Want to get paid to eat poutine? Here's how

La Poutine Week is the perfect reason to ditch your healthy new year habits and indulge in some of the best gooey dishes the country can offer.
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You may want to rethink your New Year's resolution.

Applications are now open for judges of La Poutine Week, which means you could be eating some of your city’s best poutine for the sake of research.

La Poutine Week got its cheesy start in Montreal seven years ago, and now more than 350,000 restaurants submit their own version of the gooey masterpiece for the contest. Although poutine is traditionally a Canadian dish, restaurants from across the world now participate in the festivities.

Judges from each participating city will receive up to $99 to purchase their poutines. Registration for the role of official judge closes on Jan. 15.


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Even if you don’t score the title of official judge, you can still go try the participating poutines and vote online for your favourite.

Not only will there be one champion poutine, but there is also subcategories like the most original poutine, people’s choice and judges’ choice.

Although the traditional poutine consists simply of fries, cheese curds and gravy, the contest is open to vegan, dessert and other variations of the dish. Some of the winners from last year’s contest include poutines laid atop a traditionally sweet Beaver Tail, one inspired by the Vietnamese soup Pho, and many with - gasp - vegetables.


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Registered restaurants will receive promotional material, voting cards for their guests and will be featured in advertisements on La Poutine Week’s social media platforms.

Participating restaurants will be unveiled in late January.

Click here to apply as a judge, and here to register your restaurant.

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