It’s quite remarkable how food can play such an important role in a nation’s history.
Poutine is a dish originating in the 1950’s from the Canadian province of Quebec, consisting of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy.
The dish has long been associated with the cuisine of Quebec but for many years it was mocked by outsiders and even used as a way of putting down Quebec society.
But that has all changed with poutine now celebrated as a symbol of Québécois cultural pride. Its rise in cultural importance has also seen it become increasingly popular outside the province, especially in the rest of Central Canada and in the North-eastern United States.
Poutine really came to international prominence when it was served at the White House in March 2016 during the first State Dinner between Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
And that’s when the cheese curd revolution began. (Well truth be told Little Miss Muffet had already discovered cheese curds in 1805).