Fueled by an intrinsic passion for food and cooking, Fatima Ali left her hometown in Pakistan to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. For 18 year old Fatima, there were no two ways about it – she started cooking at five and this would be her future. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Fatima found her home with the Patina Restaurant Group in New York City. Starting as a Junior Sous Chef at Cafe Centro, in just eighteen months, Fatima climbed the ranks to settle into the brand new Italian restaurant establishment at Macy’s, Stella 34, as Executive Sous Chef – one of the youngest the company has seen. Fatima was determined to hone her skills while working in New York City, enabling her to meld the bold flavors and spices she grew up with, with the modern techniques of her training. During her career in New York City, she competed on and won Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ at the age of 21, which garnered much media attention and opened the doors for her to continue winning and participating in various chefs competitions. Most recently, she competed in Top Chef Season 15 which is set to air in November 2017, being the youngest and only international chef in the cast, at the age of 27. Her plans, currently, revolve around introducing the wonders of Pakistani flavors to the public like never before. Her desire to pioneer the movement of eclectic, modern Pakistani cuisine matches her passion to be a role model to all young women from her country as well. She hopes her determinations and successes can serve as proof that any goal is attainable as long as you push hard for what you believe in and always remember who you are.