“Top Chef” alums are rallying around Season 15 winner Fatima Ali in the midst of her battle with cancer.
The competition winner, 29, fought off Ewing’s sarcoma in 2017 and revealed in September in a heart-wrenching essay for Bon Appetit that her cancer had returned. She stated in the article that she had less than a year to live.
Ali’s fellow contestants posted group shots this week of the 2018 cast together with heartfelt messages and hashtags.
“Hard to explain the bonds that happen during our time together,” castmate Claudette Wilkins wrote. “I wish they [sic] under better circumstances that we were together but when one hurts we all hurt and we rally. @cheffati is loved beyond belief and we will be here for her and each other.”
In a similar group shot of the chefs-turned-reality stars, contestant Tanya Holland wrote, “A bittersweet reunion. Our dear @cheffati is the glue…we are bonded forever now.”
Cast member and chef Bruce Kalman posted a photo of Ali in a hospital bed, explaining how the cast reunited to see her.
“We all came together, flew in from as far as Alaska, to see this beautiful lady, and got to have some laughs with her. We love you so very much @cheffati.”
Last week Ali took to Instagram with a selfie from a hospital bed, explaining that she’s getting sicker.
“I know it’s been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why. I’m sick and unfortunately I’m getting sicker,” she wrote. “Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you. I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”