Monday, October 10, 2016

87-year-old American man lifts Golden Spurtle at World Porridge Making Championships

The Golden Spurtle is headed across the Atlantic after an 87-year-old American was crowned the World Porridge Making Champion. Bob Moore, from Portland, Oregon, won the coveted prize for his efforts at the 23rd annual World Porridge Making Championships in Carrbridge, in Badenoch and Strathspey, Scotland.

Contestants are judged on their ability to make the best traditional porridge using only the three base ingredients of oatmeal, salt and water. Mr Moore, who ran a wholegrain food business before gifting the entire company to his 400 employees on his 80th birthday, said: "I couldn't believe it when my name was announced.

"It is so meaningful to me to win the Golden Spurtle. I've devoted my life to eating and producing good wholegrain food and this really has made me so happy." In the speciality competition, Norwegian Thorbjorn Kristensen won for the second year running. He combined eggs, butter, vanilla sugar, cream and liqueur with porridge in a dish titled 'Unexpected Guests'.

Organiser Margarete Paschke said: "After 23 years, the Golden Spurtle continues to inspire porridge makers from across the world. It really has been a fantastic day, the pinnacle of a great weekend in Carrbridge, which celebrates one of Scotland's favourite national dishes with cooking, music and Scottish hospitality."

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