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Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is host of the two-time James Beard Award-winning and three-time Emmy nominated public television series “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Pati is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. and author of two cookbooks, “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking” and “Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen.”

A former political analyst focused on Mexican political institutions and US-Mexico relations at the Inter-American Dialogue, Pati holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She switched policy papers for cooking pots to make exploring and sharing Mexico’s cuisine her life’s work.

The Council of the Americas named Pati one of the “Top 5 Border Ambassadors” who have performed outstanding work bringing the United States and Mexico closer together in their Americas Quarterly (AQ) magazine. She was also named one of the National Immigration Forum’s “Keepers of the American Dream,” which honors individuals who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement and contribute to the well-being of immigrants in the US. Pati was invited to cook at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo and Easter celebrations.

She was named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All Time” by Epicurious in 2017 and was profiled on the front page of The New York Times food section in October 2018 in the feature “Forget the Wall: Pati Jinich Wants to Build a Culinary Bridge to Mexico.”

Pati is a regular guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Talk,” ABC's “Good Morning America,” The Food Network, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Splendid Table,” and Univision’s “Despierta America.” She has been featured in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other national and regional press. In addition to writing on her website,, she contributes to a wide array of print and online publications.

Pati lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she and her husband are raising their three Mexican-American boys.

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