Fatima Ali - Inspirational Story of Young Pakistani Top Executive Chef

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Fatima Ali was a Pakistani-American executive chef, restaurateur and television personality. She was born on August 8, 1989. Fatima was born and raised in Pakistan, dividing her time between Karachi and Lahore. 

She was the daughter of lawyer and attorney-general Ashtar Ausaf Ali. She learned to cook from her father, her grandmother and her family’s cook, Fatima immigrated to America at age 18 to attend the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 2011.


Fatima Ali began her culinary career as a junior sous chef at Cafe Centro in New York City. In 2012, she won an episode of Chopped (Season 12, episode 2, “A Guts Reaction”) on the Food Network. She continued her career in New York City, becoming the youngest executive sous chef at Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, and then the executive sous chef at La Fonda del Sol.

In 2017, Ali was a contestant on Top Chef: Colorado. Although she finished in seventh place, she was voted the fan favorite. As soon as the show was completed, Fatima was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare type of cancer that affects the bone tissue. This is where her struggle to fight against cancer started and she did it bravely.

“I was always deathly afraid of being average in any way, and now I desperately wish to have a simple, uneventful life.” – Fatima Ali


This shocking news gave Fatima the courage to do all the things she had always wanted to do in her life. She took cancer as an opportunity to get things done.

After undergoing chemotherapy she was declared cancer-free, and in April 2018 she cooked in public at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival. In October 2018, Ali’s cancer returned, and she reported that it was terminal. She died at her family’s home in San Marino, California on January 25, 2019, at the age of 29. Fatima lived well and fought her tough days with extraordinary strength.

May Allah bless her with peace in heaven.​

"Greatest blessings in life are free and cannot be bought,
May Allah bless all of us with health and prosperity, Shukar Alhamdulillah."

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