Eating at the best restaurants is a full-time gig.

By Jordi Lippe and Jordi Lippe-McGraw
March 25, 2016
food stall in Place Jemaa el-Fna
Credit: (c) Martin Child

Getting paid to eat and travel the world sounds like a dream come true. Well, for one lucky woman it’s a reality. Helen Teschauer works as a Restaurant Development Manager at Hilton Hotels, and part of her job is to visit new bars and restaurants all over the world as research for the hospitality brand.

Along with her small team, Helen travels through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East reporting on the trends in food and design that could affect decisions made at any of the 4,600 Hilton properties. “To ensure the restaurants and bars we develop fit, it’s important to understand the hotel, city and also the food and drink culture and trends and in each city,” she told the Daily Mail.

So, what does a typical day look like for this dream job? Helen plots her route before heading to any destination to make sure she checks out the various hot spots. Once there, she’ll go for a run to get the lay of the land before heading to as many bars and restaurants as possible. While in the various eateries, Helen takes note of the design, services, and clientele, while also asking locals for their impressions and tips.

This intel then informs the design and cuisine of a Hilton hotel, a process which can take up to three years and multiple visits. Currently, she is working on an opening in Belgrade in 2017, redevelopment of Hilton Malta, and the first Canopy by Hilton to open in Reykjavik.