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St. Lucian Chef Nina Compton Still the People's Champ

Written by Matthew Hunte On 14 February 2014 @ 16:30 pm | No Comments

In Caribbean, Citizen Media, English, Food, Media & Journalism, Saint Lucia, Weblog

Saint Lucian chef Nina Compton [1], daughter of the late Prime Minister John Compton, was recently the runner-up for the 11th season of the cooking reality show [2]Top Chef [3]. Nicholas Elmi [4] eventually won, but Compton's participation on the show was a major topic of discussion on social media, particularly in the online group Saint Lucians Aiming for Progress [5].

The group organized a public screening of the Top Chef finale at the Derek Walcott Square [6] in the middle of the island's capital [7]. Many observers were surprised that Compton was not named the winner, but she did manage to clinch the “Fan Favorite” award [8] and the US $10,000 prize that went along with it – an indication of the high level of online support she received. After the show, Compton was named a “culinary ambassador” [9]by Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism, Lorne Theophilus.

Compton received massive support over Twitter via the hashtags #TeamNina [10], #TeamGreenFigAndSaltFish [11], #Team758 [12] and #NinaNation [13]. Some users of the microblogging service voiced their displeasure with her second place finish, but most were more concerned about congratulating her on her success:

One Twitter user sardonically suggested that Compton could have won she had used his suggestion:

Trinidadian fashion designer Anya Ayoung-Chee, who won the fashion competition Project Runway in 2011 [21], also tweeted her support for Compton:


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[1] Nina Compton: https://www.facebook.com/chefninacompton

[2] John Compton, was recently the runner-up for the 11th season of the cooking reality show : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Compton

[3] Top Chef: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Chef

[4] Nicholas Elmi: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Top-Chef-Elmi-on-winning-3-bells-.html

[5] Saint Lucians Aiming for Progress: https://www.facebook.com/groups/282803341756900/

[6] Derek Walcott Square: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Walcott_Square

[7] the island's capital: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castries

[8] clinch the “Fan Favorite” award: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2014/02/top_chef_nicholas_elmi_nina_comptonscarpettas_nina_compton_top_ch.php

[9] named a “culinary ambassador” : http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/02/10/st-lucia-names-chef-nina-compton-first-ever-culinary-ambassador/

[10] #TeamNina: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23teamnina&src=typd

[11] #TeamGreenFigAndSaltFish: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23teamgreenfigandsaltfish&src=typd

[12] #Team758: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23team758&src=typd

[13] #NinaNation: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ninanation&src=typd

[14] #topchef: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23topchef&src=hash

[15] February 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/carnille/statuses/431315505312698368

[16] #TeamNina: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TeamNina&src=hash

[17] #TopChef: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TopChef&src=hash

[18] February 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/Lanzie_04/statuses/431264398687367169

[19] #teamgreenfigandsaltfish: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23teamgreenfigandsaltfish&src=hash

[20] February 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/MegabiteVictor/statuses/431380356432793600

[21] Anya Ayoung-Chee, who won the fashion competition Project Runway in 2011: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/10/29/trinidad-tobago-celebrating-anyas-project-runway-win/

[22] @nina_compton: https://twitter.com/nina_compton

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[25] Edsel Little's flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edsel_/

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