Only in Canada

By Tim Nelson
Updated July 30, 2018
Credit: Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Queer Eye, the Netflix reboot of the 2000’s makeover show, has captivated millions of viewer of all genders and sexual orientations. One of the leading men making viewers swoon (and some armchair chefs cringe) is Antoni Porowski, the show’s food and wine expert and the internet’s second favorite Canadian. As it turns out, Antoni will be having brunch with Sock Wearer in Chief liberal bae Justin Trudeau, and one lucky Canuck can win the chance to be there

That’s right: in honor of Montreal Pride this August, the world’s favorite avocado toast purveyor and the Prime Minister of Canada will sit down to enjoy a hearty brunch where they spill the tea about “the importance of Pride and Canada's contributions to the world today." And as part of a fundraising effort by Trudeau’s Liberal Party, they’re inviting one contest winner to have a seat at the table. In addition to the opportunity to take the best brunch Instagram of all time, the Liberal party’s contest page adds that “we’ll throw in dinner on the town and some Liberal swag to make sure you’re ready for the Parade!”

The choice of Queer Eye cohost and location isn’t as random as you’d think. Porowski was raised in the Montreal suburbs (and still professesses a preference for Mile End’s bagels over those in his adopted Brooklyn). Trudeau spent part of his childhood and educational years in Montreal, and—in a quirk of the Canadian parliamentary system—technically still represents the Montreal neighbo(u)rhood of Papineau as an MP. Trudeau’s also no stranger to high-profile meals in the city, as he made headlines for taking former president Barack Obama to MTL hotspot Liverpool House last summer.

Their convergence for Montreal’s Pride celebrations (which run from August 9th through the 19th) is no accident, either. Trudeau’s hoping to mend fences with Canada’s LGBTQ community after recent disclosures showed evidence of what the Prime Minister called “state-sponsored, systemic oppression” as recently as the '90s. The Liberal party also hopes to close a $5 million fundraising gap with their conservative opponents in advance of Canada’s next federal election to be held in (or before) October 2019.

Likely in an effort to keep away adoring fans, there’s no info about exactly when or where the Pride weekend brunch will be held just yet. Will Antoni be in the kitchen throwing random things from the fridge in the frying pan? Will he order the kind of simple dish he teaches Georgian schlubs to cook, or opt something fancier? Will JVN make an unexpected cameo? The only way to know for sure is to be Canadian and enter by August 2nd. May the best Antoni apologist win.