In this January, Top Chef season 15 contestant Fatima Ali has announced that she would be undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in her shoulder. At the time of her surgery, show’s judges, Padma Lakshmi, has visited the hospital to support Fatima Ali. She was diagnosed with a condition called Ewing’s sarcoma in 2016. The cancer was successfully removed, and Ali has officially been declared cancer free. On 27th February, she announced that she is going to make her first appearance after her ordeal, at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. In an Instagram post, Ali wrote that although her treatment is still ongoing, she will be attending the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, which takes place from April 5 to 8, in Pebble Beach, California. Although Ali wrote that she’s both “excited and nervous” to return to cooking, she couldn’t stay out of the kitchen any longer. Ali will be participating in an event called Goldilocks and the Three Top Chef Bears, alongside Elizabeth Falkner, Tyler Anderson, and Bruce Kalman (all three are her fellow Top Chef alums, with Falkner having appeared on Top Chef Masters).
Alex Gaurnaschelli, Ludo Lefebvre, Angie Mar (one of Food & Wine’s 2017 Best New Chefs) and Jeremiah Tower will also host events at the festival.