Last week poutinewar was invited for a radio interview at Radio-Canada for a show called Medium-Large. I don’t get the name of that show; Choose a size, to begin with!
Anyways, it’s a fairly popular radio show in the morning that I had listened to a few times and enjoyed quite a bit.
We were invited to talk about why poutine was becoming popular in Toronto, Canada and to a larger extent, the rest of the world. They wanted to explore the feeling that Québécois had about people from Canada taking ownership of the poutine. The subject was intriguing and fun so we decided to go for it. We also have a ‘’never say no to media policy’’.
The night before the interview I prepared myself and read as much as I could on the subject so I wouldn’t sound TOO dumb. It’s Radio-Canada, you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about. I found an article from the Harretz newspaper in Israel talking about poutine. I found tons of newspaper articles from Toronto and beyond singing the praises of poutine. I had loads of tasty little nuggets of info ready to share with the morning listeners of Radio-Canada. I felt good. I felt confident.
The person I had spoken to on the phone, who had given me a phone interview, had told me that there were gonna be some other people being interviewed at the same time as me: A roundtable of sorts.
When I got there in the morning, I was pretty nervous. This was our second time doing radio, and my first time doing it alone. Radio Canada is a crazy huge building/bunker and really not the easiest to navigate.
Once I found the studio I waited in silence for a few minutes until someone noticed me and kinda acknowledged that I belonged where I was sitting. After a few minutes someone came beside me, an older man, bald, smiley and very talkative. We chatted for a few minutes before being called in for the interview. I find out that this is gonna be the person that I will be conversing with about poutine. He is a french-born UQAM professor, in anthropology, and sociology, who specializes in Québec gastronomy. He has dedicated his professional life to the subject of traditional Québécois fare.
Oh yeah… and this guy hates poutine.
According to him it’s the worse thing that has ever happened to food, bare none. It should be forgotten and never spoken about again until eternity.
I was surprised, to say the least, that this guy had been invited to speak about poutine but hates poutine. It’s really not what I had expected and I just wasn’t ready to spar about wether poutine was good or bad with a university professor!
Anyways I still enjoyed the experience of being on the radio and would do it again in a heart beat.
Here’s the interview, for those who haven’t heard it: