‘Make-a-Wish’ Kid’s Request Turns Into a PR Disaster for Food Network Star

Apr 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A Food Network star has stepped into a public-relations disaster after turning down a request from a 6-year-old boy with cancer who wanted to cook a meal with her, reports TMZ.com.

Ina Garten, Food Net’s “Barefoot Contessa,” initially turned down the request from a Enzo Pereda, which was made through the "Make-a-Wish" Foundation. After changing her mind and calling the boy’s family to offer her time with the child, the boy’s family turned her down, the story notes.

"I don’t want to put my son through all these emotions. We’re better off just leaving everything the way it is," the boy’s father, Adrian, said, according to the article.

The boy’s new wish is to swim with dolphins, the story notes.

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