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Mohamed Rudi

Mohamed Rudi

Manager

With more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Rudi joined The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore in 2010 as an assistant manager for Greenhouse restaurant. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to helm Chihuly Lounge and has worked closely with the talented bar team to achieve the accolade of 2019 50 Best Discovery.

A true hotelier at heart, Rudi prides himself in delivering warm, genuine and personalised care for his guests, and derives his service philosophy from the desire to create guests for life.

Rudi is thrilled to be welcoming guests to the Republic and looks forward to leading the team in reaching new heights.

Male bartender in uniform

Martin Villareal

Head Bartender
Male bartender in uniform

Martin Villareal

Head Bartender

Martin's interest in bartending was sparked in 2014 when he won a hotel organised beverage competition, which eventually led him to pursue his dreams of being a bartender. Passionate about engaging with guests over the bar counter, Martin gathers inspiration from his life experiences when conceiving new cocktails.

He once took three months to perfect his cocktail recipe for the 2017 BACARDI® Legacy SEA competition, where he was named a finalist for his cocktail "Helena" -  named in memory of his late mother. He was also crowned first runner-up in Marriott International's 2018 Liquid Masters competition.

Martin pays homage to Singapore's humble history as a fishing village with the "Mythical Beast" cocktail - a refreshing twist on the classic gimlet by incorporating barley, a commonly traded commodity in the 1960s.

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David Kim

Senior Bartender
Male bartender in uniform

David Kim

Senior Bartender

A Korean native, David joined The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore as a bartender in 2016 and earned his stripes very quickly.

In 2017, he took part in his first competition and was one of eight finalists in the Diageo World Class competition. He also won the 2017 Singapore Gin Jubilee competition with his "High Five" cocktail that included Korean soju infused with omija berries, as a tribute to his Korean heritage. He was also a finalist in the Singapore leg of the Chivas Masters and Campari bartender competitions in 2019. Together with fellow bartender, Ralph Salcedo, they finished as first runner-up in the 2019/2020 Rémy Martin Barrel Aged Cocktail Competition.

David's "Dawn of a New Era" cocktail references the 1960 Rome summer Olympics, and is a coffee cocktail that comprises Italian amaro, juniper liqueur and star anise.

Female bartender in uniform

Michelle Ki

Senior Bartender
Female bartender in uniform

Michelle Ki

Senior Bartender

Michelle first started her bartending career at The Secret Bar near Seoul, and grew a fondness for the industry. After graduating from university, Michelle embarked on a search for bartending opportunities and moved to Singapore, where an encounter with Head Bartender, Martin Villareal, inspired her to join the bar team at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

In 2019, Michelle was nominated as a "Rising Star" in the SG Nightlife Awards, and is a finalist in the ongoing 2020 BarStar Award. Even though bartending is still pretty much considered a male dominated industry, Michelle believes that female bartenders can equally hold their own, and her natural charm makes it easy for her to connect with guests across the bar.

Michelle uses watermelon Riesling and select bitters infused with lychee oolong and peach jasmine soda, in her "Valentino Red" cocktail. An eye-catching red coral tulle garnish inspired by 1960s fashion sits atop this fruity cocktail.