10th October 2013

Skye's the limit for Golden Spurtle Champion!

The World Porridge Making Championships 2013 have been recently held in Carrbridge, and on the 20th Anniversary of the competition local man John Boa has walked away with the coveted first prize for the second time in 3 years! John is a dab hand at producing the traditional Scottish specialty from basic ingredients and his good old stirring spurtle.

The Inverness-shire porridge making competition has attracted entrants from all over the world and has categories open for both traditional recipes and the more unusual. John, who hails from Skye first won the competition 2 years ago and was runner up last year. He was awarded with a coveted Golden Spurtle trophy at the award ceremony for his delicious traditional recipe oatmeal porridge. John studies at Scotland's Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College in Skye and is also a singer/ musician. Amongst the most unusual savoury recipe ingredients were such delights as sausage, seafood and curry and for the sweet toothed connoisseurs there were dried fruits, dates, figs and coconut varieties. John's trophy is a gilt replica of his traditional Scottish wooden stirrer or 'Spurtle' as it is known in Scotland, which together with his own treasured recipe is certain to continue to be his secret weapon for success.