James Beard Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Mexican chef Pati Jinich makes her PBS Primetime debut as the host of the new culinary travel special, La Frontera, which highlights the fascinating, yet misunderstood, US-Mexico border region where countries and cultures collide. Premiering October 15, 2021, at 9pm/8c, the two-part special follows Pati as she travels the border and explores the region through artists, musicians, athletes and local legends, whose work reflects the blending of Mexican, American and other cultures, as well as the chefs and home cooks who bring all these people together around the table. Using food as a vehicle for exploration, Pati travels the imposing border landscape and visits El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, Laredo, Nuevo Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville, and delves into the rich, diverse and unique border cultures in each place. Along the journey, Pati, who received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, draws on her vast experiences — both as a former political analyst at a policy research center and the current resident chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. — to conduct in-depth interviews about life on the border with locals in the region. For more information, visit pbs.org/lafrontera.