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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Pati Jinich

Pati's Mexican Table

Pati Jinich is host of the Public Television series PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE, which is aired nationwide, is now in its third season, and was nominated for a 2013 Imagen Award.

She is a cookbook author, food writer, cooking teacher and chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC. Pati was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She has resided in the Washington, DC area for the past 13 years, where she and her husband are raising their three boys.

Pati holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, and served full time as political analyst before leaving policy work to pursue her lifelong passions: researching, writing about, testing and cooking Mexican food, and sharing her knowledge of Mexican cuisine and culture with others. In 2007 she launched "Mexican Table” an ongoing series of culinary programs comprised of informative talks, cooking demonstrations and tasting dinners at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Through the “Mexican Table” series, Pati shares her rich, entertaining and insightful perspective on Mexican cuisine and culture in an intimate setting. With the launch of PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE on television, she is able to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with a far broader audience. She familiarizes viewers with Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques, and also with the many regional cultures, traditions and historical events that together inform Mexico's diverse cuisine, inside and outside of Mexico.

Pati launched her blog,, to share her work and food-related writing and stories. Her first cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Mexican Home Cooking was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2013, recommended by The New York Times and featured among 250 books named “Best in the World in the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (see

Pati is a regular guest on ABC's “The Chew”, NBC’s “The Today Show”, CBS’s “The Talk”, NPR and “The Splendid Table.” She has also appeared as a guest on The Food Network, CNN en Español, FOX News, CBS “This Morning” and others. She has also been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other leading national and regional press. In addition to writing on her blog, she is regularly invited to contribute to a wide array of print and online publications. Pati has also hosted live programs for The Smithsonian Institution and Meridian International Center, and has cooked for dignitaries at Blair House, the official guesthouse for the President of the United States.

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