Barefoot Contessa: Too busy for dying child?

Mar 25, 2011 at 5:11 p.m. ET

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten is apparently too busy to make the wish of a very sick little boy come true.

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Six-year-old Enzo has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for literally half of his short life. During his darkest times the little boy would cuddle in bed with his mom, watching Barefoot Contessa to take his mind off his terrible ordeal. So it was only natural that when Enzo was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he said he wanted to cook with Ina Garten.

Sadly, Garten has turned him down -- twice.

The first time, Garten's people said she was too busy with a book tour. Enzo said he would wait until her schedule freed up. It was that important to him.

Now, a year later, Garten has responded with another no, citing more schedule conflicts -- leaving little Enzo devastated.

"Why doesn't she want to meet me?" the crushed kid asked his parents.

A rep for Garten told TMZ, "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. Unfortunately, as much as she would like to, it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives."

Enzo has since chosen a new wish -- to swim with dolphins. In totally unrelated news, the next episode of Barefoot Contessa will feature dolphin steaks in a delicious fresh tomato sauce.

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