Since 1996, the World Porridge Making Championship has taken place each year in the Scottish Highlands village of Carrbridge. The oaty cook-off draws competitors from across the globe to compete for the coveted Golden Spurtle trophy and title of “World Porridge Making Champion.” Not satisfied with just oats, water and salt? Don’t worry, competitors also battle it out for the speciality trophy in a section that celebrates the diversity of porridge with past winners including Sticky Toffee Porridge, Fruity Date Porridge and Pinhead Risotto with Lemon and Thyme and Parmesan - the possibilities are endless!
Check out this short film from Bob’s Red Mill documenting their success at the Championship
2016 Championship Results
American Miller Wins 23rd Annual World Porridge Making Championships
Bob Moore (87), founder of Bob’s Red Mill in Oregon, Portland, USA, has been awarded the coveted Golden Spurtle after today’s hotly contested World Porridge Making Championships in the Highland Village of Carrbridge.
Bob founded Bob’s Red Mill with his wife Charlee in 1978 with a mission to move people back to basics with healthy whole grains and minimally processed foods. In 2010, on Bob’s 81st birthday, he gifted the business to the company’s 400 employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).
A gobsmacked Bob Moore said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced. It is so meaningful to me to win the Golden Spurtle. I’ve devoted my life to eating and producing good wholegrain food and this really has made me so happy.”
The title of World Porridge Making Champion is awarded to the contestant who makes the best traditional porridge using just three ingredients – oatmeal, salt and water.
Contestants are also encouraged to enter the ‘Speciality’ competition, where oatmeal must be the main ingredient in any sweet or savoury porridge-based dish.
Thorbjorn Kristensen, a Norwegian gardener, chef, nutrition expert and product developer took the speciality title for the second year running. His winning dish, which he called ‘Unexpected Guests’, was made from yesterday’s porridge combined with eggs, butter, vanilla sugar, cream and liqueur, which he recommends enjoying with sparkling wine or a glass of champagne!
Special mentions were given to ‘Porizo’ a savoury chorizo porridge created by chef Graeme Miller from the Craiglynne Hotel in Granton-on-Spey, gluten free savoury porridge empinadas with venison, spinach and blue cheese created by Perthshire Oatcakes owner Chris Young, and a cherry bakewell porridge made by Neal Robertson, owner of the Tannochbrae Tearoom in Auchtermuchty, Fife.
Judging this year’s competition were Neil Mugg, former Head Pastry Chef at Gleneagles, crime writer and experienced culinary competition judge Craig Robertson and classically taught French chef, Lydie Bocquillon, owner of the Auld Alliance restaurant and guest house in Kingussie, with crime writer Lin Anderson acting as MC and overseeing the event.
The World Porridge Making Championships is organised by Carrbridge Community Council and sponsored by Hamlyns of Scotland.
Event organiser, Margarete Paschke said: “After 23 years, the Golden Spurtle continues to inspire porridge makers from across the world. It really has been a fantastic day, the pinnacle of a great weekend in Carrbridge, which celebrates one of Scotland’s favourite national dishes with cooking, music and Scottish hospitality.”
Alan Meikle, Managing Director of Hamlyns of Scotland said: “Hamlyns are absolutely delighted to continue our sponsorship of the World Porridge Making Championships, one of the most popular events in Scotland’s culinary calendar. We would like to congratulate both winners and all of the competitors, along with the judges and the organisers for what has been an excellent event.”