In what could cynically be considered an effort to make up for the bad press she received last spring when scheduling conflicts forced her to deny a cancer patient's Make-A-Wish request, Ina Garten recently made an appearance at the Life Skills class at East Hampton High School. After inviting the students to her home earlier this year, the Barefoot Contessa then offered the class?comprised of six special needs students?the chance to appear on her show. Last week, “they transformed the classroom in 45 minutes to a studio,” according to instructor Denise Klein. "Ina helped the kids, guided them. She was so warm and wonderful." And to further cement her status as someone who cares, Ms. Garten ended the day by surprising each of the students with a custom-embroidered apron.
The episode is slated to appear on the Food Network sometime this spring.