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Poutine: Quebecois or Canadian?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jan 31, 2018
  • 12:39

Guest: Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, Food Systems Graduate Student, University of Vermont All the Canada travel guides say you have to eat poutine when you visit. And they’re totally right. I mean, it’s a bowl of crispy fries, topped with gooey cheese curd and hot gravy. It’s pretty straight forward and so tasty. But lately, poutine has become a sore point for some in Quebec, which is the French region of Canada where the dish originated. See, chefs across Canada have embraced poutine as a gourmet treat and now claim it as their own, ignoring the fact that for decades poutine was looked down on as a symbol of Quebec’s lack of sophistication.