Scot takes 2020 Golden Spurtle world porridge-making title in online finals

The winners of the 2020 Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships have been announced in a day-long video reveal online.

The competition, which is normally hosted in Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands, took place remotely and was renamed Virtual Spurtle, the lockdown alternative to the World Porridge Making Championships,The overall winner was Chris Young from Crieff in Perthshire who created Crunch sa Bheul (Gaelic for crunch in the mouth) a Scottish take on croquembouche, made with oatflour, sugar and butter, piped with cream and dipped in caramel.

Chris is the owner of Perthshire Oatcakes, and was the Speciality Porridge Champion at the 2018 World Porridge Making Championships.

The runner up was the current World Porridge Making Champion, Lisa Williams from Trimley St Mary in Suffolk, whose ‘Porridge of Hope’ featured ‘pinoat’ butter, honey bananas and chocolate, served with a rainbow fruit kebab.

Chris Young was declared overall winner.


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Other recipes in the top 10 included:

Porridge pina colada

Blueberry cheesecake porridge

Oatmeal inspired duck confit taco


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This year's Golden Spurtle champion has been announced.

Golden milk porridge

Triple coffee oatmeal with Dalgona whip and mocca grande

Nanaimo bar oatmeal


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Raspberry cranachan porridge

Scottish summer porridge

Charlie Miller from Carrbridge Community Council who organise the competition said: “While we were of course hugely disappointed not to be able to host the World Championships in Carrbridge this year, we’ve been delighted with the response to the Virtual Spurtle. Many thanks to everyone who entered, congratulations to our top 10 finalists, to our winner and runner up, to our judges, and to everyone who has watched the videos online today. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Carrbridge next October for the 2021 championships.”

Hamlyns of Scotland, the Banffshire-based producers of Hamlyns Scottish Oatmeal and Porridge Oats, sponsored the Virtual Spurtle.


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Managing Director, Alan Meikle, said: “The Virtual Spurtle was a great alternative to the annual competition in Carrbridge. We’ve seen some really fabulous recipe ideas in the top 10 videos and look forward to downloading some of the recipes from the Golden Spurtle website so we can try them for ourselves.”

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