‘Top Chef’ alum Fatima Ali reveals cancer is back: ‘I have a year to live’

“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali revealed her cancer has returned “with a vengeance.” 

In an emotional essay published to Bon Appetit Tuesday, Ali, 29, says doctors determined her diagnosis was untreatable and terminal. 

“My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen,” she writes. “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.”

The New York City chef was diagnosed last year with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, shortly after competing on Season 15 of “Top Chef” in Colorado. Ali finished seventh on the cooking reality competition and was voted fan favorite. 

She underwent chemotherapy and surgery in January to remove a tumor from her shoulder bone, with “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi by her side. 

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