Less than two years after moving to New Orleans to open her buzzy Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119), Nina Compton has been named one of the country’s best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.
Compton is among 12 notable chefs, including Peter Cho from Portland's Han Oak and Yoshi Okai from Austin’s Otoko. The magazine’s Best New Chefs 2017 list was compiled by magazine staffers and features up-and-coming chefs from across the country. Other New Orleans chefs named to the list in past years include Michael Gulotta of MoPho and Maypop, John Harris of Lilette and Sue Zemanick.
Compton, who hails from St. Lucia, worked at Scott Conant’s Scarpetta in Miami, and has garnered praise both for her fine-tuned takes on Caribbean and Italian dishes with touches of Creole influence and French technique.
Compton was a runner-up and fan favorite on the hit Bravo TV series Top Chef New Orleans, where she won fans over with her charm, wit and culinary prowess.
Compton also was named a finalist for this year's James Beard Award’s Best Chef: South category. Winners for the James Beard Awards will be announced May 1.