Our Team

  

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
CEO/Founder - Luke Chappell

Operating my own food business has been something I’ve wanted to do all my life. As an 11 year old I produced all-organic bagels 7 days a week for the general store in a small mid-coast Maine community. I called it Luke’s Heavenly Bagels and the logo was an image of a bagel with a halo and wings. Today I run Luke’s Local - a company dedicated to delivering delicious local food to homes and offices around the Bay Area. I am driven by supporting a community of talented people and am grateful it’s what I do everyday. When I’m not working you’ll find me at the beach with my dog Poppy or playing squash.

Executive Chef, Paula McDade
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.

 

Sous Chef, Sam Adams
Sous Chef - Sam Adams
Sam Adams, a Bay Area born and raised native, started cooking in his family owned restaurant of 40 years at the young age of 11. With his love of food and passion for the artistry of baking, he would soon seek out the best of both worlds with the goal of becoming a talented chef with unlimited abilities. After graduating from The California Culinary Academy in 2003, he continued to hone his culinary craft throughout the city of San Francisco, the Bay Area and Pennsylvania by working for restaurants like Copenhagen Bakery, Chris’s Restaurant and Fine Catering, Blissful Kitchen, Lilah Belle’s and Bakesale Betty’s - to name a few. His passion for healthy, bold and “flavor bursting” meals is inspired by his love and dedication for fitness and nutrition. His motto “when you put good in, it will show” is his driving force to create locally farmed and sustainably harvested dishes that are not only delicious, but also nourish the mind, body and soul. Sam is eager to share his favorite dishes and excited to work with the amazing chef team at Luke’s Local.

 

Manager of Customer Experience, Emily Lubomirsky

Marketing & Content Lead - 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 nephews.


Commissary Butcher, Dustin Vaught

Kitchen Supervisor - 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. 

 

Controller & HR Manager - Scott Stern

Scott, raised in Southern Florida and a University of Florida alum, found himself settling in the Bay Area after he and his girlfriend drove across the country from coast to coast. Scott worked for Amazon and the Real Food Company before joining Luke’s Local as a Controller. Working for a grocery company, it’s no surprise that Scott his time outside of work eating at places all around the Bay. He’s also a handy guy interested in technology: specifically buying, fixing, and selling scooters and other electronics.

 

Central Produce Buyer - Troy Delaney

Troy has dedicated nearly the past two decades (his entire working career!) to the organic & local produce industry. He proudly serves the community of Cole Valley, 10 years on and counting, having previously managed the produce department at legacy business Real Food Co., before bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Luke’s Local. Troy is part of an amazing team that brings an authentic and sustainable 21st-century food business to life. Off the clock, Troy plays drums in a local rock band and is as passionate about music as he is about organic fruit & veg; they are both necessary to nourish the soul and body.

Associate Produce Buyer - Toben

Toben moved to California from Colorado for graduate school. He earned his Master's of Fine Arts in Writing at the University of San Francisco. Toben, along with his girlfriend of 13 years, have found a home here in the city. Toben keeps it low key and is a vegetarian who takes his produce very seriously.  

 

CTO, Tomás Gutiérrez 

CTO - Tomás Gutiérrez
Tomás has been creating digital products for over a decade. Originally from Colombia, he joined his first tech company while finishing his comp-sci/engineering and entrepreneurship & management degree at University of Minnesota. He spent 6 years working his way into the executive ranks at Accenture as part of the Architecture Innovation group, where he led the architecture design, delivery, and operations for multiple high profile web apps for world renowned clients. After some worldwide adventuring and soul searching, Tomás found his way to San Francisco, where he joined Scalable Path at its infancy. There he worked to grow the organization to what it is today, and led many product development projects for clients. At the same time, he’s a serial entrepreneur with a few ideas out in the market, as well as always playing with new ones when time allows. Tomás is also a helpless autodidact, nutrition-health-wellness nut, technology aficionado, philosophically bent, squash addicted, adventure seeking, and nature loving human.


Director of Operations, Paul Tripp

Buying & Merchandising Manager - 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. 

Manager of Online Sales, Kayleigh Kahn

COO - 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 milder 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.

Ecommerce Manager - Caroline Bonham

Caroline is a Bay Area native. Friendly but intimidating. Likes monochromatic outfits, dive bars, and currently obsessed with David Bowie. Loves food but bad at eating.

Store Manager - Shay Perez

Shay, born in the Philippines, settled into the Bay Area, specifically the East Bay, at a very young age. Prior to working in grocery stores, Shay studied nursing and worked in nursing care facilities. She is friendly and very approachable, you can usually see her chatting up customers whom she is always on a first name basis with. When Shay isn’t at the store, she enjoys spending her days off with her boyfriend, two days and tight knit family.

Store Manager - CarL Blij

 

Central Butcher - Nate Vasquez

Nate’s 13-year meat career in the Bay Area includes every facet of the industry imaginable from Meat Clerk, Manager, and Butcher Supervisor. His knowledge of whole animal butchery and local farming practices has been acquired from rubbing elbows with all walks of life in the food industry from old school butchers, seasoned chefs and even line cooks. When not at the butcher's block, Nate enjoys listening to records, sketching, and spending time with his maltipoo pup, Thor.

Central Grocery Buyer - Jason Panelli

Jason is a rare breed is a native San Franciscan! Born and raised in North Beach, he grew up around food, as his family owned an Italian deli/market for 82 years! After an almost 20 year career in the retail wine and spirits industry, he decided to make a change and circled back to what seemed to be a natural transition into retail grocery. Jason comes to Luke's after stints at the Real Food Co. in Cow Hollow and Gus's Haight Street Market. In his free time, he enjoys to cooking, listening to music and is a devoted sports fan with the Dodgers, Lakers and Buccaneers being his teams of choice.

Line Cook, Patricia Rodriguez

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

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.

 

Dishwasher - Luis Villanueva

Luis, born and raised in Peru, made his way to the states by way of California. He is still very new to the country, but could wait to move to San Francisco. Luis is a pretty quiet guy and maily keeps to himself at the Fox Den. He enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to new music on his days off. Luis is looking forward to learning more from his peers and is very excited for his future.

Line Cook - Eddy Pinto

Eddie is originally from Honduras, but really identifies as a San Franciscan as he has spent most of his life in the city. You can hear when Eddie is around as he is usually cracking jokes and keeping the energy high at the Fox Den. Before coming to Luke’s, Eddie worked mostly in bars and looks forward to returning to them when he can. On his days off, Eddie likes exploring the city on his bike and spending time with friends and family.

Deli Supervisor - Adriana Fleming

Adriana, a San Francisco-born and Bay Area native, has been cooking for over 20 years. With a Creole father, Salvadoran mother, and extended family whose diverse roots span from Nicaragua to Ethiopia, you can say that food has always been the focal point in the family. A sous chef at an upper-scale Italian restaurant before the pandemic hit, she now runs the deli team at Luke's in Cole Valley. In her free time she tends to her garden growing vegetables, and takes care of her furry best friend, Dr. Osito Jones, Esq.

Floor Supervisor - Vinny Vizcaino

Vince, another Bay Area born and 

 

Cashier Lead - Alex Jung

Alex grew up just a little ways away down the coast in Pacifica. He decided that the city was for him and moved to San Francisco. He’s married with two little dogs that he loves to hang out and play with. When he is not keeping the line of people flowing at the store, Alex, a self-described video game enthusiast, spends his free time playing a variety of different consoles in all different genres.

Cashier Lead - Mary Acosta Flandez

Mary found a home here in San Francisco with her family seeking better opportunities, after moving from the Dominican Republic 10 years ago. Having worked in the surrounding neighborhoods, she found herself at Luke’s. When she’s not working, you can find her at the Academy of Art University studying Photography. Mary likes to keep the positive energy going at the store by keeping the fun tunes pumping and dancing behind the register. On her off days you can catch her skating the hills of San Francisco or snapping portraits of friends and family.

 

Grocery Stocker - Myles Wynn

Myles, a San Francisco native, has been in the grocery game for quite some time. Having graduated from UC Santa Cruz, he is proud to call himself a banana slug. Myles’ true passion is theater. He enjoys Shakespearean play and has acted in plenty of roles. When Myles isn’t at work, or on stage, he loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop games. If you’re ever looking for something that you can’t find in the store, Myles is your guy.

Deli Supervisor - David Trujeque

Catch David behind the deli counter whipping up some the best sandwiches in Cole Valley has to offer. Originally from Yucatan, Mexico, he moved here at a young age with his family. He found his home with his wife and four children in the heart of the Mission. In the food industry for 20+ here in San Francisco, he’s worked all over the Bay learning different cuisines at different establishments, ranging from counter service to fine dining. David’s passion is cooking and he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Cashier - Hugo Trujeque

Hailing from Yucatan, Mexico, Hugo wanted to try his luck and moved to the States just a little over three years ago. Hugo was an English teacher before moving to San Francisco. He enjoys watching movies, reading books and binge watching the latest television show. Hugo is an avid POP Funko collector with a collection that tops at about 130.

Cashier - Rachel Manila

Another Bay Area native, Rachel is working her way through school at San Francisco State University studying Digital Communications. Rachel is an accomplished pianist having played for most of her life: 12 years! She enjoys music and is taking up the ukulele at the moment. As if her creativity isn’t obvious, she also enjoys crafting and is learning how to make macrame.

Cashier - Julia Lubar

Julia, born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, came over to the city to study International Relations over at the University of San Francisco and is looking forward to a future in diplomacy. When she's not busy at the store or buried in the stacks at school, Julia also moonlights as a nanny from time to time. She spends her off time relaxing, spending time with friends and watching her favorite television programs.

Associate Grocery Buyer - John David

John David, or simply JD, moseyed on over from Georgia where he grew up. He had no real reason for moving to San Francisco other than, “why not?” Having worked at plenty of other grocery stores, JD is a natural fit to join the team at Luke’s. He is an avid runner and is usually gearing up for his next marathon. When he’s not on the run, JD enjoys hiking and visiting National Parks, his favorite being Yellowstone.

Grocery Stocker - Patrick Reyna

Patrick, originally from Redlands, CA, moved up to the city to attend San Francisco State University. After toying around there with what major he wanted to pursue he felt it best to enroll in the culinary program at City College. Prior to working at Luke’s Pat has worked in various kitchens including Daily Grill and Tselogs. When the pandemic hit he was forced to hang his apron up and put his grocery skill to use. Patrick, on his off days, enjoys writing,  playing video games and hanging with cat, Zuko.

Cashier - Heidy Saldana

Cashier - Dylan Secrist

Dylan is a California native who was born and raised in Lake Tahoe. He moved to San Francisco to escape the monotony of a small town after having visiting plenty of times before. Dylan enjoys sports, his favorite food is sushi and he has a twin! 

Cashier - Shannan Leitner

Shannan was born in San Francisco and raised in Seattle, WA. She made her way back to the city that steals hearts after finishing her studies because she wanted to experience the city after feeling like she missed out on so much. On her days off, Shannan enjoys exploring the city, hanging out outside and taking the town by bike.

Cashier - Snow Martin

Los Angeles native, Snow, moved up to the north to attend UC Santa Cruz (he's a banana slug!) He decided to continue meandering on up and found himself in San Francisco. Snow, on his weekends enjoys listening to Death Metal, watching horror movies and slam dancing.

Butcher Clerk - Carlos

Carlos is proud to hail from Yucatan, Mexico and loves his Mayan heritage. He moved stateside to California years ago for bigger opportunities. Carlos enjoys his time off and loves cruising the hills of SF on his longboard, tending to his bonsai garden and hanging out with his parakeets. 

 

Deli Team Member - Mikayla Sobichevsky

Mikayla, or Mika, as she prefers to go by, grew up in the Richmond District where she still lives with her family. Before working behind the deli counter at the store, Mika used to work at a Japanese restaurant as well as a canine care facility. She loves being a mother and spends as much time as she can with her daughter. Her other favorite thing to do with her off time is hang out with her cat, Neko.

Deli Team Member - Donovan Perry

Donovan made his way from Colorado to escape the Midwest and study Physics. Prior to joining the team at Luke’s, he worked at a few other grocery markets. Donovan is a dreamer and always looks forward to his next step in life. After spending time in San Francisco, his next destination city is New York where he’ll spend some time there before he pursues his real dream of moving out of the country. Fun fact about Donovan, he lives in the Jimi Hendrix house!

Same Day Delivery Driver - Rony Yoc Diaz

Rony came to San Francisco from Guatemala with his family. Before coming to Luke’s Local, Rony worked mostly in bars and restaurants in the kitchen cooking up delicious cuisines. On his days off, Rony likes to stay active outdoors. When the sun is out and the heat is high, he likes to go for a swim in Lake Merritt.

Same Day Delivery Driver - Ernie Guisande

Ernie was born and raised in the Bay Area. He spent some time away from the States and lived in both the Philippines and Spain. Before coming to Luke’s as a delivery driver, Ernie worked in the local bar scene and previously owned his own chauffeur service. On his days off, Ernie likes to hit the golf course for tee time and spend time with his son.

 

Deli Team Member - Anahi Mejia

Anahi, originally from Southern California, moved to San Francisco initially because her small circle of friends told her that she looked like she was from the city. That prompted her to apply for school here which landed her at San Francisco State University studying Political Science. Her dream is to have a seat in the House of Representatives. When she’s not at work or school, you can find Anahi cruising around the city with her boyfriend.

Produce Stocker - Edwin Guillen 

Edwin was born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico where he worked in grocery and at farmer’s markets. He came to the States on a whim where he made the move to working in restaurants. Edwin joined the produce team at Luke’s and loves working with fruits and vegetables because it brings him fond memories of home. He loves being active and usually commutes to work on his bike. While he finds work and being active to be part of his day to day, Edwin loves kicking back and vegging out while playing video games.

Barista - Lily Hardy

Lily, hailing originally from Seattle, moved to San Francisco to escape to another city and embark on a new journey. She is very much into art and has taken up figure and monster painting recently. When she has the time and the opportunity, Lily enjoys travel. She's visited about 25 different countries with her favorite being Sri Lanka.

Barista - Chance Schwab

Born in Oklahoma, from Texas and raised in Virginia, Chance knew he always wanted to work around food. After graduating from school, he had an appetite for the culinary arts and moved around, working in different states and countries under top chefs at well-known restaurants and hotels. His passion has brought him to New York, Napa, Spain, and even Scotland. He’s settled in San Francisco but his true dream is to own a restaurant of his own in Los Angeles. Chance is a dog lover and is devoted to his Red Heeler, Kyuu.

 

Chief Barking Officer - Kyuu

Likes hugs, is a team player, and morale booster. She's an independent woman, and you can catch Kyuu playing on her breaks at the dog park. Watch out for your heels, she is known for nipping at them as she is a Red Heeler with almost too much energy and not enough playtime.

 

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