Chef Nina Clemente grew up on a steady diet of high art and high fashion. Through her parents, artist Francesco and costume designer Alba Clemente, she was exposed to both worlds in her family’s native Italy, the art scenes in New York and Los Angeles, and a few other inspirational destinations in between. Lauren Hutton is her godmother; Keith Haring, a childhood pal (guess who Haring is referring to in Nina’s Book of Little Things?). Choosing cooking as her medium, Clemente has made a name for herself by approaching food with the same curiosity and excitement about presentation and, in this case, flavor, as would any other artist. Originally at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, she’s moved to its New York spot — just in time for summer.
Credits and love: Taylor Jewell