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Celeb Chef -- Too Busy for 'Make-A-Wish' Kid

3/25/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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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. 

A member of Enzo's family says the 6-year-old is heartbroken ... and asked parents, "Why doesn't she want to meet me?"

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.

A rep for Garten tells us, "Despite her demanding schedule, [Ina] participates and helps as many organizations as she can throughout the year, helping children and adults like Enzo with life threatening and compromising illnesses.

The rep continues, "Unfortunately, as much as she would like to, it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives."

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.


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I never like watching Flay, Ray or Sandra Lee.................guess I can add Ina to that list.

1316 days ago


I have no idea who this woman is, never heard of her over here in Australia. But I've got nothing but comtempt for anyone who cant be bothered with a beautiful little boy who just wants to cook a meal with her.

I hope he gets all the medical help he needs to get better. And swimming with dolphins sounds like a better, more memorable thing to do than cooking with some dumb biatch who doesnt care anyway.

Best of luck to you buddy xox

1316 days ago


We have an 11 year old boy in Aust, who has just been charged with sex crimes against 5 women over 2 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of the women was 67.

And here we have this beautiful 6 year old sick young boy who just wants something simple to remember with joy, which cant be fulfilled due to someone's lack of compassion.

This world has become something that overwhelms me, its a sad sad world out there.

1316 days ago


I bet she would cook with Oprah if she asked.

1316 days ago


How many " children " would ask such a request ? It is a 6 year old " child " with cancer, there is no excuse for saying no to this child twice. I was a fan of Ina Garten. If this is a true story then "shame" on her. Disgraceful

1316 days ago


She wouldn't cook with Oprah because she doesn't "know" Oprah. At least, that's what she says to every other celeb and non-celeb that asks to be part of her show from time to time.

Unless you're a gay florist that lives in the Hamptons, you're sh*t outta luck.

1316 days ago


I never cared for this lady anyway. I've seen her show on Food Network a time or two, she bores me. Boycott her dam show.

1316 days ago


Boo! Last time I'm watching that lard ass cook anything on TV! You know she's scarfing down 15 meals a day. She has time to "entertain" her boring ass "friends" with her phoney kiss-ass laugh every single day on her show but can't cook one meal for a dying 6-year-old? I hope somebody contacts Bravo producers of Top Chef about this BS!

1316 days ago


Barefoot Contessa is a cu*t!! poor enzo, i feel so bad that he wanted to meet such a horrible person!!!!

1316 days ago


She should have invited the kid on her show if she was too busy to meet on their terms. I doubt she has kids of her own and may not even like them. Funny how the only 'charity' she's involved with is Planned Parenthood.

The kid's parents should have steered him away after the first rejection. It's surprising that he would choose that cow when he could have done something fun. The dolphin idea is much better as they are loving creatures and more evolved than that heffa. She can't tear herself away from grazing on all of the fatty foods and desserts she makes. She's a stone cold b*tch.

1316 days ago


hmmmmm....well i have watched every episode of "the barefoot contessa" she can kiss my azz now.
how freaking selfish not to grant this child's wish when he was willing to wait for HER.
i will never, ever watch her show again!
and i hope she gets kicked off food network.
what a selfish bitch!

1316 days ago


Pretty lame excuses for the chef - shame, shame.

1316 days ago


Never liked her-always thought she was a snotty bi***. And here recipes suck!

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1316 days ago


Have lost all respect for Ina now.

NOTHING is that important that she cant cancel or change to spend a half hour and make this child happy, she simply didnt want to to it.

You suck Ina!

1316 days ago
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