The Michelin Guide is the longest running, and most established, restaurant ratings service in the world. It started in France in 1900, and now publishes 24 guides around the world. London has their own guide, as does Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Germany and Spain. France takes their little red book the most seriously, and rightly so. It’s the O.G. and most influential in a country that counts dining out as a national pastime.
But what about New York City, which started publishing a guide in 2005? We’d say that outside of the weekly New York Times review, Michelin is the most influential — particularly for those restaurants awarded three stars (the highest rating possible). Gaining, or losing, a star can greatly impact business, which is why you will find many of the city’s top chefs basically freak out each spring when the results are published. So, it’s fair to say that hiring the right Michelin inspectors is pretty important to the while process.
Yesterday it was reported that the highly secretive guide is currently looking for an inspector in New York City. We've posted the job description below, and started thinking about what makes an ideal candidate. Here are some key responsibilities and qualifications, with some questions. Lots of questions.
- Completes extensive documentation of inspections including written reports, social media content and photography to the required standards. So, tweeting is part of the gig?
- Works collaboratively with other inspectors and administrative department effectively without regular office presence to ensure effective sharing of information. Michelin inspectors have to bro-down with each other?
- Contributes to ongoing improvement of products, PR, social media and marketing efforts. So you have to bring BIG ideas to the table?
- Completes personal administration including travel arrangements, expense reports, office duties, etc. in a timely fashion. No assistants?
- Attention to detail, strong skills of observation, memory for cuisine. So, basically, you will be typing into your iPhone the entire meal?
- Formal wine studies or work experience as sommelier. Does watching the movie Somm count?
- Natural sensory talent for tasting, analyzing food. OK, so NO YELPERS. There is no question there.
Michelin, the Worldwide leader in Tires, with a commercial presence in over 170 Countries.
We are currently searching for a Michelin Guide Inspector. The Michelin Guide Inspector anonymously inspects hotels and restaurants for the MICHELIN guides and determines their suitability for inclusion in our selections in North America and relevant classifications.
Maintains the integrity and reputation of the MICHELIN guide in the industry and press.
Strategically completes all assigned inspections in North America within set timelines applying the MICHELIN guide methodology consistently and objectively.
Researches assigned areas and maintains comprehensive coverage of all restaurants, hotels and food-related business within.
Plans annual program of work and meets all set deadlines.
Ensures accurate factual information is communicated effectively for inclusion in print and digital products.
Ensures accurate and up-to-date written matter as assigned and on deadline.
Coordinates with other inspectors to ensure effective inspection plan and most accurate and best quality resulting product.
Completes extensive documentation of inspections including written reports, social media content and photography to the required standards.
Participates in production phase of print products.
Works collaboratively with other inspectors and administrative department effectively without regular office presence to ensure effective sharing of information.
Contributes to ongoing improvement of products, PR, social media and marketing efforts.
Maintains 100% anonymity both individually and of team members.
Completes personal administration including travel arrangements, expense reports, office duties, etc. in a timely fashion.
Michelin believes that a comprehensive benefit plan is an important component of its overall employee Total Rewards Program. A few highlights from the Michelin North America's Benefits Program:
Healthcare: Major Medical and preventive care; Dental; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); Supplemental Vision Plan.
Life Insurance: Group Term life; Short-Term and long-term disability.
Retirement and Savings Plan: Defined contribution pension; 401k savings plan: 529 college savings plan.
Join Michelin and start your career moving forward. Your job with Michelin marks the start of a shared adventure and your first step on the road to professional mobility. Our highly adaptable employees are offered a variety of career opportunities with an international flavor, interacting with people from different culture and experiences.
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Michelin is an Equal Opportunity Employer*
Bachelor's degree in culinary or equivalent degree
10+ years' of experience in hotel, restaurant or other relevant industry
This position requires 50-75% travel and regular evening work hours.
Integrity, discretion and respect for requirement of anonymity
Extensive international knowledge of ingredients, culinary techniques, cuisines, and culinary fundamentals.
Flexibility; ability to adjust to change easily and adapt to changing work environment; Ability to work independently
Attention to detail, strong skills of observation, memory for cuisine
Excellent writing skills, Solid organizational skills
Natural sensory talent for tasting, analyzing food
Good interpersonal skills, able to work collaboratively and remotely.
Formal wine studies or work experience as sommelier
Excellent research skills; extensive familiarity with restaurant and food-related media.
NO RELOCATION BENEFIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR THIS POSITION