Vanessa Bolosier was born in the French Caribbean. She learnt most of what she knows about cooking from her Martiniquan dad in the family kitchen in Guadeloupe. She moved to London in 2005 and started working as a professional model while studying. After starting a career in marketing, Vanessa decided to draw inspiration from her childhood and embarked on a mission to spread the love, sunshine and joy Caribbean Creole food brings. Dubbed the Queen of Creole Food, she won two Great Taste Awards for her Coco Gourmand coconut confectionery, a company she started in 2013. She successfully sold the company in 2017. She’s been featured in the Guardian,The Times and The Mail on Sunday.