Growing up in the south of Chile, Paulina’s grandmother taught her to cook and the importance of using the freshest, local ingredients. After emigrating to New Zealand in 2004, Paulina cooked at restaurants in Queenstown, did an apprenticeship at Arrowtown’s Saffron Restaurant and worked as a fine-dining chef.
The opportunity to open her own restaurant serving relaxed, international-style food was Paulina’s `dream’ next step. In August 2016, two weeks after she picked up the keys, her place was open.
“I said to my friends ‘I really need a name for a restaurant.’ One of my really good friends said ‘Paulina’s’ and I was like, `no I can’t call it Paulina’s’. I was like, well, it would identify me, but we could call it that. Because it’s your name on the door, you really work quite hard and try your best. But it counts for a lot: people ask `Are you Paulina?”