Michelin Inspectors: Food Industry Spies

A chef’s toughest critic isn’t the woman at the corner table who sent back her cod, or the man at table five nibbling on a steak tartar appetizer — unless one of them is a Michelin inspector. Chances are, they’ll never know.

The super secret spies of the restaurant industry, Michelin inspectors are the anonymous, incorruptible keepers of the coveted Michelin star rating. They’ve been writing anonymous reports of restaurants for over 100 years.

“We say it’s a little like the CIA,” said inspector “M,” with a laugh. She asked that her identity not be revealed. “My whole life is staying under the radar, staying away from cameras, using fake names, trying to sneak in and out of restaurants unnoticed.”

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