Make-A-Wish Kid Snubbed by Barefoot Contessa; Two Food Network Chefs (One Is Beau MacMillan) Come to the Rescue

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Update: Barefoot Contessa Agrees (Finally) to Meet Make-A-Wish Kid

Enzo, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with life-threatening leukemia, wanted to spend an hour or two of the few he might have left with his idol, Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa (bed-ridden, he watches her Food Network show with his mom). But when the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked Garten if she could make Enzo's dying wish come true, she said "no" -- twice.

WTF? As the clear front runner for 2011's Worst Person of the Year, Garten was reported by TMZ as saying the first refusal was due to a book tour and the second was simply "a definite no" due to "scheduling conflicts."

Enzo was reportedly heartbroken by Garten's refusal and had to change his dream to swimming with dolphins. That was before two Food Network chefs (one, local celebu-chef Beau MacMillan) stepped up to offer their services in her stead.

Beau Mac has said he'll fly Enzo and his family to Arizona immediately, putting them up at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and then treating them to a VIP dinner at MacMillan's restaurant, elements, where he can bring Enzo into the kitchen so they can prepare the meal together.

Iron Chef Michael Symon said he'll be in Enzo's home state of Oregon soon and would be happy to stop by his house to cook a dish with the young gourmand.

Thanks to chefs Beau MacMillan and Michael Symon, our faith in humanity has been restored.

And to Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa? Karma's a bitch, honey.



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guest
guest

Once again websites are posting erroneous info courtesy of TMZ. Does no one verify anything before they post it or do they just take the word of a reliable organization as TMZ. Too bad TMZ can't be held accountable for the damage they cause.

robert
robert

make-a-wish shouldn't make promises that other people are forced to keep. ever since they set up for a child to shoot a bear, i lost my respect for them.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

From the TMZ update:

When we called Make-A-Wish for comment on this story, they told us, "From time to time, planning for wishes doesn't turn out as originally envisioned, despite people’s best intentions and efforts throughout the wish-granting process."

They noted that Ina is a "good friend" of the foundation.

WTF? - Laura Hahnefeld? Here you are, sitting at your desk - wondering what to do and you pick trashing relationships between one of the best Non-Profit organizations in the world and their donors?

WTF INDEED!

I much more prefer the well-written articles written by your collegue Monica Alonzo to your tripe!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

So, if there were really conflicts which would prevent the Contessa from fulfilling the Wish and at some other time in the future, the Contess might be able to accomodate the request, TMZ and New Times, by reporting on this, may have ruined any chance of this taking place. Are TMZ and New Times actually interested in the wish fulfillment mission of Make-A-Wish here or are they just interested in a salicious story. Hmmm.

Sounds like TMZ and New Times are the pot calling the kettle black here.

I've worked at Make-A-Wish here in Arizona and know for a fact that all requests and whom does or does not fulfill those wishes are CONFIDENTIAL! As such, this "reporting" (ahem) is probably completely false - made up by competing chefs so that the media would bring favorable attention to them and disfavorable attention to one of their competitors.

guest
guest

Really need to check your sources before posting a story such as this.

Lacr0327
Lacr0327

Good for these two chefs to help this child. I have commented on every blog I can find about Ina Garten. I won't watch her show anymore and I contemplating what to do with all the books I have of Gartens. She's giving the rest of the Hamptons a bad name. There is no excuse for not making this child's dream come true. There is always time for sick children!!!! If she had her own children she would maybe think twice. I guess she's self-centered.

Trevawilliams2
Trevawilliams2

Well, they do say that, "Selfishness and Self-Centerdness is the root of our troubles!"

Anna S
Anna S

Kudos to Messrs. MacMillan and Symon! Life has twice asked Ina to help a very sick and very brave child. Clearly one's reputation is everything, and the generosity one accords children is a pretty strong indicator of character. Ina, why didn't you issue a statement yet? Just because NY media didn't cover doesn't mean it didn't happen. Fire the PR team, get to OR or at least call Enzo's Mom. Host them in the Hamptons and film a "Cooking with Enzo" series. Box the cookie mix called "Enzo's Dream", with his own magic ingredient and donate the profits to Make-a-Wish. This is how you make lemonade from lemons.

guest
guest

Sorry to rain on your post - but Ina is NOT the villain here. This story is blown way out of proportion and SHAME on TMZ & Make-A-Wish for vilifying Ina. TMZ is famous for their innuendos about stories such as this and posts it online and lets the public take over.Some of the comments are truly disgusting.

guest
guest

Sorry to rain on your response, but Ina IS the villian here. She's a scumbag. Plain and simple. Only after her show tanks and she realizes that she's losing fans does she reach out to Enzo - a 6 year old boy DYING OF CANCER. It does not matter who reports the truth when it comes down to it. Blown out of proportion? How so? Did she not turn down this little boy not once, but TWICE? There's no excuse for that so don't make one for her.

I guess when you are at the top, it's easy to forget how you got there in the first place.

Sheldonrs
Sheldonrs

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has not made any comments villifying Ms Garten.

Guest
Guest

Neither are they defending Ina against the diatribe by the posters on TMZ. I shouldn't say posters, I should say lynch mob.

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