Vanessa was born in Guadeloupe to a Guadeloupian mother and Martiniquan father. Vanessa moved to Europe when she was seventeen and worked as a model for seven years while studying Marketing and Publishing. In 2011, she founded Carib Gourmet, a company specialising in luxury Caribbean food and confectionery.
Vanessa has won two Great Taste Awards for Coco Gourmand, her brand of coconut sweets. Vanessa has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller and the Guardian Cook supplement. Her first cookery book, Creole Kitchen, was published by Pavilion Books in June 2015, and published in France by Editions Solar and in Holland by Veltman in 2016. It was named Best Gastronomic Book by Creole Culinary Arts in 2018. She is currently working on a new cookery book, Arawak. Vanessa lives in London.