The American Bar at The Savoy hotel in London has appointed Maxim Schulte as its new head bartender.
Previously helping to shape Asia’s bar scene at The Ritz Carlton in Macau, Schulte, 29, will be joining the American Bar’s team on 20 August 2018.
Schulte was born in Germany and began 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.
His inventive cocktails secured the bar 48th place in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018, a first for Macau and for Marriott International. His passion for cocktail making as an art form also earned him the title of Beefeater MIXLDN7 Global Winner earlier this year.
The American Bar has only seen 10 head bartenders in its 125-year history, from Ada “Coley” Coleman in 1903 and Harry Craddock in the 1920s to recent veterans, Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli and, the soon to be leaving Erik Lorincz, Schulte will be the 11th.
Schulte’s very first job application after leaving university was at The Savoy and he has said that if he were to ever work in London, he would want to work at the American Bar.
Declan McGurk, bar manager, 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.”
Schulte added: “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.”