2012 Judges

George McIvor

Former Chairman of The Master Chefs of Great Britain 2005-2007 and CIS Chef of the year 2007.

A chef by background, George has enjoyed a highly creative career based on an extensive knowledge of the food industry gained over 30 years experience in the UK and international markets, from his early days in the kitchens of 4 and 5 star hotels, to running his own team of 20 chefs at a luxury Scottish Hotel to more recently the role of Executive Development Chef for a prominent Food Manufacturer. In all aspects of his work, George has achieved the highest recognition for his continued pursuit of excellence. In 2006 George established The Full Range Ltd, a Culinary Consultancy offering innovative ideas and creative solutions to the food industry, the company is headed by George and backed up by specialists who have a driving passion food excellence.

George has been involved in the championships since its inception and is a familiar face that is warmly welcomed back each year.

Neil Mugg

Gleneagles Hotel Head Pastry Chef

With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Neil Mugg has been the Head Pastry Chef at the 5 AA Red Star Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, for nine years. In addition to running the pastry kitchen, and managing team of 11, Neil is also responsible for staff training and development.  Prior to joining Gleneagles, Neil held positions at several prestigious establishments, including One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, and the Hilton hotel chain.

In addition to his role at Gleneagles, Neil also lectures at Perth College catering department, and continues to develop professionally by undertaking specialist courses in chocolate and works in sugar.  Despite having nearly 25 years experience, Neil retains his passion for pastry and continually strives to build upon and hone his skills.

When time permits, Neil enjoys keeping fit, cycling, walking, reading and – of course – eating out.

Bronwyn Taylor

Guest Judge

At just 16 years of age, Britain’s strongest school girl, Bronwyn Taylor will be the youngest ever judge at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, 2012.

Bronwyn, from Inverness, took up the sport of powerlifting less than a year ago;  won gold at the Scottish Open Powerlifting Championship and broke British records for the under 18 category for the bench press, deadlift and the total weight lifted while representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.

Outside the sporting world, Bronwyn’s talent has not gone unnoticed being featured on The One Show with Chris Evans and Christine Bleakley and, most recently an invitation to compete in Britain’s Strongest Woman Competition, Swindon.

When not training or at school, Bronwyn enjoys just “chilling” out with her friends or watching a movie or looking out for her judo – loving younger brother Cosmo’s, next move!

Porridge is very much part of Bronwyn’s dietary fitness plan, eating up to 14 bowls of porridge a week.  Each morning Bronwyn prepares and enjoys a bowl of porridge before heading off to school at Culloden Academy or the gym and, quite often finishes the day with porridge as a night time snack.

Bronwyn is looking forward to meeting the competitors and fellow judges at the Golden Spurtle Porridge making Championship. She is hoping also, that they will provide an extensive list of ingredients and possibilities to her own porridge menu.


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