Nina Compton

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Nina Compton
Born (1978-10-16) October 16, 1978 (age 42)
NationalitySaint Lucian
Known forRunner-up on Season 11 of Top Chef

Nina Compton is a James Beard award winning Saint Lucian chef currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Nina graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. She began her professional journey at Daniel in New York City, working and continuing her culinary education alongside world renowned chef/restaurateur Daniel Boulud and his team.[1]

After moving to Miami, she continued to work with the best, joining the crews of Norman Van Aken at the original/iconic Norman’s then Philippe Ruiz at Palme d’Or at the historic Biltmore Hotel.[2] Eventually Nina moved to Casa Casuarina, a private club and boutique hotel in Miami Beach where she rose from Sous Chef to Executive Chef of the small yet highly acclaimed property.[3]

With the excitement of the 2008 reopening of the refurbished Fontainebleau Miami Beach, combined with the chance to work with Scott Conant at Scarpetta, Nina leapt at the chance to join the pre-opening team as Sous Chef and went on to be appointed Chef de Cuisine, where she earned raves and accolades.

Compton competed on Season 11 of Top Chef. She was the Top Chef, Season 11 runner up and was voted fan favorite by viewers.[4][5]

In June 2015, Compton opened her own restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, Compère Lapin.[6] Compère Lapin serves Caribbean-style cuisine and is located in the New Orleans Central Business District.[7][8]

In March 2018, Compton opened Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans with Husband/Partner Larry Miller and Chef/Partner Levi Rains.[9][10][11]


In 2017, Compton was honored with the "Best New Chef" award in Food & Wine magazine.[12] Her restaurant Compère Lapin was named one of America's 38 Best Restaurants by Eater in 2017.[13]

In 2018, Compton won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: South.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Compton is married to Larry Miller. She is the daughter of Sir John George Melvin Compton, who served as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia on three occasions.[6][5]


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  2. ^ "Nina Compton: Hare Apparent in New Orleans – Garden & Gun". Garden & Gun. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ "Chef Nina Compton". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ Dixler, Hillary (February 6, 2014). "The Winner of Top Chef New Orleans Season 11". Eater.
  5. ^ a b "For this 'Top Chef' star, one tropical fruit represents both past and present". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  6. ^ a b Price, Todd A. (May 20, 2015). "5 facts about Nina Compton's Compere Lapin, opening June 2".
  7. ^ "Menu - Compère Lapin". Compère Lapin.
  8. ^ Helm, Burt (2019-02-07). "Nina Compton's Work Diary: 'You Cannot Show Any Sign of Fear'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
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  10. ^ Burton, Monica (2018-03-15). "'Top Chef' Favorite Nina Compton Debuts Second Restaurant Tonight". Eater. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  11. ^ "Top Chef Star Nina Compton to Open Her Second Restaurant in New Orleans". Food & Wine. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  12. ^ "Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2017". Food & Wine. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  13. ^ Addison, Bill (2017-11-08). "The 38 Best Restaurants in America". Eater. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  14. ^ "The 2018 James Beard Award Winners". Retrieved 2018-11-13.