UPDATE: Ina Garten Will Meet The Boy With Cancer After Initial Snub!

Tue, March 29, 2011 12:05pm EST by 3 Comments

After several criticisms, the Barefoot Contessa has invited 6-year-old Enzo to cook with her on set of her show.

After six-year-old Enzo was diagnosed with acute leukemia, he was approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation to make a wish. Enzo said he really wanted to cook with The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten because he often watched the show from his bed. The foundation approached Ina, but she responded that she was too busy with a book tour. Now, she has made the time to be with Enzo and invited him to the Food Network studios. Great news!The Make-A-Wish foundation reports that she is currently making plans to see little Enzo! Yay, we’re so happy you are doing the right thing, Ina!

Originally, Make-A-Wish asked Enzo to pick another wish, but he said he wanted to wait until Ina was available. Now TMZ reports that the organization went back to Ina again this year and her response was a “definite no,” citing scheduling conflicts. A member of Enzo’s family says when Enzo found out Ina said no again, he said, “Why doesn’t she want to meet me?” Oh come on, Ina! Surely you could’ve squeezed this in??

Two other celebrity chefs caught wind of the story and have now stepped-up and said they’d love to cook a meal for little Enzo! Food Network stars Beau MacMillan and Michael Symon both reached out to Enzo’s family—Beau has even offered to fly the whole family to Arizona and put them up in a five-star resort for a week!

So what happened here? Was this some kind of misunderstanding? Or did Ina really say no to this adorable little boy??

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Posted at 6:44 AM on March 30, 2011  

It sounds like a simple scheduling problem that was resolved once the urgency of the situation was realized. Also, I’m guessing it was her secretary or manager that made the initial decision that she should honor her already existing book contracts and schedule. Once the news got to Ina Garten, it seems she went out of her way to make herself available to this sick boy.

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Barbara Terry

Posted at 1:31 AM on October 30, 2011  

I also beleive that she was not aware of the situation and that it was her PR people who said no due to her busy schedual. Someone in the spotlight like she is would not do that twice. I am sure she would have said yes if she knew.

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Posted at 2:58 PM on March 29, 2011  

Misunderstanding my A$$… It’s too bad that Ina had to be SHAMED into meeting this little boy after refusing a meeting on MULTIPLE occasions. Now she’s just trying to save her reputation and I find her reprehensible. She just lost so much respect….

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