The 20th annual World Porridge Making Championships will take place in the Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge on Saturday 5th October 2013
2012 Championship Results
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An Englishman has beaten the Scots at their own game by stirring his way to victory in the World Porridge Making Championships in Carrbridge on Saturday.
Benedict Horsbrugh, a Director of Quality Management for UNIVEG who originally moved to Germany to be an organic baker, wrested the coveted Golden Spurtle award from the hands of former champ John Boa.
Benedict was inspired to make his own porridge because he did not like the way his father made it. He said: “When I was nine I was inspired by Tom Baker in the book *Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster* He has a disagreement with Sarah Jane about making porridge, and I learnt that you just need to use a pinch of salt.“
He attributes his mastery of the oaty dish to the efforts of his team, entitled `Three Men and a Spurtle. The team take training for the event seriously and part of their preparation included taking a dip in the North Sea at Lossimouth, just to ensure they were hardy enough to see off the competition.
And making sure that the Scots were sent home with their spurtles between their legs, the Speciality Trophy was awarded to Californian Laurie Figone with a dish called `Italian Pinhead Torta.` Laurie hosts her own TV show in the states called `Cooking with Laurie.`
The People’s Choice Award was won by 2011 winner John Boa with his creation` hazelnut honey swirl.` John said: “I am very pleased to collect another prize at this competition and the fact that this is the People’s Award makes it special for me, particularly as it is a new prize reflecting an alternative view to that of the regular judging panel. I wanted to keep my speciality nice and simple, in keeping with porridge itself. I am glad they like it.`
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Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship Winner: Benedict Horsbrugh
Speciality Trophy: Laurie Figone, USA with “Italian Pinhead Torta” – Recipe Here
People’s Choice Award (New for 2012): John Boa
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