Barrie's 'Deep-Fried Diva' set for poutine-eating challenge
Poutine is being served up by the cheesy, gravy-smothered pound at Yonge and Dundas Square on Saturday.
Smoke'S Poutinerie is handing out free servings of the classic French-Canadian dish as professional eaters step in for the World Poutine Eating Championship.
All 130 lbs. of Barrie native Meredith 'The Deep-Fried Diva' Boxberger will be there vying to be the top poutine-eater.
Boxberger says her competitive eating career started when she put entering a contest on her 'bucket list.'
"Entering an eating competition was just one of the random things I wanted to try because I thought it would be a funny story," she says.
"It turns out that I discovered my hidden talent and I just kept rolling with it."
Boxberger is ranked #31 in the world by Major League Eating and says while she's small in stature, eating big meals isn't out of the ordinary for her.
"I've always have a pretty voracious appetite," she says.
The world record for poutine eating is held by Pat Bertoletti of Chicago, who downed 13 lbs. of fries, curds and gravy in just 10 minutes.
(with files from Siobhan Morris)