HOME­WARD BOUND

CHEF PAULA NEL HAS CRE­ATED A REST­FUL CAPE TOWN PAD THAT PER­FECTLY RE­FLECTS HER FAS­CI­NA­TION WITH GLOBAL CUL­TURES WHILE PAY­ING TRIB­UTE TO HER COUN­TRY OF BIRTH

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South African chef Paula Nel is far too dis­creet to dis­close who her celebrity clients are—suf­fice to say they’re some of the world’s most loved me­dia, mu­sic and movie moguls. Nel spends up to three months at a stretch aboard her pri­mary client’s pri­vate lux­ury yacht, shift­ing be­tween the Mediter­ranean, and cities like Mi­ami and Monaco, pre­par­ing elab­o­rate menus to­gether with a bri­gade of chefs. When she’s not plan­ning in­no­va­tive ways to ful­fil the gourmet de­sires of her clients, Nel is in­vari­ably plot­ting her next ad­ven­ture. “I tend to get a month or two off ev­ery few months, which gives me enough time to get in a cou­ple of trips be­fore head­ing home to chill and catch up with fam­ily and friends,” says the chef. From horse­back rid­ing in the high­lands of Ethiopia to vis­it­ing the famed Kings Cat­tle in Rwanda, the more off­beat her trav­els, the bet­ter.

LEFT TO RIGHT Pic­ture shelves line the liv­ing area; the lat­est ren­o­va­tion led to the cre­ation of a sec­ond sit­ting area, dec­o­rated with a worn leather Ch­ester­field sofa and some of Nel’s favourite prints and art­works

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