Nina Compton

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    November 18, 2014

    Top Chef Nina Compton to Host Pop-Up at Cafe Mistral

    Since winning the fan favorite title on Top Chef, Nina Compton's been on the move. The talented toque, who resigned her position as chef de cuisine of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in June, has been traveling, racking up experiences and (hopefully) recipes. Stops on the Compton world tour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Ten Best Hotel Restaurants in Miami

    As tourist season heats up, things in the kitchens of our favorite hotels get even hotter. Most of our city's best chefs are involved in hotel restaurants: Michael Schwartz has one at the Raleigh in South Beach, and Michelle Bernstein will soon open Seagrape at the Thompson in North Beach. On top of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Scarpetta's Marlon Rambaran Unveils New Dishes (Photos)

    Pasta lovers shed a tear when it was announced that Nina Compton would be leaving Scarpetta. Since the swank restaurant opened almost six years ago at the Fontainebleau, Scarpetta's kitchen has bid farewell to two great chefs: first Michael Pirolo, who went on to open Macchialina, and recently Compt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Nina Compton Leaving Scarpetta (Video)

    Nina Compton, who fascinated the United States on this season's Top Chef is leaving Scarpetta at the Fontainbleau Miami Beach. Although Compton didn't win the competition, she came in a close second and won the coveted "Fan Favorite" title. After the competition, Compton returned to Scarpetta to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means most of us have three whole days to enjoy Miami. And although this weekend tends to be quite hectic on the beaches, there's still plenty to do in the way of eating, drinking, and having a great time. From a killer barbecue that requires absolutely no work on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Top Chefs Nina Compton and Shirley Chung Team Up For Scarpetta Dinner

    If you were obsessed with last season's Top Chef, you were biting your nails at the edge of your seat, hoping for the inevitable Nina Compton Shirley Chung final death match....only to start throwing your gourmet truffle-scented popcorn at the television when Chung was eliminated at the last minute. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Top Ten Warning Signs You're Dating a Foodie

    Foodies -- they're like regular people, only more obnoxious and food-obsessed. Relax, we can say that -- we wear our douche-baguette card like a sad badge of honor that we would steal from a little old lady holding the last marble rye. Sure, Julia Child may have said, "People who love to eat are al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge: Gorgeous Food in a Mad Men Setting

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge has been open for only a month, but already the restaurant has been generating buzz. Scarpetta's Nina Compton tweeted pictures of her date night at the restaurant and at a recent awards ceremony, several chefs discussed the restaurant. It could be the restaurant's multi-lev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Nina Compton Serves Six-Course, $125 Dinner Straight Out of Top Chef

    Walk into Scarpetta on any given Saturday and it's obvious that magic is happening. The charmed Nina Compton is responsible for it. The executive chef recently made it to the Top Chef: New Orleans finale, only to lose to Nicholas Elmi at the very end in an unusual twist of fate. And by twist we mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Nina Compton on Life After Top Chef

    If you're a Top Chef fan (or fan of Miami's Nina Compton), you probably watched a bit smugly for Padma Lakshmi's pronouncement of the winner of this season, only to be in complete shock and denial when Nicholas Elmi was declared victorious. No doubt, all of Miami (and Saint Lucia) had thoughts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Best of Best of the Best

    Last evening's Best of the Best at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach lived up to its name. Each year, 50 of America's most celebrated chefs (as opposed to "celebrity chefs") outdo each other in a game of "my dish is more spectacular than yours." Diners marvel at exquisite oysters, tiny lobster souffles, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

    Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14 and if you haven't made your dinner reservations, we suggest you stop whatever you're doing and get on that! Luckily, just about every restaurant in Miami has a special offering. From complimentary champagne to dining in the dark, here's a rundown of roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Cochon 555: Jose Mendin Wins Big With A Lot of Pig (Photos)

    Last night, Cochon 555 made its return to Miami at the Four Seasons and it was epic. Five chefs competed, showcasing five heritage breed pigs, The bourbon and beer flowed, a butchering pop-up emerged in the center and in total 1,200 pounds of pork were devoured. The winner of the night was Pubbell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Top Chef: Nicholas Elmi Wins, Nina Compton is Fan Favorite

    From the start of competition during this season of Top Chef, Nina Compton has been the one to beat. Strong from the start, Compton wowed the judges with bold flavors derived from her Caribbean roots, formal training, and tenure in the kitchen at Miami Beach's Scarpetta. Now, after a long season, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Miami Marathon Carbo-Loading, Cheering, and Super Bowl Watch Parties

    This weekend is all about sports, and it's your choice. You can be an athlete by running the Miami Marathon or Half Marathon this Sunday, February 2, which takes runners on a 26.2- or 13.1-mile journey from downtown Miami, through South Beach, and then to Coconut Grove before finishing near Bayfront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Scarpetta's Nina Compton Advances to Top Chef Finals

    The last few moments of last night's Top Chef was tense, to say the least. Two cheftestants stood before the judges table, holding hands. One would end their journey, with the other advancing to the Top Chef finale and one step close to winning the title and $125,000 cash. Nina Compton and Shirley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Michael Pirolo and Nina Compton Host Offal Dinner at Macchialina Tonight

    Before being at the helm of Macchialina, Michael Pirolo cooked under the direction of Scott Conant at Scarpetta. So now that he decided to plan a special dinner at his current restaurant, he called in Nina Compton, chef de cuisine at Scarpetta, as his guest chef. Tonight, Compton and Pirolo will c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Scott Conant Dishes on Scarpetta's Fifth Anniversary, His New Book, and Miami's Food Scene

    Scott Conant has a lot of celebrating to do. The celebrity chef has just released The Scarpetta Cookbook ($22.71 on, which features 125 recipes from his award-winning Italian restaurant. Scarpetta's Miami outpost is also celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of special dinner ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    November 19, 2013

    Scott Conant to Host Dinner at Scarpetta Tomorrow Night

    Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has plenty of reasons to party. Chef de cuisine Nina Compton is kicking cheftestant ass in this season of Top Chef; Scarpetta is celebrating its fifth year in Miami; and celebrity chef Scott Conant recently released The Scarpetta Cookbook. So to celebrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    March of Dimes: Octopus Carpaccio, Pastrami-Cured Fluke, and More (Photos)

    Last night at the Hyatt Regency, dozens of chefs joined forces to raise money and awareness for March of Dimes, an organization that aims to give babies a healthy start in life. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation, and yesterday marked the sweet sixteen for the event. Participa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Top Chef New Orleans Recap: Rebuilding and Feeding

    New Orleans is one of the oldest and greatest cities in the United States, filled with people who have deep roots and love for their crazy, enchanted place in the world. A visit to the French Quarter or Garden District now, shows an area that's thriving and alive. But further up the road, there is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Top Chef New Orleans Recap: Miami is the Queen of the Swamps, Baby

    The first episode of every new season of Top Chef is chaotic. Montages of cheftestants pulling wheelie bags through airports and meeting their roommates takes up precious time. Plus, there are so many new faces to learn before the half dozen or so standouts rise up in the second or third episode. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Top Chef Season 11 Premieres Tonight: Miami Represents

    Season 11 of Top Chef, the Bravo cooking competition that paved the way for the cooking-show craze, premieres tonight. This time, the cheftestants compete in New Orleans, where regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons are joined by Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Though some critic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Miami Spice at Scarpetta: Full of Pleasant Surprises

    In 2008 something happened at Miami's most iconic resort property. LIV opened its doors at the Fontainebleau, changing the club scene in Miami forever. Girls in stiletto heels and spaghetti straps began to flood the lobby multiple times a week, making the ancient hotel coveted for many reasons. Beyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Macchialina's Michael Pirolo Lists His Five Favorite Restaurants

    Where the Chefs Eat is a series in which we ask Miami chefs to list their favorite local restaurants. In this installment, we spoke to Michael Pirolo -- previously chef at Scarpetta, now chef and partner of Macchialina on Alton Road -- about his preferred Magic City spots. By night, Michael Pirolo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Best Chefs in America: A Peer Review For Chefs Names Miami's Finest Toques

    There's nothing new about peer reviews. Many professions, most notably attorneys, scientists and physicians, frequently evaluate their peers in an effort to maintain a standard level of competence and acknowledge outstanding members of their field. With the publication of Best Chefs America, add che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    1. Lamb Agnolotti at Scarpetta

    New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue is here and, with this item, ;Short Order is officially done serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305!1. Lamb Agnolotti at Scarpetta This is a newer offering that chef de cuisine Nina Compton added to the menu at Scarpetta, and although there were a bunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Scarpetta's Michael Pirolo and Nina Compton, Incoming & Outgoing Chefs, Cook Up New Menu Items (Part Two)

    Two of the plates I tried while chatting with with Scarpetta's new chef de cuisine Nina Compton (who just took over the helms this week), and outgoing chef de cuisine Michael Pirolo (who is moving on to Macchialina Taverna Rustica) were new pasta compositions that chef Compton has created for the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Scarpetta's Michael Pirolo and Nina Compton, Incoming and Outgoing Chefs, Talk Conant, Pomodoro, and Flavor (Part One)

    Michael Pirolo, chef de cuisine at Scarpetta, worked his last day at the Fontainebleau restaurant last Friday; he is moving on to partner with the Pubbelly guys on Macchialina Taverna Rustica (820 Alton Road, in the space formerly filled by Silvano). Nina Compton, formerly Scarpetta's sous chef, has ... More >>

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