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2015 World Championship Results

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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.

The 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.

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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Margarete Pashke   Tel: 07803 165132


The World Porridge Making Championship title is awarded to the competitor producing the best traditional porridge, made from oatmeal [pinhead, course, medium or fine].

The traditional porridge must be made with untreated oatmeal and not with oat flakes and with only water and salt. The judges will be strict on these rules.

Each competitor is required to produce at least 1 pint [500ml] of porridge which is to be divided into 3 portions for the judges to taste.

Judging of the porridge will be made on the consistency, taste and colour of the porridge.

A further award will be made for the best speciality porridge made with oatmeal [pinhead, course, medium or fine] which can have other ingredients added. This porridge should be made and presented at the same time as the traditional porridge.

For the speciality porridge, the blending and harmony of the porridge with the other ingredients will be the criteria used.

The Village of Carrbridge

The village of Carrbridge, situated below the Monadhliath Mountains, is part of the scenic Cairngorms National Park. Famous for its 18th century packhorse bridge, the River Dulnain snakes its way through this picturesque village before emptying into the River Spey. Further details about Carrbridge at

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