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Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier, University Club
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Yannick is the Head Sommelier at the University Club and an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers . He is a proud New Yorker born into a family of French restaurateurs who knew that hospitality was his calling from a young age. Yannick worked at Le Cirque, Oceana, Jean-Georges, and Atlas before becoming a sommelier at Felidia and Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton. In 2003, a car accident left Benjamin paralyzed below the waist and he quickly adapted, outfitting his wheelchair with a table that allows him to work the floor as a sommelier. Benjamin met his best friend Alex Elegudin in rehab and they cofounded Wheeling Forward, a powerhouse nonprofit driving progress in the disability community.
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