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Poutine has gone from rural Quebec delicacy to national icon. Here's where it all started

Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he learns how this regional favourite became an iconic Canadian dish.

And remember: the cheese needs to be squeaky.

Poutine, a gooey, gut-busting dish once enjoyed only in La belle province, has become a global favourite. Invented in rural Quebec in the mid-'50s, the combination of crisp fries, salty gravy and fresh cheese curds has become a national symbol — with everyone putting their own spin on it. 

Although the exact origin of poutine is hotly debated, Charles-Alexandre Théorêt, author of Maudite Poutine!, has narrowed the search to two Quebec cities: Warwick and Drummondville.

Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he learns how this regional favourite became an iconic Canadian dish. 


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