Yannick Benjamin is a restaurateur and veteran in the wine and hospitality Industry with over twenty-five years experience.
He is a proud New Yorker born into a family of French restaurateurs.
He knew that hospitality was his calling from a young age. Yannick worked at The University Club, Le Cirque, Oceana, Jean-Georges, Atlas, 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.
Now Yannick looks at the world through another lens and one that includes a world without limitations. The level of empathy that Yannick brings to the table is like no other and shines through his work.
His experience gives him a creative edge like no other. He offers a unique vision and one that elevates the hospitality industry to where it needs to be.
Yannick opened his first restaurant “Contento” in 2021.
Since opening “Contento” it has been named, hot new restaurant and top bar in NYC.
In addition, the restaurant received a glowing review in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Yannick has been recognized for making the restaurant barrier free and accessible to all, both guests and employees.
His non-profit “Wine on Wheels” enhances the quality of life for people living with disabilities. His annual wine event is where his passion for hospitality and awareness for people with disabilities come together.
At this event hundreds of esteemed sommeliers come together to pour over 200 wines from around the world for the charity.
Yannick’s tireless work and innovative vision brings awareness and visibility to seldom-heard voices in the wine industry.
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