Women working in F&B, particularly drinks, are not what you would call a dime a dozen. But a growing number of female professionals in the field are changing that.

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, we catch up with three no-nonsense, passionate and creative professionals who will tell you it’s no bed of roses working in a man’s world—but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Bannie Kang, head craftsman at Anti:dote

Bannie Kang first discovered a love for bartending while waitressing at Fairmont Singapore‘s City Space over a decade ago. She then proceeded to learn about bartending by taking a few courses in Korea before returning to Fairmont.

Bannie Kang, Anti:dote's head craftsman

Bannie Kang, Anti:dote’s head craftsman

Now, she helms the bar at Swissotel The Stamford and has received recognition in various competitions— locally and internationally. Most recently in 2017, she was a finalist in Speed Rack Asia—an Asian spin-off of the American all-women bartenders’ competition.

Read our full interview with Bannie here — she gives us some insight into her journey in the drinks industry as well as some challenges she’s had to face over the years.

Symphony Loo, group bar manager of The Dandy Partnership

Malaysia-born Symphony Loo started her career at the young age of 13. She started working in bars just before going into university, and that’s where her interest for cocktails and bartending began.

Symphony Loo, The Dandy Partnership's group bar manager

Symphony Loo, The Dandy Partnership’s group bar manager

Since then, she’s made quite a name for herself—from heading up the bar at Neon Pigeon to becoming The Dandy Partnership’s group bar manager. She now is in charge of The Summerlong, Neon Pigeon, Fat Prince and The Ottomani—all under management of The Dandy Partnership.

Read our full interview with Symphony here. She shares her thoughts on her journey and how the industry has changed.

Sally Humble, restaurant manager at Tippling Club

Since she was 18, Sally knew that wine would be a big part of her life.

Tippling Club's restaurant manager Sally Humble

Tippling Club’s restaurant manager Sally Humble

Armed with a Certified Sommelier qualification awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Sally went on to work in various restaurants and has since gained over a decade of experience. Now she is restaurant manager at Tippling Club and works alongside chef-owner Ryan Clift and head bartender Joseph Schofield.

Read our full interview with Sally here. She shares more about the wine industry, her past struggles and some interesting advice with aspiring female sommeliers.

And these three are just a handful of up and coming women in the local food & beverage scene. For more stories on talented women in F&B, grab a copy of our Mar/Apr #WonderWomen issue.

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