Ina Garten, known to many as “The Barefoot Contessa”, has now agreed to meet the young cancer sufferer she was too busy to make time for previously. She is known on TV for her money and time-saving tips in the kitchen but it seemed she was unable to spare time to meet a very sick little boy whose most special wish was to meet her. Now, perhaps because of the public outcry Garten’s refusal caused, she has said she will find time to meet Enzo Pereda.
The Food Network celebrity chef had been contacted by the Make-A-Wish-Foundation because it was 6-year-old Enzo’s dearest wish to meet her and cook with her. But she refused, saying her schedule was “too packed”. In fact, the 63-year-old star apparently turned him down not once but twice! She is said to receive over 100 requests a month to support charitable causes, she feels unable to support them all.
The refusal to meet Enzo caused an online storm. It seems that The Barefoot Contessa then became aware this weekend of just how unpopular her decision was. According to her representative, Ina “will be calling him today”.
The “Make A Wish” Foundation is said to be pleased by Garten’s U-turn but stressed that it is now focusing on Enzo’s second wish, which is to swim with dolphins. Far be it from me to judge someone else’s wishes, but given Garten’s attitude, the dolphins look like a better bet!