You know who Poppy O’Toole is. As a Michelin-trained chef and TikTok star, Poppy – who goes by Poppy Cooks online – has amassed a massive following on social media, where she shares her love for cooking and entertaining (and potatoes) with her fans. Where did Poppy O’Toole work? The high-pressure crucible of a professional kitchen. Where does she work now? On your phone and on your telly. Not only has she got over 3.5 million followers on TIkTok but she’s written a cookbook, Poppy Cooks: The Food You Need, and is currently one of the judges on television’s Young Masterchef (available to watch on iPlayer). To top that all off, she’s also an absolute gem of a human being.
We got the potato queen herself into the Mob studio the other week and she made us a gorgeous dish of 15-Hour Potato which was demolished in about thirty seconds flat. It’s a simple dish that brings the best of the humble spud. I was lucky enough to have a chance to sit down and chat with Poppy about her career so far and find out what it’s like to be – in her words, mind – ”Gregg Wallace in a wig”. Here’s what happened when Mob met Poppy O’Toole.