NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Top Chef” Fatima Ali says she has a year to live.
The 29-year-old underwent surgery to remove a tumor in January. However, Ali wrote Tuesday in an essay for Bon Appetit that the “cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my lift hip and femur bone.” Ali says her oncologist told her she has a year to live, “with or without the new chemotherapy regimen.”
'Top Chef' contestant Fatima Ali and her doctors thought her cancer had vanished. Then she was told she had a year to live. https://t.co/EMOgQF4oQh
— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) October 9, 2018
She writes she used to dream of owning her own restaurant. Now she has a growing list of restaurants to visit and is “sketching a plan” to eat her way through New York.
Ali says “every day is an opportunity for me to experience something new.”
Ali appeared on Season 15 of the Bravo series.
A thread: Dear friends,
I have seen @cheffati grow and blossom every day I walked into the @bravotopchef kitchen. I have seen her ambition sharpen over weeks of competition, seen Fatima soar along with all of you. (https://t.co/PHXFKf3OAQ) pic.twitter.com/fPoV04Jmnt
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 10, 2018