Skip to comments.Celeb Chef -- Too Busy for 'Make-A-Wish' Kid (Barefoot Contessa)
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 ...
My wife USED to watch that show all the time. I can promise you she won’t watch it ever again.
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!
You’d think they would jump at the chance to make it into a special episode.
I’d rather have Miss DeLaurentis.
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.
Her only excuse for missing this is if her own child was dying in bed that day.
What a pig.
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.
In many, many ways....
You caught my wave.
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.
The woman lives in the Hamptons and calls herself a contessa. Enough said.
We like the Food Channel and have seen her show a few times. She strikes us as a snooty liberal.
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.
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.
Kids in the Make A Wish system don’t have “expectations”.
It should be an honor to be selected as a child’s “wish”. Shame on Ina.
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.
No matter how busy you are anyone with a heart would find an hour or two for a very sick child that idolizes you.
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