Chef Nina Compton was born and raised in beautiful St. Lucia, the daughter of the Prime Minister.
After attending secondary school in the U.K., Compton decided she wanted to study to become a chef, and so she headed to NYC to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Compton graduated in 2001 and quickly launched her professional culinary career at one of the city’s most prestigious French kitchens, Daniel.
Compton went on to hone her craft and build a reputation at the likes of Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where she worked her way up from Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine. After competing on Season 11 of BRAVO’s acclaimed cooking competition show, “Top Chef,” where she placed as a finalist and was voted “fan favorite,” Compton moved to New Orleans to open her flagship restaurant, Compère Lapin.
Compton was named a “Best New Chef” in 2017 by Food and Wine, and In 2018, she won the acclaimed James Beard Award for “Best Chef: South.” Both Compère Lapin and Compton’s second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, have received critical acclaim and national accolades.
Recreate Chef Nina's recipes with her favorite Regalis ingredients.
Nina Compton Compère Lapin Chef Winner of the 2018 James Beard Awards “Best Chef: South” and one of Food & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chefs 2017" St. Lucia