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23rd Annual Golden Spurtle™
World Porridge Making Championship

Saturday 8th October, Carrbridge

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!

10:15am – Pipe Band Parade (from Bridge)
10:30am – Championship begins
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2015 World Championship Results

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2015 Champ Simon Rookyard - Photo: James Ross (Click for High Res - Free Media Use, please credit where possible)

2015 Champ Simon Rookyard – Photo: James Ross (Click for High Res – Free Media Use, please credit where possible)

Astrophysicist wins 22nd Annual World Porridge Making Championships

Simon Rookyard who just 2 weeks ago submitted his PhD Thesis on Pulsars, has won the coveted title of World Porridge Making Champion after today’s hotly contested World Porridge Making Championships in the Highland Village of Carrbridge.

The 20-strong international line up included a Finnish biochemist, a Swedish doctor, a Norwegian museum manager, a Swedish youth hostel owner, a Swiss miller, a South African chef, an American personal assistant, and a Czech small business owner, as well as competitors from across the UK including a Gaelic singer, a PhD pulsar physics student, an NHS renal consultant, an offshore chef, an oatcake maker, an environmental scientist, and an artist.

World Porridge 2015 0299The title of World Porridge Making Champion is awarded to the competitor who makes the best traditional porridge using only three ingredients – oatmeal, salt and water.

The competitors were closely watched by four judges: Neil Mugg, Head Pastry Chef at The Gleneagles Hotel, Masterchef Colin Bussey, who has 34 years’ experience in the food industry including at The Savoy and Gleneagles, and guest judges, Ron MacKenna, restaurant critic at ‘The Herald’, and Jonathan Engels of Crossbill Gin whose Aviemore gin distillery and bar won Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces’ 2015 ‘Shed of the Year’ and most recently European Craft Gin 2015

Golden Spurtle Winner Simon’s winning comment was ‘a Good Days Work’ and in his search for a job in his field of Astrophysics, being the new World Champion Porridge Maker will certainly make him stand out from the crowd.

Contestants are also encouraged to enter the ‘Speciality’ competition, where oatmeal must be the main ingredient in any sweet or savoury porridge-based dish.

2015 Speciality Winner, Thorbjorn Kristensen

2015 Speciality Winner, Thorbjorn Kristensen

This year’s competition was extremely hard fought, with the judging panel in deep debate, However the speciality winner is Norwegian Thorbjorn Kristensen who impressed judges with his dish of Porridge Waffles. Thorbjorn entered the competition for the first time this year and won over  an unprecedented standard of competition

The event is organised by Carrbridge Community Council and sponsored by Hamlyns of Scotland.

Alan Meikle, Managing Director of Hamlyns of Scotland said: “Hamlyns are absolutely delighted to sponsor the World Porridge Making Championships again. It has been a fantastic day, and we’d like to congratulate the worthy  winners and everyone else who took part, along with the judges and the event organisers.”



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