“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.”

Jhonel received scholarships from both the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center to attend ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program in 2013. Currently a Sommelier at the NoMad Restaurant in New York, Jhonel has been with the Make It Nice family since 2015 and has taken the helm of the NoMad’s Beer Program. In 2016, Jhonel became the first ICC graduate to pass the Advanced Sommelier Examinations of the CMS, and is currently preparing for the rigorous Master Sommelier examinations in 2018.


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