Sunday, June 10, 2018

First Black Woman to Win Best Chef in the South at the 2018 James Beard Awards

Get The Scoop Weekly On Southeast Queens. Subscribe to Our Mailing List. Receive the Latest Events, News, Jobs, and Top Community Economic Development Stories Like this one Click Here
New Orleans, LA  -- New Orleans' Chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin restaurant made history by becoming the first Black woman to be designated as the best chef in the South at the 2018 James Beard Awards.

Article Or Event Continues After Sponsor's Message Below...

Farmers Pizza
 Farmers Pizza Menu

Article Continues Below...

  The James Beard Foundation awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary world.

First Black Woman to Win Best Chef in the South at the 2018 James Beard Awards

Only five black chefs have ever been a Best Chef finalist; this year's ceremony was the first to recognize black women - Mashama Bailey, of the Savannah restaurant The Grey, and Nina Compton, of Compère Lapin, in New Orleans - as finalists.

Boston-based food writer, Korsha Wilson reports, "Compton's speech placed her immigration story front and center: "I never dreamed, coming from a very small island of St. Lucia, of winning this award," she said at the podium. Her New Orleans restaurant, Compère Lapin, is named for a character in Creole and Caribbean folk tales; on the menu, she blends Caribbean and Southern food with French technique."

Compton is a native of St. Lucia that moved from Miami to New Orleans in 2015 to open Compère Lapin, which draws from her Caribbean heritage along with her French and Italian experiences. She was a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef: New Orleans." Compère Lapin is a sophisticated eatery serving New Orleans accented flavors in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery located on 535 Tchoupitoulas Street in the city's Warehouse District.

In regards to other Blacks taking top honors that night, Wilson adds, "What makes these wins particularly poignant is that chefs Rodney Scott, Nina Compton, Edouardo Jordan, and Dolester Miles are cooking interpretations of their unique history, from the present moment in the part of America where they live. Their complicated and beautiful act of reclaiming Black foodways and serving it to the public is too powerful to understate. They're chefs who are making food that represents them - people who are connected to and inspired by the African diaspora."

Compton and her husband Larry Miller have opened a second restaurant in New Orleans; Bywater American Bistro, a more casual establishment located at 2900 Charters Street providing American food.

The outstanding bar program went to cocktail bar Cure, another establishment from New Orleans. Compton and Cure were among the nine nominees from New Orleans this year.

New Orleans blacked-owned restaurants have received numerous recognition from the organization, on January 28, 2016 it was announced that that New Orleans' Chef Leah Chase was being named the recipient of the 2016 James Beard Lifetime Achievement award. The foundation awards the Lifetime Achievement award "upon a person in the industry whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and think about food in America." Known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," Leah Chase is a chef, restaurateur, and TV personality revered by many as one of the best in her profession.

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.

Taylor Sylvain is a senior journalism student attending Clark Atlanta University's Division of Communication Arts in the department of Mass Media Arts and serves as an intern for The New Orleans Agenda. A native of New Orleans, she especially enjoys assignments dealing with the city's art, culture, fashion and the music industry. Taylor may be reached via email through

Sponsor's Messages Below

Have Fun With Loved Ones While Supporting Emerging Businesses in Your Community
 Chic Clic

For More Info Click Here | To Attend Click Here

Give The Gift Of Beautiful And Affordable Photo Realistic Or Ethnic Art For The Holidays

World Class Sophisticated Art Can Portray Your Love This Holiday Season  - Discover Exceptional Black Art, Get Exclusive Custom Framing, and Receive Expert Photography from Renowned Local Artist Click Here

Beautify Your Home and Accentuate Your Life - Discover Exceptional Black Art, Get Exclusive Custom Framing, and Receive Expert Photography from Renowned Local Artist Click Here

Checkout Similar Articles Below


Posted by community events coordinator, Nzinga Lonstein Austin, is a prolific blogger who writes on the entertainment industry and issues for people with developmental and physical challenges.

She is presently in high school looking to have a career in video, film, and media. You can see more of her entertainment writing on Lonstein Movies.

About the Southeast Queens Scoop - is the premier website and only publication offering daily news and updates on the events, culture, issues, and is dedicated to the business and economic development in this largely black historic community.

The publication targets the over 350,000 residents in the Southeast Queen and Jamaica Queens area. It promotes to over 40,000 potential viewers in social media, mobile devices and search engines like Google and Bing!  To learn more about how to promote your business or organization on the Scoop or online Click Here

 No Spam Only The Scoop On Southeast Queens

Since you are here think about this please.  Do You Want The Southeast Queens Scoop To Continue To Promote Empowering News and Events largely ignored by the corporate owned mainstream media in our area?

Since most local businesses don't have large ad budgets then please consider donating to ensure we can continue our media efforts.  We appreciate all contributions ($5, $10, $15, $20, +) no amount is too small. Please donate now below or read more on donations.

No comments:

Post a Comment