Jack Mason developed a fondness for the food and beverage industry while working in local restaurants in his hometown of College Station, TX. His interest in wine was piqued while taking a wine education requirement at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Upon graduation, Jack left to enroll in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Following his Cornell graduation, Jack returned to Texas to begin his career in Houston as a Sommelier at the Grand Award-winning Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.
In 2013, Jack moved to NYC to work in various notable restaurants. He refined his knowledge and passion of Italian wine as Sommelier of several Michael White Italian restaurants, including Ai Fiori and Marea. The following year, he joined famed restaurateur Danny Meyer to open MARTA as the wine director. In 2015, Jack was inducted into the Court of Master Sommeliers. Jack decided it was time to return to his Texas roots in November 2016 and re-joined the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse team.
Accolades & Publications
- The Court of Master Sommeliers – Master Sommelier (2015)
- Food & Wine – Sommeliers of the Year (2016)
- Forbes – 30 Under 30 (2015)
- Wine & Spirits – Best New Sommelier (2015)
- Zagat – 30 Under 30 NYC (2015)