World Porridge Making Championship

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World Porridge Making Championship
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The Golden Spurtle in 2016
Official website

The World Porridge Making Championship has been operating since 1994, giving a main prize of the title "World Porridge Making Champion" accompanied by a 'Golden Spurtle' trophy, along with a "Speciality Winner" and (once) a "People’s Choice Award".[1] The competition takes place at the village hall[2] in Carrbridge, in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.[3] It has taken place alongside World Porridge Day since 2009.[3]


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


  1. ^ 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 at "Previous Winners". Golden Spurtle. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gaelic singer John Boa wins World Porridge Championship". BBC News. BBC. 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Best porridge title scooped by US". BBC News. BBC. 11 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "American wins world porridge title". 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.