They’re like the secret agents of the culinary industry. They dine at the most prestigious restaurants all under the guise of anonymity.

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Those who operate within this completely nameless profession have dedicated themselves to providing foodies and travelers alike with the world’s top-notch recommendations for more than a century.

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SFGATE spoke to one of Michelin’s chief anonymous inspectors ahead of the Michelin Star Revelation 2022 awards ceremony on Dec. 5

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which honors California restaurants seeking the highly sought-after Michelin Star recognition. This year, the event is hosted at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

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Michelin’s inspection team is made up of hotel professionals with at least 10 years of work experience in that particular field, according to one of the guide’s anonymous chief inspectors

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Inspectors are also known to have culinary degrees, have worked in either the front or back of the house and may even be a trusted sommelier.

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“Keeping anonymous, that's a challenge,” Michelin’s chief anonymous inspector told SFGATE.

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“It's interesting. It's something that we think of every day, but it's really no easy feat. And it's something that is paramount to the success of our position as inspectors doing what we do.”

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