“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the school that laid out the foundations of my career as a Sommelier. I wouldn’t be on the path I’m on today without the early guidance of Scott Carney and the talented roster of Master Sommeliers, from whom I’ve learned so much. Considering the long line of outstanding alumni before me, there is much for me to live up to and the continued pursuit of excellence is a challenge I very much look forward to. I feel quite lucky being able to pursue my passion in wine every day and look towards paying it forward in the future.”
From Manila to Japan and finally NYC, Jhonel Faelner landed in the Big Apple to pursue his love of wine after a stint in fashion and being swept up by the wine culture in Japan. In 2013, Jhonel received scholarships from both the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center to attend ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program. Upon completion of the program, he successfully passed the CMS Certified Sommelier Exams. After, he worked his way thru One Five Hospitality and the Make It Nice family at The Nomad before running the wine program at one of the country’s hottest restaurants. In 2017 Jhonel was awarded ICC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Outstanding Sommelier. Jhonel is an Advanced Sommelier studying for his MS; he is a Wine and Spirits Best New Sommelier for 2018 and the Wine Director at Atomix in NYC.