Marvin Gapultos is the creator of the celebrated food blog Burnt Lumpia, founder of Los Angeles’ first Filipino food truck The Manila Machine, and author of two cookbooks: The Adobo Road Cookbook, and Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats. Marvin's singular passion in promoting the food of the Philippines has made him one of the leading voices on Filipino cuisine.
Yana Gilbuena, a Philippine-born, critically acclaimed ancestrally-taught chef, started Salo Series to share with the world the vibrant food culture of the Philippines. The Salo Series hosts Filipino Kamayan dinners, which food is served on communal tables decked with banana leaves, and guests are encouraged to eat with their hands, in pre-colonial tradition. In her American tour, Yana hosted pop-up dinners in 50 states in 50 weeks, as well as across Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Europe and her home country, Philippines.
She is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow and has also been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, SF Chronicle and National Geographic. She's been published in The Cherry Bombe Cookbook, Feed the Resistance and has self-published her own: No Forks Given of March 2019. This global culinary nomad aims to further her mission and aims to host a Salo on every continent (and resume this quest once we've found a vaccine for covid19).