A year ago tomorrow, celebrity chef and Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten became embroiled in a PR nightmare when it was reported she'd rejected a six-year-old cancer patient's Make-a-Wish Foundation request to cook with her. Garten was later vindicated--it turns out she wasn't even aware of the boy's request until his immature, revenge-seeking parents ran to TMZ and set off the firestorm--but many believed the damage to her name had already been done. So, what was Garten to do?
If you guessed, "Air a new episode of her show almost exactly one year after the scandal broke in which she volunteers to teach a group of special needs students at East Hampton High School how to make blueberry muffins and ice banana cake, before using it all--plus brownies she'd made at home--to run a bake sale that will benefit the students' annual field trip," you'd be correct. Congratulations!
My four-minute video recap of the episode is above.