She was professionally trained as a policy analyst with a graduate degree from ITAM in Mexico City and later on at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. It was out of nostalgia for the foods she grew up eating in Mexico, and a few nudges from her husband, that she left her career as a policy analyst to pursue her passion for food. Pati Jinich is on a mission to show the world that true home Mexican cooking isn't what they've come to expect. 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 16 years. In 2007, she launched an ongoing series of culinary programs comprised of informative talks, cooking demonstrations, and tasting dinners at the Mexican Cultural Institute, where she is the resident chef. Pati's success and popularity, both with event attendees and the media, transferred into a nationally aired Public Television series, called "Pati's Mexican Table," that is currently on its fifth season. In 2016, the tv series "Pati's Mexican Table" was nominated for two James Beard Awards--Best Cooking Show in a Fixed Location and Outstanding Personality/Best TV Host. It was also nominated for to Daytime Emmy Awards --Outstanding Culinary Host and Outstanding Culinary Series. It won the Imagen Award for Best National Informational Program.