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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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Breaking news s*** happen in Bahrian RIGHT NOW

http://www.abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=233173


51 posted on 03/25/2011 2:54:06 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Daffynition
Isn’t her hubby on Madison Avenue...doesn’t he have any PR experience.?

From the looks of him, he works at night with a carry along mattress.

There's probably no chrome on any of their trailer hitches.
Practice, practice, practice.

52 posted on 03/25/2011 2:55:40 PM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: ChuckHam

I like Food Network but not her show.Just somethign about her bothers me.I can’t udnerstadn how m=anyone couldn’t take a little time out to meet the kid? Even if she didn’t have time to cook she could always bring the food and meet him for 1/2 an hour?


53 posted on 03/25/2011 3:04:43 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: inflorida

She is getting ripped several *new ones* on the FN blogs.

Write to the FN sponsors.

http://www.foodnetworkstore.com


54 posted on 03/25/2011 3:19:57 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: EvasiveManuever
Generally, I like the cooking shows and some of the HGTV decorating shows...but turn them off the moment some ghey is on [which is a lot lately]. These networks are shoving the ghey lifestyle down our throats [NPI] and condoning it.

**WE know what you like!**

Mike Holmes SAVE US!

[If someone tells me Mike Holmes is ghey, i"m going to kill myself with pneumatic nail gun!]

55 posted on 03/25/2011 3:34:29 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: GnL
And it is up to the kids’ parents to moderate the kids’ expectations.

Give me a break. It's not like he wished for a trip to the moon.

56 posted on 03/25/2011 3:43:14 PM PDT by RoseyT
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To: inflorida
We're told Enzo has now made a new wish -- he wants to swim with dolphins ... and he's already taking lessons to make his dream come true.

The dolphins have more class than Ina.

57 posted on 03/25/2011 3:44:56 PM PDT by RoseyT
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To: SIDENET

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America
Ina Garten Statement

PHOENIX ­(March 25, 2011) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation has a very strong working relationship with Ina Garten, a celebrity wish granter who has generously made herself available to grant a wish in the past. Ina is a good friend of the Foundation and we are grateful to her for her support of our mission.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. From time to time, planning for wishes doesn’t turn out as originally envisioned, despite people’s best intentions and efforts. In such cases, the Foundation is committed to working with the wish child and family to grant another wish.

Each wish we grant requires extensive support from many people, and we respect that no individual has an unlimited capacity to grant children’s wishes on demand.

We regard the planning of wishes as a private process among the parties involved. Thus we cannot respond to questions about any particular wish in progress.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the wish-granting process, or how they can help, are encouraged to visit wish.org.


58 posted on 03/25/2011 4:45:33 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
She stepped in poop, and now she's discovered that she doesn't like the smell.

When you're a public personality, you have to be aware of these things, and you just have to be wondering what she was thinking.

She's in damage control mode now because this story is rampant on the internet. Her publicist probably scribbled this statement out after seeing the commotion and peeing his or her pants. Just do a google search. Has she done requests in the past? Well, according to her statement she has. However, it isn't the ones you grant that'll haunt you. It's the ones you don't. PR wise, this was a no-brainer. Now, she's Ina, the heartless monster who won't grant a wish to a 6-year-old fan who is dying of cancer.

59 posted on 03/25/2011 5:06:07 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET

I bet she doesn’t even cook - but has underlings do her work for her.

She supports Planned Parenthood for God’s sake! She’s a pig.


60 posted on 03/25/2011 5:16:27 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: Mandingo Conservative
She supports Planned Parenthood for God’s sake!

That alone is enough for me.

61 posted on 03/25/2011 5:19:42 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Lessthantolerant
Typical liberal, all talk and no action.

To Liberals, compassion is the government's job.

62 posted on 03/25/2011 5:21:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SIDENET

She did a whole show for the Save the Hamptons Foundation - to preserver overpriced real estate for the wealthy. sold the meals for $100K a plate. She can cook with a kid. It won’t kill her. If she didn’t do charities, I might understand. But, promoting her own non-sympathetic ghey charities and turning down a kid is bad PR. Very bad.

I believe she’ll live to the fruits she has sown.


63 posted on 03/25/2011 7:12:05 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Mandingo Conservative

>>She’s a pig.<<

From another news source:

According to TMZ, Food Network host Ina Garten turned down meeting the same six-year-old Make-a-Wish kid twice, citing scheduling conflicts (he’s diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). The Make-A-Wish foundation “noted that Ina is a ‘good friend’ of the foundation,” however. The kid’s going with his second choice: swimming with dolphins.


64 posted on 03/25/2011 7:19:36 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: inflorida

I worked in a university children’s hospital. This story made me cry. I also just realized my youngest daughter shares the same name as a relative that died of cancer at age 4 that I spent much time praying for. For the people that give Ina a pass, I say go visit a children’s hospital then see if you feel the same way. She was asked twice over a 2 year period and couldn’t find time. I hardly consider that a shake down. What kind of evil person essentially flips off a dying child and can’t spend a few minutes with them? Ina, news flash: there’s plenty of fire to cook on in hell. You’ll be right at home.


65 posted on 03/25/2011 9:19:37 PM PDT by pops88
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To: inflorida
LatestFood Network star Beau MacMillan and "Iron Chef" Michael Symon are both reaching out to 6-year-old Enzo ... hoping they can fill the void Garten left after she turned down the kid's "wish" to cook a meal together.

In fact, MacMillan tells us he's ready to fly Enzo and his entire family out to Arizona STAT -- put them up in a fancy resort and treat them all to a VIP dinner at his 5-star restaurant.

MacMillan says he also wants to bring Enzo into the kitchen so they can prepare the meal together.

As for Symon -- the chef tells us he'll be in Enzo's home state of Oregon in the very near future and would be more than happy to swing by Enzo's house to "cook a dish" with him too.

66 posted on 03/26/2011 12:57:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: GnL
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.

She's a childless broad, who does fundraisers for Planned Parenthood and does private cooking parties all the time with a bunch of lefties where she lives in the Hamptons.

In other words she's someone that you or I probably couldn't spend 5 minutes with without wanting to wrap our hands around her throat. I say "bash away".

67 posted on 03/26/2011 9:17:09 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
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?

The vast, vast majority of "celebrities" are our ideological enemies. You should take any opportunity you can to tear down your enemies.

68 posted on 03/26/2011 9:21:59 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: inflorida

Karma for desert.


69 posted on 03/26/2011 9:23:09 PM PDT by Crawdad
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To: inflorida

Karma for desert.


70 posted on 03/26/2011 9:23:13 PM PDT by Crawdad
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
And the organization should not bad mouth this chef or leak damaging information—that just hurts the program.

Of course they should. That's how you get what you want. You squeeze some nuts.

Celebrities make they're living off their image. It's not like any of her fans will ever taste this woman's food. She makes her money of off the personality they project onto her.

Let her serve as a warning to other celebrities.

71 posted on 03/26/2011 9:26:07 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: EvasiveManuever
Gads. You guys don’t even know who your enemies are.

No kidding. And conservatives wonder why we have lost almost every battle for 100 years. Most don't have the kill instinct like the left does.

We know that almost all trial lawyer sharks are leftists. It's their authoritarian personalities that drew them to the left, not their politics. People have the cause and effect backwards there.

72 posted on 03/26/2011 9:33:02 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: iowamark
the kid’s family going to the press to attempt to smear her is really tacky.

I totally agree. The woman has the right to say no.

She has done nothing wrong, nothing bad, nothing immoral. Garten must receive dozens of charity requests. There is no way she can do them all. What makes The Make a Wish Foundation so special that they can't be refused?
73 posted on 03/27/2011 8:23:32 AM PDT by redheadtoo
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To: triumphant values

Why didn’t she just invite the young boy to her swanky Hampton $100,000/plate charity event then? To whom much is given, much is expected. Apparently she hasn’t learned this.

She couldn’t find time? She couldn’t have him join her on one of her shows? She couldn’t even find the time to do a video for him?

She’s just a silly chef. She’s not a brain surgeon, heart surgeon or president of the US. She’s just a chef, and she couldn’t carve any time away from “food” to spend time with a sick child?

Really? I don’t care if you’ve raised 20 mil for charities. The measure of one’s character is not what we do when people are watching, but what we do when no one is looking.

Kudos to Michael Symon and Beau MacMillan for stepping up and offering. I’m sure they’re both much busier than she is, and they’re willing to find the time.

If Bill Gates can find time for a MAW child, I’m more than certain this woman could have.

No one demanded she be a “celeb” chef. She chose it. With that comes a heightened level of expectations. If you’re not prepared to meet those expectations, then be prepared to suffer the consequences.

Someone who plays with food for a living that can’t find time for a sick boy’s request is someone who has an overinflated sense of their own self importance.

The FN should cut the “Contessa” loose.


74 posted on 03/27/2011 9:06:31 AM PDT by No One Important
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To: iowamark
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago. Supposedly this disease has an 80% cure rate in children.........If it was discovered three years ago then perhaps the child is holding his own and has a good prognosis for recovery.

With that being said, I agree with you. The family or MAW foundation had no business attempting to blackmail the celebrity chef......

You ask someone for a favor and if they grant it, fine. If not, you ask someone else.......I'm sure she's not the first individual unable to accomodate the MAW foundation.

75 posted on 03/27/2011 9:35:49 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Daffynition
The kid’s going with his second choice: swimming with dolphins.

Scaling it down from whale to dolphins. ;) Seriously, awaiting the full story here and can understand that not every celebrity can accomodate every such charity wish (especially those in high demand such as certain sports stars). Yet have a hard time buying that this chef is in that kind of demand and can't fulfill such a request. At the least, she should have found it in herself to send him a thank you/inspirational note/vid message and some brownies, donate a few bucks toward leukemia causes (perhaps someone should've told her it was for a Dem campaign instead), etc.

That said, whoever brought this to the press (parents, MAW foundation, other), shouldn't have.

76 posted on 03/28/2011 5:03:54 PM PDT by Moonlighter (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: Moonlighter
Looks as if the whale tried to breech her dilemma today.
77 posted on 03/28/2011 7:13:28 PM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition

Megyn Kelly just said they are having the story on shortly, LOL.
Sounds like Ina got leaned on by her Food Network bosses or publishing house!
But I do think it was wrong of the mom to blog about it.


78 posted on 03/29/2011 9:59:34 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: GnuHere

From the article it seemed the mom was surprised how much play the story received.


79 posted on 03/29/2011 11:30:26 AM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: inflorida
Two things: First of all, she's Martha Stewart's best friend.

Secondly, I have it on very good authority (from medical personnel who work at Loma Linda University in California) that "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" chef Guy Fieri received a similar request from a child and stayed in his room for hours. He requested no publicity.

Enough said, as far as I am concerned.

80 posted on 03/31/2011 7:42:39 PM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: GnuHere
But I do think it was wrong of the mom to blog about it.

Why?

81 posted on 03/31/2011 7:45:23 PM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Hoodat
this guy would have probably gladly done it ,too.


82 posted on 04/16/2011 3:46:38 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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