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.
Director of Ecommerce - 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.
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.
Produce Team Member - Rin McCarthy
Down-to-earth and deeply passionate, Rin has been in the Bay Area since the 1960’s. She spends her time working in the produce department at Luke’s Local and working the Sunday farmer’s market stand for Inzana Ranch nuts and fruits. She’s devoted to vegetables and is vegan, so it’s no surprise Rin has dedicated her life to being around food. Another life passion of hers is environmentalism; she traveled from California to Delaware on foot (!!!!) to raise awareness and engage with others around the nation about protecting and preserving the climate. Rin is a humble badass who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to make the world a better place.
Controller - 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.
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.
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
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.
Lead Deli Clerk - Yaritza Flores
Anyone who has ordered a sandwich at Luke’s knows Yaritza slings the best sandos behind the counter. She’s a friendly face that loves to make people happy and feel at home in the store, and she puts her people skills to good use while also in school for nursing. Yaritza is a Honduran-raised mom-of-two that dedicates her free time to cooking, playing with her kids, and dancing. If you need a laugh, Yaritza is your go-to lady.
Cashier - Daniel Post-Jacobs
Dan is a new face from Philly who’s currently getting his Masters at USF in Organization and Leadership. His path is to work with organizations and companies to operate more sustainably and ethically. Dan also writes corporate crisis response simulations for the University of Miami, so he puts in work to help others. Joining the team at Luke’s Local really allows him to see the growth of a small company and be a part of the business he’s so passionate about. He and his dog Archie are also neighborhood locals now, and can be seen walking through Cole Valley together. Dan is a driven man that’s dedicated to helping companies be the best they can be.