Eventually, she left the bank to start the catering business that catapulted her into culinary superstardom. "When I started the business 21 years ago, I just wanted my children and I to be able to pay our bills and buy groceries," she says.
Still, Paula says she never dreamed big when she started cooking for a living. "While I was raising my boys, I taught them that they could be or do anything they wanted to be," she says. "While I was selling this to them, I don't know that I was buying it myself. Because I didn't know I could dream big. I didn't know that. I know it now."
Now, Paula has some simple advice for anyone with a dream. "Go for it," she says. "There's no sin in failing, but the sin is in never trying."