But the job isn't for the casual food fan. The posting requires candidates to have "10+ years' of experience in hotel, restaurant or other relevant industry," plus "Extensive international knowledge of ingredients, culinary techniques, cuisines, and culinary fundamentals." Inspectors are required to eat at least 275 restaurant meals a year and are often asked to travel up to three weeks out of the month.
"The ideal candidate is preferably a chef, but we also have some managers, some people that have focused on wine," Rebecca Burr, the editor of the "Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland," tells CNN. "We need an appreciation of what it takes to run a restaurant."
They also need a commitment to anonymity. Inspectors are even known to adopt costumes and pseudonyms to keep their identities hidden from chefs and front-of-house staff. Keeping those fake identities straight can become a challenge, Burr says. "A colleague of mine walked down the stairs at a hotel, and the concierge said, 'Good evening Mr. Jones' ... and he just walked right by him."
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