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Paula Leahy

Account Manager - Chef Division

Paula grew up in South Africa and originally studied Law at university in Cape Town before completely changing career paths to fulfil her passion for cooking and qualifying as a professional Chef.

Paula moved to the UK in 1995, and then spent 5 years working as a Chef in leading London restaurants and corporate Hospitality before moving into Chef recruitment with Mayday Hospitality in 2000 where she spent 3 years recruiting Chefs for the London market.

Paula returned to South Africa with her husband in 2003, where they raised their family and opened and ran a number of successful restaurants, a boutique wine shop and a school contract catering company in the beautiful Winelands region outside of Cape Town.   Paula returned to London with her family in late 2021, and joined the Collins King & Associates team in March 2022.