All our MCSD are taught by Yamir Pelegrino, PhD. Yamir was born in Cuba, he holds a degree in Social Sciences, a JD, a Master in Wine & Spirits Education and a PhD in Tourism. He is President of the American Gourmet Academy (AGA), Honorary President and Director of Education of the International Association of Cigar Sommeliers (IACS) and Honorary Maître of the Republic of Cuba.
He was awarded “Best Sommelier of 2017” by Excellencias group and obtained the Gourmand World Cookbooks Award twice (Considered as the Nobel of Gastronomic Literature). Best known as the “Sommelier of the Stars”, Yamir has hosted dinners with more than 54 Michellin Stars being responsible of the wine and cigar pairing.
Yamir is a pioneer of the cigar education, 30 years ago he co-created the Habano Sommelier concept. He has been jury of the International Habano Sommelier Contest and facilitator of cigar training seminars in the Habano Fest in Cuba, Procigar Festival in the Dominican Republic and Puro Sabor Festival in Nicaragua.