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About Nina Compton

The opening of Compère Lapin marks a triumphant return to New Orleans for Compton who fell in love with the city during the filming of BRAVO’s Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans. Over the course of the show, she earned the admiration of the judges and her fellow contestants, taking the runner-up spot in the winner’s circle and being voted the season’s fan favorite. It was a journey that played out in front of millions and will come full-circle with the opening of her new restaurant.

A St. Lucia native trained in the French tradition at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Compton most recently was chef de cuisine at Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. There she worked with celebrity chef and restaurateur Scott Conant to create a masterful Italian menu that drew raves from far and wide.

As owner and executive chef of Compère Lapin at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, Chef channels the delectable diversity of her culinary background while incorporating the rich food traditions for which her newly-adopted home of New Orleans is famous.

Visit us for something new and delicious in the Big Easy!