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Tom Colicchio Remembers Bravo's Top Chef Season 15 Fan Favorite Winner Fatima Ali

The judge and chef paid homage to the late Cheftestant, who lost her battle with cancer.

By Jocelyn Vena
Celebrating the Life of Bravo's Top Chef Alum Fatima Ali

Tom Colicchio is the latest in the Bravo's Top Chef and Bravo family to remember Fatima Ali, who lost her battle with cancer last Friday (January 25). The Top Chef judge tweeted out a short but sweet message in remembrance of the chef and foodie: "So sad to hear of Fati’s passing."

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Bravo shared the following statement with The Daily Dish shortly after news was confirmed of Fatima's passing last week: "Bravo's Top Chef family, we are deeply saddened to share the news that Fatima Ali has lost her courageous battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. People not only fell in love with her cooking, but fell in love with her personality and heart. We hope that the beautiful memories shared with her will provide comfort to everyone who knew and loved her."

Fatima shared the news that she had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a type of bone and soft tissue cancer, at the end of 2017 as Season 15 of Top Chef was airing. Since the sad news of her passing was confirmed, everyone from fellow Cheftestants, to Padma Lakshmi, to Andy Cohen has remembered Fatima and her love for life and food. Her family also remembered that late chef as "the only metaphor that seems to fit is that of a star—a beacon in the darkness, a light that guides us, on which to make wishes, from which to weave dreams. For all the comfort and beauty they offer us, stars, too, are impermanent. This morning a great one was snuffed out."

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