Chef Bala Smith was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he developed his passion for cooking as a young man. As the oldest child, one of his responsibilities was cooking for his six younger brothers and sisters. Three years ago, he followed his dream and enrolled at The California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, where he obtained his degree. While attending CCA, he got his first job at Chez Papa Restaurant. He later moved to Firefly in Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, and has just recently started Vincy Sunset, which is a Caribbean pop up restaurant.