Food Network star puts her ‘barefoot’ in her mouth

Ina Garten, better known as the ‘Barefoot Contessa,’ denied a 6-year-old cancer patient his wish to meet her—twice—before making room in her schedule.


Who do you think you are? Giada De Laurentiis?

Ina Garten, the TV personality behind Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa,” denied a 6-year-old leukemia sufferer his Make-A-Wish Foundation dream to meet the host.

Wait, wait, check that—she denied him twice.

The boy, whose name is Enzo, suffers with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and he wanted to meet the celebrity chef after watching her while he was sick in bed. But a rep for Garten said, “As much as [Garten] would like to, it’s absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives.”

Really? She has that many request from sick 6-year-olds?

The public outrage toward Garten was so intense—after Enzo’s mom wrote about in the family’s blog—that she finally relented, saying through a spokesperson:

“Ina became aware of Enzo’s story this weekend and will be calling him today. She looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios.”

Make-A-Wish Foundation told ABC News that it’s pursuing little Enzo’s second wish—to swim with the dolphins. The organization said:

“According to his mother, Enzo has started sleeping in his swimsuit because he wants to be ready when he dreams about them at night.”

That’s sweeter than anything that comes from Contessa’s kitchen.

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