St. Lucia Native and ‘Top Chef’ Runner-up Nabs New Orleans’ Restaurant of the Year for 2016

Saint Lucia joyously celebrates with Chef Nina Compton as her restaurant, Compere Lapin, has been named New Orleans’ Restaurant of the Year for 2016 by The Times-Picayune.

The Saint Lucia Culinary Ambassador and “Top Chef” runner-up also was the first to be presented the award by renowned Times-Picayune dining critic Brett Anderson.

“The fact that Brett Anderson, someone who is so well known and respected, bestowed this award makes this honor even more special,” said Larry Miller, Compton’s husband and partner at Compere Lapin.

Compere Lapin, which opened in 2015, provides a culinary experience that is distinctly St. Lucian at its foundation. What Anderson describes in his review as “the marrying of cooking of her native St. Lucia with that of her adopted New Orleans home” has helped Compton’s eatery provide great exposure for the island nation and, specifically, its cuisine, which has enticed many patrons to actually visit the idyllic locale.

“The Saint Lucia Tourist Board congratulates Chef Nina Compton and her team on this remarkable achievement,” St. Lucia Minister for Tourism Dominic Fedee said. “Chef Nina has been instrumental in exciting the imagination of many aspiring chefs on the island, as well as been a catalyst for growth of the island’s unique food offerings.

“We are excited to see all that 2017 has in store for the development of food tourism at home and abroad.”

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