Words by My-hoa Nguyen / Ingmar Voerman
This autumn marks the tenth anniversary of the ever popular MOMO Restaurant, Lounge and Bar in Amsterdam. The silent star behind MOMO's 'glam packed' cocktail bar is bar manager My-hoa Nguyen (27). Time for a small chat about My-hoa's career so far.
My-hoa: "I was born and raised in a tiny city called Harderwijk. As a little kid I’ve started working in hospitality when I was 14. I started as a kitchen porter till I was old enough to serve alcohol. When I turned 16 (which used to be the legal age to serve beer & wine, I became a waitress.
When I finally finished high school I immediately grabbed my stuff and moved to Amsterdam. I wasn’t a a pro in studying, so after 2 years I’ve dropped it and started working fulltime. I’ve done several different things; I was a model, worked at Models at Work & Showpony for hostess jobs, was the door host of club Jimmy Woo and worked as a waitress on the Rembrandt Square.
Next to my busy work schedules I was hanging around in the bar scene, where I got approached to work at ‘MOMO Restaurant, Lounge & Bar’ from The Entourage Group. I started off as a cocktail waitress, and eventually would have the opportunity to become a bartender. And that happened.
I have been working for The Entourage Group for almost six years now. In the past years I became Head Bartender at MOMO and I not long after, I moved to MR PORTER to become bar manager. After a year I got asked to return to MOMO for the same position, and that’s where I’m at today."