Chef Nina Comp­ton-Miller

Saint Lu­cia's Culi­nary Am­bas­sador is Farm-to-Ta­ble Fab­u­lous

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDCELEBRITY -

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.

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