Less than two years after moving to New Orleans to open her buzzy Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com), Nina Compton has been named one of the country's best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine (www.foodandwine.com/chefs/best-new-chefs-2017).
The magazine's list features 12 up-and-coming chefs from across the nation, including Peter Cho of Han Oak in Portland, Oregon and Yoshi Okai from Otoko in Austin, Texas.
New Orleans chefs named to the magazine's list in past years include Michael Gulotta of MoPho and Maypop, John Harris of Lilette and Sue Zemanick.
Compton hails from St. Lucia and worked at Scott Conant's Scarpetta in Miami. At Compere Lapin, she garnered praise for her fine-tuned takes on Caribbean and Italian dishes with touches of Creole influence and French technique.
Compton was a runner-up on the Bravo TV series Top Chef New Orleans, where she won over fans with her charm, wit and culinary prowess. She also was named a finalist for a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: South. Winners for the James Beard Awards will be announced May 1.