One of Chef Nina Compton-Miller’s career defining successes is her sterling performance in what has been deemed the most memorable season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef. The undeniable star power that led Chef Nina to become Top Chef’s runner up is precisely why she has been hailed Saint Lucia’s Culinary Ambassador.
Having copped close to 300 tourism and hospitality awards from the industry’s most respected adjudicators between 2012-2014, Saint Lucia’s profile parallels Chef Nina’s achievements which are timely and an extension on the theme of excellence, differentiation and quality that the destination is known for.
The country and people of Saint Lucia are proud of Chef Nina and excited to align the destination brand with this rising star.
A native of Saint Lucia, Chef Nina has trained in French, Caribbean and Italian kitchens. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Chef Nina began her professional journey at Daniel in New York City, working and learning alongside renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Alex Lee.
Chef Nina later moved to Miami where she had the privilege of working with South Florida’s top toques including Norman Van Aken at Norman’s and Philippe Rulz at Palme d’Or. Eventually, she was recruited to Casa Casuarina, a private club and intimate boutique hotel in Miami Beach where she rose from Sous Chef to Executive Chef of the exclusive, highly-acclaimed restaurant.
The excitement behind the renovation of the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach in 2008 combined with the chance to work with acclaimed Chef Scott Conant at Scarpetta, an award-winning Italian restaurant, lured Chef Nina to the iconic property. Most recently she was the Chef de Cuisine in the Scarpetta kitchen, introducing new items to the menu while maintaining the restaurant’s high standards and four star rating. A self-proclaimed “gnocchi queen”, Chef Nina always keeps Maldon salt, good olive oil, lemon, calabrese chilies, and either pancetta or guanciale on hand. She strongly believes one should enjoy the moment whenever they are cooking.