The Savoy’s American Bar appoints new head bartender

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The American Bar at The Savoy has announced the appointment of Maxim Schulte as its new head bartender.

Previously helping to shape Asia’s bar scene at The Ritz Carlton in Macau, 29-year-old Maxim will be joining the American Bar’s team.

Maxim started his career in Hamburg before heading to China to work for the JW Marriot Hotel in Hong Kong. Since then, he has headed up teams in Bangkok and Saudi Arabia before being appointed head bartender at The Ritz Carlton S.A.R Macau.

The Savoy’s extensive interview process, headed up by bar manager Declan McGurk, was as much about the candidate’s personality as his or her technical abilities behind the bar.

Declan said: “I am so thrilled to welcome Maxim Schulte into both the American Bar and Savoy family. The task of filling the role of head bartender is one that I took on with great seriousness and feel that Maxim appeals uniquely to a high number of requirements.

“I look forward to seeing his creativity in action and most importantly enjoying time with our guests and inspiring our teams. Good Luck Maxim and thank you to the American Bar team for setting him up for such a great start.”

Upon the commencement of his role in August, Maxim will be introduced to the workings of the American Bar and will embark on a detailed three-week induction to The Savoy, where he will learn about the rich history, traditions and values associated with the hotel.

Following this, Maxim and his American Bar team will begin the discussions and creative processes involved in creating a new menu, ready for a brand new era for this well-loved institution.

Maxim said: “Becoming the head bartender of the American Bar fills me with much pride and honor.

“The bar has so much history and has contributed to most bar movements around the planet. The position obviously comes with a high status in the bar world, but what most thrills me is to be part of such an excellent team and one that has achieved so much over the years both in the American Bar and in The Savoy.

“It will be an amazing experience with much to learn and much to do! I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and am bursting with anticipation.”

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