Chef Nina Compton-Miller
Saint Lucia's Culinary Ambassador is Farm-to-Table Fabulous
If you were in Saint Lucia in February, and even if you weren't, you'll have heard of Chef Nina - the island's daughter of the soil who won her way to the final two and found worldwide celebrity on the BravoTV series Top Chef. Compton- Miller is Chef de Cuisine at Scott Conant's famed Scarpetta restaurant at the Fonainebleu Hotel in Miami, and these days the fans are booking in their droves to eat legendary pasta and perhaps get a quick pic with the hottedt new celebrity chef on cable. In a hard- fought and subsequently contentious last battle, our homegirl lost out by a very slim margin but her positive, passionate and professional performance won the hearts of reality TV fans across the islands.
Nina is the daughter of the late Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister and "father of the nation", who led the island to independence thirty- five years ago and Saint Lucia's first First Lady, Janice; throughout the show it was clear that her dad's farming background and love of the land influenced Nina's culinary point of view, while the spotlight of growing up a Compton ( the middle of five kids) bestowed her with deep family roots, composure under pressure and a humility and strength of character which came across with every episode.
Viewing parties became a late-night Wednesday event across the island as Chef Nina chopped away the competition, throwing fabulous Caribbeanfusion food at the judges, who gobbled up such delicacies as Lucianinspired fried bakes in one challenge and curried baby goat in another. Bursting a coconut was child's play for the self- confessed Gnocchi Queen, who combined flavours of the islands with Italian classic style and plenty of farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.
Just one day after the finale, in an exciting announcement for the island fans, Chef Nina was announced as Saint Lucia's Culinary Ambassador, and plans are afoot with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to partner with our very own top chef in the near future, so look out for news on stlucianow.com.
But perhaps the most poignant words came from Nina Compton herself as she thanked the country for its support the day before the finale was aired in Saint Lucia and around the world. Tropical Traveller and STAR Publishing congratulates Nina on her success and looks forward to reporting on the next courses on her personal menu.
Chef Nina and Chef Nick battled
it out for Top Chef credentials.