Meet chef Nina
A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America (2001) in Hyde Park, Nina began her professional journey at Daniel in New York City, working and learning alongside Daniel Boulud and Alex Lee. After moving to Miami, she had the privilege of working alongside South Florida’s top toques including Norman Van Aken at Norman’s and Philippe Ruiz at Palme d’Or. Eventually, Chef Compton 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 Scott Conant at Scarpetta, lured Chef Compton to the iconic property where she joined the pre-opening team as Sous Chef. For over three years she continued to excel as a chef, becoming a key member of Scarpetta’s culinary team. Chef Compton takes the lead role in the Scarpetta kitchen, introducing new items to the menu while maintaining the restaurant’s high standards and four star rating.
Chef Compton was also a participant of the Top Chef season 11 , a cooking competition where she was the runner up, she also won the the hearts of many and was the fan favorite .As a result of the competition numerous doors have opened for Chef Compton such as becoming St.Lucia's first culinary ambassador. This has lead her to inspire so many people and educated many about the island and their cuisine.