Nina ComptonThe New Orleans chef sings the virtues of simplicity.

Nina ComptonThe New Orleans chef sings the virtues of simplicity.

Born and raised in Saint Lucia, Krug ambassador Nina Compton blends the flavors of her homeland with classic French culinary training and a passion for all things Italian. After stints in New York and Miami Beach, she’s the chef-owner of Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans. Rich with Caribbean and French heritage, it’s a city where she feels right at home. “People in New Orleans love celebrating,” she says. “There are many of those Champagne-worthy moments happening on my doorstep every day.” 

Annick Weber: How do you balance simplicity and complexity in your cooking?

Nina Compton: When I was a younger chef I wanted to show all the techniques I mastered on one plate. With experience, you learn to be more restrained; you realize that you don’t need tha...

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