Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is the host of the three-time James Beard Award-winning and three-time Emmy nominated public television series “Pati’s Mexican Table” now on its ninth season. Pati is also the 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.” Her third cookbook is slated to be published in the Fall of 2021.
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 is a regular guest on ABC's “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Talk,” NBC’s “Today Show,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Splendid Table,” and Univision’s “Despierta America.” She has cooked at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo and Easter celebrations. The Council of the Americas named her 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. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and three sons.