December 01, 2021
Introducing Pati Jinich
We’re thrilled to introduce Chef Pati Jinich, a buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority. Pati is the star of the three-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and was named by Epicurious as one of the “100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time.” She is also the featured chef of our December CrateChef box–the final box of 2021.
Born and raised in Mexico, Pati attributes her love of food to the richness of her native culture. She comes from a family of accomplished cooks, or “food maniacs” in her own words. And her entire life revolves around food, though it wasn’t always that way.
After moving to Texas with her family, Pati began to share her food fervor with friends and neighbors for fun. She taught them how to make her most treasured Mexican dishes. From there, she started working as a production assistant for the PBS food series New Tastes from Texas, hosted by Chef Stephan Pyles and starring guests Diana Kennedy and Patricia Quintana–pioneers who helped introduce Mexican ingredients into American cooking. This glimpse into the national arena cooking made quite an impression.
While she spent most of her career analyzing politics–barring the brief stint at PBS–she eventually took the plunge to give food a real try and never turned back. In 2007, she became the Resident Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. Today, she is the proud recipient of a Gracie Award, four Emmy nominees, and two IACP awards. She has also appeared on NPR's Splendid Table and All Things Considered, NBC's Today, CBS's The Talk, ABC's Good Morning America, and Food Network.
There are lots of folks out there spreading the gospel of Mexican food, but none with the charm, warmth and perspective of Pati. Pati cooks inclusively, with recipes rooted in Mexico but influenced by the United States. On her PBS show Pati’s Mexican Table, you’ll find her cooking pozole rojo as well as Thanksgiving cinnamon rolls (filled with cajeta, of course). Her latest cookbook, Treasures of the Mexican Table, brings together more than 150 iconic dishes that define her native country’s cuisine.
Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than many people think. And her thoughtfully curated CrateChef box just does that. We’re excited to share this collaboration with you and inspire your home cooking adventures.