Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Marvin Gapultos is a first-generation Filipino American and author of the celebrated food blog Burnt Lumpia. With his unique approach to Filipino cooking, Marvin became the first Filipino American food blogger to truly champion and showcase Filipino cuisine to a worldwide audience. In June of 2010, Marvin decided to take his recipes to the next level and opened The Manila Machine–Los Angeles’ first gourmet Filipino food truck, and the first food truck to be completely owned and operated by food bloggers. Working the competitive food truck circuit on the streets of L.A., Marvin went from self-taught home cook to cutting his teeth as a professional cook–all while introducing Filipino food to the hungry masses of Southern California. In just a short amount of time, Marvin’s cooking gained both a loyal following, as well as critical acclaim.
Marvin’s pioneering efforts and singular passion in promoting the food of the Philippines has made him one of the leading voices on Filipino cuisine.
His first cookbook, The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey, was released in May 2013 by Tuttle Publishing.
Marvin is also a contributing writer to SeriousEats.com