Born and raised in Beacon, NY, Paul Yeaple (Chef Poppy) is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and the Institute of Culinary Education. Prior to becoming a chef, Paul was a Financial Planner in New York CIty. After graduation from culinary school, Paul interned and later became an employee at the well-known farm to table restaurant, Applewood, in Park Slope, Brooklyn and then at Bonita in Fort Greene. He also worked as a site manager for Community Markets, a for profit farmers market organization, where he was responsible for multiple locations, including DUMBO and the New York Botanical Gardens.
Paul signed the lease for the Poppy’s in November 2008, one week before his last farmer’s market in the city. In January 2009, Paul opened the doors to Poppy’s, which is dedicated to bringing high quality, local ingredients to people at an affordable price. In the summer of 2010, Paul won the Food TV’s chef competition show “Chopped”. He lives in Beacon with his two children, Hudson and Talulah.