CHEF OSCAR GRAHAM
Graham was born on the coast in Huacho, a city an hour north of Lima, the cosmopolitan capital of 10 million people. He studied for four years to be a police officer in Lima but said he decided to leave the country because of political and economic instability.
Oscar has 35 years of experience with culinary traditional peruvian dishes. He began his cooking career at Bruno's Restaurant in New York. In early 80's he moved to California where he's considered a pioneer in Peruvian Food. Graham was part of the culinary opening at El Carbon, EL Monte, El Cholito, El Incas Cuisine. He relocated to Arizona in 2010. As Ched at Contigo Peru, soon after opening, Nikki Buchanan (Arizona Republic) qualified the restaurant with 4 stars. In 2012 GRaham opened Tumi, where he applies his extensive experience, and adds a modern twist to Tumi's unique recipes using his knowledge of traditional Peruvian dishes. With each of his colorful presentations, he shares his love and passion from his culture. After opening Tum, it earned a prestigious 4.5 stars from The Arizona Republic. Tumi earned again such recognitions of the Best of Phoenix 2013, Best Latin American Restaurant and was named as one of the five best restaurants from Phoenix New Times. Graham's gastronomic nod to his native land is worth the trip. Whether you are peruvian cuisine novice or aficionado, you'll leave Tumi with a full, happy and utterly satisfied tummy. - The Arizona Republic.