Maxim Schulte has been announced as the new head bartender for The Savoy’s American Bar, stepping into the shoes of outgoing Erik Lorincz.
The position is one of the most coveted in the industry, having been held by the likes of Ada "Coley" Coleman in 1903 and Harry Craddock in the 1920s, to recent veterans Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli.
29-year-old Schulte will be joining the American Bar’s team on August 20, from his previous post at The Ritz Carlton in Macau.
‘Becoming the Head Bartender of the American Bar fills me with much pride and honour,’ said Schulte of his appointment. ‘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.’
Hailing from Germany, 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 landing his last job in The Ritz as head bartender. He also claimed the title of Beefeater MIXLDN7 Global Winner earlier this year.
‘I am so thrilled to welcome Maxim Schulte into both the American Bar and Savoy family,’ said bar manager Declan McGurk. ‘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.’