The end of final week’s episode of “Top Chef” may perhaps have had some Houstonians scratching their heads: Why are the remaining two episode of “Top Chef Houston” set in Tucson?
Lovers of the Bravo series know that the demonstrate ordinarily moves out of the host city for the finale. That is not a shock. What is astonishing, in a quite superb way, is the preference of the desert town for the closing episodes, airing May 26 and June 2. Tucson is 1 of only two U.S. metropolitan areas (the other San Antonio) that has acquired the difference as a UNESCO Inventive Town of Gastronomy, recognizing an spot for its foodstuff traditions, indigenous elements, eating places and culinary neighborhood, and regard for the natural environment and sustainable regional products and solutions. Located in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson has the longest agricultural record of any town in the state with a 300-yr tradition of vineyards, orchards, livestock, and a wide range of neighborhood heritage foods. Insert to that the foodways of indigenous men and women – Mexican and indigenous American traditions – and you have the aspects that make Tucson a gastronomic vacation spot.