Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is the James Beard Award winning host of the PBS Television series PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE, going on its seventh season nationwide. The trailer is available here. Pati is also 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.
Pati was invited to cook at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo and Easter celebrations. With a passion for promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle for kids and families, she was invited to participate in US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Let’s Read Let’s Move initiative to encourage students to stay active and healthy. She has also led healthy eating workshops for the Institute of the Americas’ annual Latin American Seminar on Science and Health.
She is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Kitchen Cabinet for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and her company has been certified as a Women Owned Business by WBENC.
In April 2017, the Council of the Americas and Americas Quarterly named Pati one of the Top 5 Border Ambassadors who have performed outstanding work bringing the United States and Mexico closer together. In June 2017, she was the commencement speaker for the 2017 graduating class at GDS in Washington DC. The same year, she was named one of the 100 Greatest Cooks of All Time by Epicurious.
Pati is a regular guest on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’s The Talk, ABC’s The Chew, and Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered and The Splendid Table, and Univision’s Despierta America. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other national and regional press. In addition to writing on her website, patijinich.com, she contributes to a wide array of print and online publications.
Pati has resided in the Washington, D.C. area for the past 18 years, where she and her husband are raising their three Mexican-American boys.