Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier, The University Club, New York

Yannick Benjamin on what language he prefers to be yelled at in, the one question he would ask his dog, working out 70-days straight, meditating at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and never planning to slow down.

Yannick is the Head Sommelier of The University Club, and has worked for many highly regarded restaurants throughout NYC: Le Cirque, Oceana, Jean-Georges, and Felidia, just to name a few. In 2003, a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. However, his passion for wine drove him to quickly adapt, outfitting his wheelchair with a table that allowed him to continue working as a sommelier. Yannick went on to create “Wine on Wheels,” which brings hundreds of esteemed sommeliers together to pour wines from around the world for the charity, and the event is now going on its eighth year. He is planning on opening his first restaurant, Contento NYC, in the spring of 2021, which will be located in East Harlem.

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