Pakistani Chef Wins Food Network’s Chopped
When most South Asian kids are encouraged to be doctors, lawyers, or engineers, Fatima Ali decided to apply to culinary school instead.
The young 22-year old won an episode on Food Network’s cook-off show ‘Chopped.’
Excerpt from Dawn News:
“You want to go to university to become a bawarchi (cook)?” – This is the first reaction Fatima Ali, 22, would get when she would tell friends at a highly competitive school in Karachi about her aspirations to become a chef.
While friends were applying to Ivy Leagues and Oxbridge, up to five or six universities at a time, Ali applied to just one; a culinary institute in upstate New York.
While her mother supported her decision, her father, a well-known barrister in Lahore, initially urged her to apply to law schools instead, finally coming around after much persuasion. For 16-year-old Ali, there was no two ways about it – she started cooking at five and this would be her future.