CORNWALL, Ontario – With our forks down and our bellies full of gravy and fries, the judges of Taste Tour Poutine Edition have finally selected a winner for this year’s competition.
With nine mouthwatering dishes in the Poutine Tour, the final decision was not unanimous or easy to make. Each poutine was judged on four categories: creativity, presentation, taste and execution. The judges were searching for a tasty dish that looked delicious and met high expectations, exemplifying a creative and cohesive mix of flavours.
The Judge’s Choice Award for Best Poutine of 2019 is awarded to Sheep’s Head Bistro for The Kitchen Sink Poutine. This dish took an East Coast inspiration, consisting of fries, curds and gravy topped with stuffing & haddock nuggets.
In a close second place was Schnitzels Duck Duck Crunch, a signature wood oven thin crust pizza topped with grainy mustard gravy, mozzarella and St. Alberts cheese curds, pulled duck confit, green onions and finished with herbed oil and crunchy potato kettle chips.
Judges Jason McNamara, Ally St-Jean, Michelle Allinotte and myself (Shawna O’Neill) embarked on our judging endeavor on Friday, May 24, and were happy to indulge in all of the creative dishes offered. The expansive realm of ideas and tastes showcased the true professionalism and artistry of local chefs, making us truly appreciative of what culinary creations are offered in Cornwall, SDG&A.
Members of the community who were actively participating in the tour who posted on social media did not go unnoticed! Taste creators would like to thank all participants and look forward to incorporating their keen palates on our judging panel in the future.
Considering the dishes with the most votes from the public, the People’s Choice Award for Best Poutine of 2019 is awarded to Lancaster Pizzeria’s Poutzzine, a plate of pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, curds, fries and gravy.
Second place in the public’s eye was Melted Mayhem’s Smoked Pulled Pork Poutine. The dish held St. Alberts cheese curds, smoked sea salted fries, gravy, smoked pulled pork, homemade coleslaw, topped with smoked BBQ sauce. This is the first time Melted Mayhem has participated in a Taste Tour event!
“We are so happy with the response we had from Cornwall & area residents participating in this year’s TASTE TOUR POUTINE EDITION,” said Patrick Larose, Media Strategy Manager. “Also a HUGE shout out to our nine restaurant participants for doing an outstanding job putting their spin on unique poutine creations. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all of you! We can’t wait to start planning TASTE TOUR BURGER EDITION.”
To check out all of the Taste Tour Poutine Edition participants, click the link here.
To check out how all of the nine dishes were made, visit our Youtube channel playlist here.
To see social media posts from community members who participated in the tour and showed off their meals, search the #TasteTour.