Cooking over wood has been a part of Tucson’s culinary history for thousands of years and it is at the center of the midtown bistro Tito and Pep. Head chef and owner John Martinez grew up cooking family meals, pig roasts, and tamales with his grandmother in Tucson, which led him to pursue a career in the field. After several years in New York working for acclaimed chefs and opening restaurants around the world, Martinez returned to Tucson hoping to open a restaurant that reflected this city’s diverse cultural influences, Tito and Pep is the result.
Producer: Andrew Brown
Videographers: Jandro Davalos, John DeSoto
Editor: Jandro Davalos
Colorist: Emmanuel Joubeaud
Location audio and animations: Zachary Harns