wasn’t me at all,” she told The New York Times four years later. She made a hasty decision to purchase the store after traveling to view it, and moved to New York to assume ownership and management. The store had been named by its original owner in tribute to the 1954 film starring Ava Gardner; Garten kept the name when she took over, as it meshed well with her idea of an “elegant but earthy” lifestyle.

Her husband, Jeffrey Garten, went on to become the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade in the Clinton administration from 1995 to 2005 and dean of the Yale School of Management. He is now the Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business at Yale. He can also frequently be seen on her cooking show, assisting his wife with simple tasks or sampling the dishes she has created.

After Johns Hopkins, Garten worked in the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. He then went on to Wall Street, becoming a managing director of Lehman Brothers[1] and the Blackstone Group. At Lehman, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America. He also lived in Tokyo and directed and expanded the Asian investment banking business for that firm. At Blackstone he worked in the financial advisory and mergers and acquisitions arena.

The Gartens live in Southport, Connecticut, and East Hampton, New York.

They divide their time between Manhattan, East Hampton, and Paris.


50 posted on 03/25/2011 2:52:49 PM PDT by kcvl
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