We're a small group of passionate, hard-working people who believe in the power of quality ingredients, local community, and good food.
Our creative culinary team whips up delicious new dishes everyday, our neighborhood market teams keep the shelves stocked with the best from our kitchen, local farms, and food-makers, and our dedicated delivery team brings it right to your door.
CEO/Founder - Luke Chappell
Executive Chef - Paula McDade
Korean-born and D.C.-raised Chef Paula McDade got her first job in restaurants at 15 before heading to the French Culinary Institute in NYC a few years later. She got her cooking chops at highly regarded institutions such as Gramercy Tavern in NYC, Quince in SF, and the Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland. Her time in these restaurants and her Korean background greatly influence her cooking style: big flavors, locally sourced produce, and above all, respect for the ingredients.
Manager of Online Sales - Kayleigh Kahn
After graduating with a sociology degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, Kayleigh moved to Brooklyn and spent a year working in the local food scene there. Looking for a larger food community and a warmer climate, she moved to the Bay Area in 2015 and started working at Luke’s Local. Kayleigh has always loved food, and tries to cook and eat new recipes as often as possible. She’s passionate about nutrition, public health, and changing the food system for the better. When she’s not snacking at the Fox Den, you can find her in a local yoga class or hiking in Marin.
Online Operations Manager - Max Dito
Born and raised in San Francisco, Max is the proud great grandson of Italian immigrants! He celebrates his roots frequently by cooking pasta from scratch with his aunts. On the weekend, you can find him spending time with his fiance, or riding his motorcycle. After working for UPS and the gaming industry for many years, Max is excited to spend every day working with one his biggest passions, good food!
Manager of Customer Experience - Emily Lubomirsky
A daughter of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, Emily knew from a very early age that the most interesting place to be in any house is the kitchen. After moving up to the Bay Area and working at high-end grocery retail through college, she realized she wanted to pursue working in the food world full time. On the weekends, Emily enjoys going on day trips around the bay area, cooking with her friends and family, and hanging out with her baby nephew.
Commissary Butcher - Dustin Vaught
Dustin grew up in the swamps and the coastal plains of Georgia, which exposed him early on to BBQ and seafood. He has spent the better part of the last decade working in and around restaurants. After college, he decided to dedicate himself full time to the craft and remains excited to always be learning more about the culinary arts. He’s a newlywed and a recent transplant to the Bay Area. His wife accepted a job as a Professor and finally dragged him out of the swamp for good.
Line Cook - Luis Hernández
Luis is originally from El Salvador and has lived in Daly City for almost 10 years. He began working at Luke’s Local in the summer of 2016 and enjoys working with our kitchen team. In his free time, likes to spend time with his friends, playing sports and other activities.
CTO - Tomás Gutiérrez
Director of Operations - Paul Tripp
Paul, originally from Seattle, has been living and working in the Bay Area for 12 years. He attended Culinary and Baking &Pastry school in Rhode Island and spent 10 years working in restaurants and bakeries. He also worked with Hidden Star Orchard, working at farmers markets for 8 years before managing the farm’s operations. He joined the Luke’s Local Operations Team in October 2016. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, cooking, hiking, and keeping the coffee flowing at the Fox Den.
Sous Chef - Sam Adams
Jr. Sous Chef - Peter Urban
Born and raised in Hungary, Peter grew up surrounded by the vibrant food culture in Europe. His mom and grandma were always cooking, and he was exposed at an early age to good ingredients, flavorful recipes, and food’s ability to bring people together. Peter attended culinary school in Budapest, and then moved to the US at age 23. He worked in kitchens for 10 years in Naples, Florida, before moving north to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he worked at the 4-star Gallery Restaurant. He made his way out to the Bay Area 5 years ago, working with Rebecca Jean Catering and Paula Leduc Catering before joining the Luke’s Local team in January of 2018!
Line Cook - Patricia Rodriguez
Patricia, a San Francisco resident for 20 years, has 3 sons and a boyfriend. She’s worked at many restaurants as a line cook for about 13 years, as well as a teacher’s assistant in classrooms of 3 to 5-year-olds - though her real passion is cooking. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family in the park, running, and going to Zumba classes. She also loves to watch her son play soccer every Saturday, and she loves cooking for her family every evening. She’s very proud to be a part of Luke’s Local; she learns more about cooking every day from everyone on the team. For Patricia, it’s really important to cook with love and patience so that the food is delicious.
Prep Cook - Antonio Kauil
Antonio Kauil is from Yucatan, Mexico and has lived in San Francisco for the past 9 years. He’s married with 4 sons, 3 of whom are already in college. He has two jobs and works hard to save money to pay for his sons’ education and to start his own business someday in the future in Mexico. In Mexico, he was a farmer and grew corn, tomatoes, watermelons, peanuts, and many other vegetables. In his free time, he likes to watch sports, go for walks by the beach, and cook at home.