Our 2018 “Ripples of Hope” award winner was Season 15 “Top Chef” fan favorite, Chef Fatima Ali. Chef Fati has been incredibly open and honest in sharing her cancer experience with the world. Take a look at the tribute video we put together to honor her featuring messages from fellow contestants Chef Adrienne Cheatham and Chef Christopher Scott as well as from “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi.
Chef Fati also shared today in Bon Appetite Magazine that her cancer is back:
“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone. 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.
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.”
You can read the entire piece here. Warning: it’s beautiful. Team Consano is sending Chef Fati so much love. ❤️