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World Porridge Making Championship

The World Porridge Making Championship has been running since 1994, giving a main prize of the "Golden Spurtle" trophy and the title "World Porridge Making Champion" for the best traditional porridge made with oatmeal, water and salt. A prize is also awarded for the best "Speciality" porridge which again is made with oatmeal and contenders can add their own ingredients. The competition takes place at the village hall[1] in Carrbridge, in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.[2] and is run by volunteers on behalf of the Carrbridge Community Council. It has taken place alongside World Porridge Day since 2009.[2]. The 2018 competition was held on Saturday 6 October.

World Porridge Making Championship
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The Golden Spurtle in 2016
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Year Golden Spurtle Speciality Notes
1994 Florence Ritchie[3] Ian Cruickshank[3]
1995 Florence Ritchie[3] Norman Brockie[3]
1996 Duncan Hilditch[3] Duncan Hilditch[3]
1997 Cancelled[3] Cancelled[3]
1998 Scott Chance[3] Duncan Hilditch[3]
1999 Scott Chance[3] Helen Fraser[3]
2000 Duncan Hilditch[3] Jean Dewar[3]
2001 Duncan Hilditch[3] Jean Dewar[3]
2002 Jean Dewar[3] Duncan Hilditch[3]
2003 Jean Dewar[3] Duncan Hilditch[3]
2004 Duncan Hilditch[3] Lynn Benge[3]
2005 Lynn Benge[3] Lara Smitch[3]
2006 Coleen Hayward MacLeod[3] Addy Daggert[3]
2007 Maria Soep[3] Al Beaton[3]
2008 Ian Bishop[3][2] Addy Daggert[3]
2009 Mathew Cox[3] (Milwaukie, Oregon)[2][4] Anna Louise Batchelor[3][4] (also known as "Porridge Lady")[5] There were 15 entrants, and around 1,000 attendees.[2] The event had a Robert Burns theme and was sponsored by Hamlyns of Scotland.[4]
2010 Neal Robertson[3] Catherine Caldwell[3]
2011 John Boa[3] Neal Robertson[3]
2012 Benedict Horsbrugh[3] Laurie Figone[3] A "People's Choice" award was also given, to John Boa.[3]
2013 John Boa[3][1] Nick Barnard[3][1]
2014 Izhar Khan[3] Chris Young and Christina Conte[3]
2015 Simon Rookyard[3] (Tyldesley; PhD student at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics)[6] Thorbjorn Kristensen[3]
2016 Bob Moore[7] Thorbjorn Kristensen[7]
2017 Ellinor Persson[8] Per Carlsson[8]
2018 Per Carlsson and Calle Myrsell (joint winners)[9] Chris Young[9] Junior winner: Lynn Munroe[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Gaelic singer John Boa wins World Porridge Championship". BBC News. 9 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Best porridge title scooped by US". BBC News. 11 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as "Previous Winners". Golden Spurtle. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "American wins world porridge title". The Daily Telegraph. 11 October 2009.
  5. ^ "About Porridge Lady". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ Jabir, Hamza (10 October 2015). "Greater Manchester astrophysicist crowned World Champion... in making porridge!". Manchester Evening News.
  7. ^ a b "23rd Annual Golden Spurtle". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Double Win for the Swedes in the 24th Annual World Porridge Making Championships". 7 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "World Porridge Making Championships 2018 Results". 6 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.