What does it take to jump from your set career path to a totally different one? How can you change hearts and minds on contentious issues?

On Tuesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. ET, join ExchangeAlumni, chef, author, TV host and U.S. Department of State cultural envoy Pati Jinich to hear how she transitioned from working on policy papers to becoming an award-winning chef, why she is a proud immigrant, and how she’s using her diplomatic skills to bring people together across borders.

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Pati Jinich – Chef, Author, & TV Host

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati is host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table” and the PBS primetime docuseries “La Frontera.” She is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and a cookbook author. A former political analyst, she switched policy papers for cooking pots to make exploring and sharing Mexico’s cuisine her life’s work. She has cooked at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Council of the Americas named Pati 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 U.S.

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband. They have three sons and a dog named Mila.


Previously, on MentorTalks...

Join award-winning chef, TV host, and author Pati Jinich on Tuesday, January 25th at 11am ET.
“Tell stories, use images, and be authentic – let them know who you are,” says Monica Marks, an ExchangeAlumni of the Fulbright, Critical Language Scholarship, and Boren Fellowship programs – and, a Rhodes Scholar.
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“The most important thing is passion. You can study Egyptology, but if you have passion, it will make you a great archaeologist and it can take you to the top.”
When you find something that gives you fulfillment – that money cannot give – you need to keep going.
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