“Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just be yourself. It was a risk Pati Jinich, the D.C.-based Mexican- born chef, best-selling cookbook author and television host decided to take when she went off script for her popular PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table. It had been on the air for a couple of years when a new production company meant an entirely new direction.
‘They believed in my spontaneity. They helped me become much more self assured and free and unscripted,’ explains Jinich. ‘You have serious professionals on every part of the show telling you just go, don’t change anything, don’t worry about your accent. The [former] production company wanted me to wear more makeup, certain colors, or clothes that I’ve never worn. It’s been an incredible learning curve.’
It was a gamble that is paying off. Jinich is not only up for two top broadcasting awards at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards taking place in New York City on April 26, but the announcement was quickly followed by two Daytime Emmy nominations…”
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