Fatima Ali — who competed on season 15 of “Top Chef” — has revealed she has terminal cancer and only one year left to live.
“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone,” she wrote for Bon Appétit’s Healthyish. “My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.”
She continued, “It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living. When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel. I am desperate to overload my senses in the coming months, making reservations at the world’s best restaurants, reaching out to past lovers and friends, and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.”
According to her bio on BravoTV.com, Fatima Ali left Pakistan at the age of 18 to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America. She finished seventh on her season of “Top Chef” and was the first Pakistani woman to ever win on “Chopped.”