Rising Star Sommelier Emilie Perrier of Ai Fiori - Biography

New York, NY

April 2013

Originally from Roanne, France, Emilie Perrier came to New York City in 2003, where she began her culinary career at Murray’s Cheese Shop. She quickly switched gears from fromage to vin and received her American Sommelier certification in 2004, while working at Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Next she joined the wine team at The Modern as the assistant wine director. In 2007, Perrier moved on to become wine director at Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York City, where she fulfilled every sommelier’s dream: developing her own wine program instead of running an existing one.

In 2009, Perrier opened Sho Shaun Hergatt in New York’s Financial District (receiving one Michelin star for outstanding wine list) and was honored as a 2010 “Top Ten Best Sommelier North America” from Food and Wine Magazine. Also in 2010, Perrier joined the Michael White’s Altamarea Group to help open Ai Fiori in the Setai Hotel. She is now the resident wine director, pouring wines and serving guests with her pretense-free philosophy. Perrier reigns over a wine list hovering at 50 pages in length and boasting beloved American and New World Wines while maintaining an impressive selection of European staples. In 2013, Perrier was named 2013 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sommelier.