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If you can take the eats, get into that kitchen this weekend!

By Tom Ramage

Porridge fans from 12 countries will vie for the title of 2019 World Porridge Making Champion, after they were selected to participate in the 26th annual World Porridge Making Championships which take place in Carrbridge on Saturday.

Stirring stuff from last year's winners!
Stirring stuff from last year's winners!

The 30-strong line up includes competitors from Sweden, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Norway, France, Poland, Wales, Scotland, England, Belgium and Canada. Details of all of the competitors and the judges are included in the attached. Do let me know if you would be interested in talking to any of them in advance of the competition.

The title of World Porridge Making Champion is awarded to the contestant deemed to have made the best traditional porridge using just three ingredients - oatmeal, water and salt. Competitors can use pinhead, course, medium or fine oatmeal. Entries are judged for appearance, texture, colour and taste. Competitors may choose to soak their oatmeal in advance, but no prior cooking is allowed.

The judges were unable to select an outright winner in 2018, and the title was shared between two Swedish competitors, Calle Myrsell and Per Carlsson, both of whom are returning this year. It was the second year running that the Golden Spurtle had gone to Sweden.

There is also an additional prize for the best speciality porridge, where oatmeal can be combined with any other ingredients. The current speciality winner is Chris Young, owner of Perthshire Oatcakes, who wowed the judges with his Scottish tapas platter.

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

In addition to the Golden Spurtle, this year’s event will see the awarding of the Silver Spurtle for a separate young people’s competition for 8-16 year olds, sponsored by Centurion Plumbing Services.

More info: goldenspurtle.com.

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