Paterson later became a matron at a girls' boarding school near Reading before ending up as a cook for the Ugandan legation in London and becoming a well-known figure on the London party circuit. She worked on the ITV show Candid Camera and later went on to become a food writer for The Spectator and provided weekly lunches for personalities including the Prince of Wales for 15 years.
Paterson was a devout Roman Catholic who never married. She died in 1999 of lung cancer in England. She asked for caviar for her last meal, but died before she could eat it. She was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium and her ashes were then buried in the cemetery there.
Paterson was a parishioner of the London Oratory. She would cook for the Fathers on a weekly basis. An abstract portrait of her hangs in the Kitchen of Oratory House.
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