In Caribbean and Creole folk tales, Compère Lapin is the name of a mischievous rabbit. In New Orleans, it’s the name of Nina Compton’s polished Caribbean restaurant that draws on her memories of growing up on the island of St Lucia in the West Indies. Some will know Compton as a James Beard award winner. Others will recognise her from her runner-up finish on Top Chef. Readers of The Local Tongue, meanwhile, will come to know her as their go-to for eating and drinking advice in the Big Easy.