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29 March 2018

ENTRIES OPEN FOR 25TH ANNUAL WORLD PORRIDGE MAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries for the 25th Annual World Porridge Making Championships open on Saturday (31 March), with the organisers anticipating a high level of interest from porridge aficionados from all over the world.

The competition will take place in the highland village of Carrbridge on Saturday 6th October. 

The World Porridge Making Championships is one of the most popular events in Scotland’s culinary calendar, with professional and amateur chefs, food producers, food bloggers, small business owners and home cooks from all over the world vying for the title. 

The coveted title of World Porridge Making Champion, and the Golden Spurtle trophy, is awarded to the contestant deemed to have made the best traditional porridge using just three ingredients – oatmeal, water and salt. 

The current champion is Ellinor Persson, a steel industry worker from Sweden, who runs foodie tours in the woods, fields and speciality restaurants around her local town of Halmstaad in South West Sweden in her spare time. Ellinor, who is planning to return to Carrbridge to defend her title, won the 2017 championships in an international field which also included competitors from the USA, Russia, Switzerland, Holland, Iceland and from across the UK and Ireland.

As well as the traditional porridge competition, there is also a speciality category for oatmeal combined with any other ingredients, leading to a wide variety of sweet and savoury entries. The current speciality winner is also a Swede, Per Carlsson, who impressed the judges with his dish of Nordic Porridge – Caramel Sweet and Sour, a porridge made with oatmeal, cloudberry liqueur, orange peel and whipped cream. 

Judging the entries will be Colin Bussey, former head chef at Gleneagles, Lydie Bocquillon, classically taught French chef and owner of the Auld Alliance in Kingussie, and Neil Mugg, chef lecturer at Perth College UHI and former Head Pastry Chef at Glengeagles. Moray Firth Radio presenter, Farmer Jones, will MC this year’s event. 

The World Porridge Making Championships is organised by Carrbridge Community Council, and is sponsored by Hamlyn’s of Scotland, producers of Hamlyns Scottish Oatmeal and Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats. 

Organiser Michelle Green said: “It’s hugely exciting for the World Porridge Making Championships to be celebrating our 25th anniversary, and we have lots of special things planned alongside the competition including a food fayre, a commemorative recipe book, featuring some of the recipes from the last 25 years, and a cookery demonstration in the Village Hall the night before the event.

Managing Director Alan Meikle said: “Hamlyns of Scotland is absolutely delighted to continue our sponsorship of the World Porridge Making Championships, and we’re really looking forward to the enhanced programme which the organisers are putting together for the 25th anniversary.

Full details of the event and a range of high quality images are available on the event website goldenspurtle.com and from James Ross via this link: http://www.pbase.com/carrhighlander/golden_spurtle_porridge_world_championship_2017. Please credit James Ross if you are using his images.

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For further information please contact:

Michelle Green                                Louise Harley

Tel: 07889 034678                          Tel: 07803 905776

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7 October 2017

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Double Win for the Swedes in the 24th Annual World Porridge Making Championships

Competitors from Sweden have scored a double after winning the main and speciality titles at the 2017 World Porridge Making Championships.

Ellinor Persson took the coveted title of World Porridge Making Champion, with Per Carlsson taking the Speciality title.

The 23-strong international line up included competitors from the USA, Russia, Switzerland, Holland, Iceland, Sweden and across the UK and Ireland.

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 porridges are judged on three factors - consistency, taste and colour.

Ellinor, who works in sales in the the steel industry, adds the World Porridge Making Champion title to the Swedish Traditional Porridge Making Champion title, which she has won for the last two years in a row. 

She said: “The World Porridge Making Championships is such a great event. It’s a real honour just to compete in the competition, never mind to win. I can’t really put how I’m feeling into words, it’s just a fantastic feeling. I was very excited when Per won the Speciality title and when the judges called out my name as World Champion I couldn’t believe it – I was jumping up and down, it was very exciting.” 

Ellinor believes that it’s very important for people to think about what they are eating. In her spare time she runs foodie tours in Sweden, both in the woods and fields around her local town of Halmstaad in South West Sweden, and in some of the speciality restaurants in the town. 

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In the ‘Speciality’ competition, oatmeal must be the main ingredient in any sweet or savoury porridge-based dish.

This year’s speciality winner Per Carlsson impressed judges with his dish Nordic Porridge – Caramel Sweet and Sour, a porridge made with oatmeal, cloudberry liqueur, orange peel and whipped cream, topped with flambéed cloudberries and whipped cream.

It was third time lucky at the competition for Per, who describes himself as “an extremely devoted porridge maker who practices making porridge practically every morning making guests at the Steninge hostel enjoy happiness through porridge made with perfection and love.”

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

Organiser Michelle Green said: “It’s been a fantastic day for the competitors, judges, visitors and villagers alike, and we’re already looking forward to the 2018 competition, when the Golden Spurtle will be celebrating twenty five years as one of Scotland’s favourite culinary events.”

Alan Meikle, Managing Director of Hamlyns of Scotland said: “The World Porridge Making Championships is closely followed by porridge lovers from all over the world. It’s been a very closely fought competition with a real international flavour, and we’d like to congratulate Ellinor and Per on their wins.”

Images suitable for media use will be available on the event website this evening – visit www.goldenspurtle.com to download.

For further information please contact:

Michelle Green                                Louise Harley

Tel: 07889034678                           Tel: 07803 905776

 

Rules

 

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 www.carrbridge.com

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