Chef and Owner
Echo and Rig
Since his early days in the kitchen, Chef Sam Marvin has brought a unique blend of culinary classicism and a creative, innovative edge to his singular style of cooking. A California boy with serious French training, Marvin is committed to bringing originality and quality to customers every time they visit his restaurants. He earned his stripes in the late ‘80s in seminal restaurants like Flaming Colossus and Patina, cooking delicious yet avant-garde cuisine that shook the foundation of the L.A. cooking scene. After this training, he went on to open his own restaurant in the mid-90s, Modada, a jewel box that received critical success and further cemented Marvin as a culinary force.
In 2009, Marvin opened Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles and once again shifted the landscape of Los Angeles dining, as the restaurant received critical acclaim and marked the beginning of the revitalization of Downtown. Chef Marvin’s culinary enterprise and his knack for revitalizing sleepy neighborhoods came into play yet again when, in 2013, Marvin brought his culinary magic to his epic, 10,000 square foot Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse at Tivoli Village in Summerlin, Las Vegas, which became a critical and popular success. In 2018, he opened a second location in Sacramento.
Marvin’s latest venture, Pluck, brings pasture-raised chicken to the The Shoppes at Carlsbad. The fast-casual concept with a smaller menu focuses on quality fried chicken and satisfying sides for an accessible price point. Marvin wants to make it easy for customers to enjoy ethically sourced, delicious food, and plans to expand the concept quickly. When Marvin is not busy creating in the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his family, often splitting his days between his home bases in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. With several national broadcast appearances under his belt, including Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family and FYI’s Late Night Chef Fight, Chef Marvin has participated in (and won) a number of cooking competitions, including Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay in 2015