New head bartender at the American Bar, The Savoy

New head bartender at the American Bar, The Savoy

The American Bar at The Savoy has appointed Maxim Schulte as its new head bartender.

Previously helping to shape Asia’s bar scene at The Ritz Carlton in Macau, 29-year-old Schulte will be joining the American Bar’s team on August 20th and embarking with them on the latest exciting journey in the history of London’s oldest surviving cocktail bar.

The Savoy is a Fairmont managed hotel and part of the AccorHotels network.

German born, Schulte 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 in Macau.

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The road to winning one of the industry’s most coveted and well-known roles is not an easy one.

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.

Schulte said of his appointment: “Becoming the Head Bartender of the American Bar fills me with much pride and honour.

“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.”