Born Igrid Smith in Fox Hill, near Nassau, Bahamas, at the age of 9 she was in the kitchen cooking with her mother, Olga, using fruits and vegetables from their garden and fish from the sea to prepare simple and delicious meals with great imagination.
Relocating to America with her family when she was seventeen, Igrid was still the family cook, this time using American ingredients, but always with a distinctive Bahamian flair.
Many years later, she returned to The Bahamas and married Sir Clifford Darling. When he was appointed Governor General of The Bahamas, little Igrid became Her Excellency Lady Darling, the First Lady of The Bahamas. When their Excellencies entertained members of the Royal Family, Heads of State, Ambassadors and other dignitaries, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela, at historic Government House, Igrid's simple but elegant dishes were always on the menu.