Sad news for Top Chef fans, Chef Fatima Ali is in surgery now to have a malignant tumor removed from her shoulder. Based on her Instagram this is something she has been dealing with since at least early November. Fatima posted this morning, “Going in for surgery today to get that tumor out of my left shoulder. Feeling content knowing I have so many well wishers and prayers from all around the world. ♥️ #fuckcancer” She was pictured with her mother by her bedside.
As we saw on the last episode of Top Chef, Fatima is a huge admirer of Padma Lakshmi. She was crushed in the quickfire when Padma said her Pakistani food lacked flavor since their cultural backgrounds both have similar flavor profiles.
It was touching to see that Padma was with her at her bedside as she went into surgery. Padma posted on her Instagram, “I’d love it if everyone joins me today in saying a special prayer for our @cheffati who went into surgery a couple hours ago. She was in good spirits when we walked her into OR, and am hoping for a great outcome today. #topchef #topchefmemories @bravotopchef #fuckcancer “”
Fatima has become a fan favorite on the show and a front runner in the competition. Here’s hoping for a quick and complete recovery.