Top Chef‘s season 15 contestants are leaning on each other to get through a difficult time.
The group of cheftestants, who appeared on the Bravo show last winter, came together this week in Los Angeles to show support for their fellow cast member Fatima Ali.
Fatima, 29, has been battling an aggressive and rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma for more than a year. She recently revealed that her health was declining on Instagram, which prompted the group to meet up for the “bittersweet reunion.”
After posing together in a group photo, which included Adrienne Cheatham, Tyler Anderson, Bruce Kalman, Tanya Holland, Claudette Wilkins, Carrie Baird, Rogelio Garcia, Chris Scott, Tu David Phu, Joe Sasto, and Melissa Perfit, many of the former contestants shared the image on Instagram and wrote messages of support to Fatima.
“These people are my people. Hard to explain the bonds that happen during our time together,” Claudette captioned the two group shots.View this post on Instagram
“There are things we do that make no sense and they make no money and those things may be the real reason we are here. To love each other and eat each other’s cooking and say it was good.” -commonplace These people are my people. Hard to explain the bonds that happen during our time together. I wish they 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. Thankful my kids got to meet them yesterday to see how funny and comfortable we are with each other. #forfati #fuckcancer #topchef @bravotopchef #season15 #family
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“I wish they 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,” she added.
“A bittersweet reunion,” wrote Tanya. “Our dear @cheffati is the glue…we are bonded forever now.”
“So happy to see you this week @cheffati… praying for you…https://people.com/food/top-chef-bittersweet-reunion-fatima-ali-terminal-cancer/