Singapore, 2022-Mar-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Born and raised in Incheon, Korea, Sophia Kang was introduced to the vibrant bar scene as part of Manhattan’s pre-opening team back in 2014 at Regent Singapore (formerly a Four Seasons hotel). Having worked her way up from a service staff to the first and only female bartender in the World’s 50 Best Bars #15 and Asia’s 50 Best Bars #6, Sophia now takes the reins as Head Bartender at One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
Piqued by the art and magic of bartending, Sophia seized the opportunity to train as a bartender while juggling her role as a service staff member at Manhattan. Not one to be easily deterred, she faced uphill challenges with determination and passion to perfect her craft. This tenacity and passion continues to propel her up the ranks as she took over the position of Head Bartender from her mentor, Cedric Mendoza, and now heads up One-Ninety Bar.
A familiar face in the local and international bar community, Sophia participated in several regional competitions and seminars, as well as numerous guest shifts at renowned bars around the world. She had also successfully reinterpreted the classic Aviation by barrel ageing the cocktail to get a well-crafted, unique concoction, which has since remained a crowd favourite on Manhattan’s rickhouse menu.
When she is not shaking things up behind the bar, Sophia enjoys travelling, catching up on Korean and American dramas, and hunting down new coffee and drink spots with her friends. Her favourite must-have cocktail is a good old-fashioned Whiskey Sour – simple, sophisticated, and with an edgy sharpness – an apt reflection of her personality.
“We are very excited to have Sophia leading the team at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. I’m confident that her engaging personality, creativity and passion in her craft will continue to elevate and excite guests at One-Ninety Bar and Singapore’s growing cocktail scene,” shared Giovanni Speciale, Director of Food & Beverage and Culinary Operations at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
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Source: Four Seasons Hotels & Resort