The world porridge-making title returned to Scotland on Saturday after the 2011 champion regained his crown at the 20th annual Golden Spurtle awards.
John Boa, a Gaelic singer and student, fought off competition from 17 other challengers to take the top spot in a hotly-contested final at Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. Mr Boa, a student at Scotland's Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, said he was delighted to regain the main title at the World Porridge Making Championships.
The victory builds on his previous successes since he started entering the competition three years ago. He was named the champion in 2011, and the "people's choice" winner last year. Mr Boa said: "All I can say is that practice makes perfect. I am absolutely delighted to win, and I'm sure that I'll get a great reception from fellow students and staff at the college when I go back to Skye next week."
The top prize is awarded to the competitor deemed to have made the best traditional porridge using oatmeal, water and salt. The secret of his success was to use medium oatmeal, Carrbridge tap water and normal kitchen salt for his world-beating recipe. Judging panel member George McIvor, from the Master Chefs of Great Britain, said: "It really was a fantastic competition this year, but the judges were unanimous in awarding the Golden Spurtle title to John Boa, who had perfected taste, texture and seasoning.