Top Chef alum Fatima Ali dead at 29

Top Chef alum Fatima Ali dead at 29

Pakistani-American chef Fatima Ali, known for her 2017 appearance on popular U.S. television series Top Chef, passed away on Friday after losing a prolonged battle with cancer, her family confirmed.

Since the news of her passing broke, a number of Ali's other fellow Top Chef contestants took to social media to share their thoughts and express their condolences. People not only fell in love with her cooking, but fell in love with her personality and heart. A rare form of it. Forget about the physical side effects (though those are pretty bad). Adrienne Cheatham, Tyler Anderson, Tanya Holland, Claudette Wilkins, Carrie Baird, Rogelio Garcia, Chris Scott, Tu David Phu, Joe Sasto and Melissa Perfit came together to visit her. Claudette wrote on Instagram, "I wish they were under better circumstances that we were together but when one hurts we all hurt and we rally. I'm talking about the uncertainty you will live with every day".

In 2012, Ali became the first Pakistani woman to win "Chopped". Although she finished in seventh place, she went on to win Fan Favorite.

In early 2018, she was declared cancer-free, only to find out in September that the disease had returned.

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"I know it's been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why." she wrote.

"My heart is so broken today, thanks for gracing my life, meeting my son, being my friend, and letting me into your incredible existence, I'll miss you more than you can know", Flamm, who lives and works in Chicago, wrote in an Instagram post.

Ali left her Pakistan home at age 18 to study at the Culinary Institute of America in NY. "You are grace itself". Best Bloody Mary Brunch Perfected By ABSOLUT during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE on October 18, 2014 in New York City.