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Former 'Top Chef' Contestant Writes She Has Year To Live

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Former "Top Chef" Fatima Ali says she has a year to live.

The 29-year-old underwent surgery to remove a tumor in January. However, Ali wrote Tuesday in an essay for Bon Appetit that the "cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone." Ali says her oncologist told her she has a year to live, "with or without the new chemotherapy regimen."

She writes she used to dream of owning her own restaurant. Now she has a growing list of restaurants to visit and is "sketching a plan" to eat her way through New York.

Ali says "every day is an opportunity for me to experience something new."

Top Chef Host Padma Lakshi shared an emotional tribute to the young chef on Instagram.

Ali appeared on Season 15 of the Bravo series.

The ninth season was filmed in various cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin.

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