The organisers of the World Porridge Making Championships have announced that the competition will take place in a virtual format for a second year, with the winning speciality porridge videos and the ‘Virtual Spurtler’ being revealed in a day-long video reveal online on World Porridge Day – 10th October.
This follows the success of the 2020 Virtual Spurtle, which attracted entries from across the world, and was won by Chris Young from Crieff in Perthshire for his Crunch sa Bheul, a Scottish take on the French desert croquembouche, with pastry puffs made with oatflour, sugar and butter, piped with cream and dipped in caramel.
Other dishes in the top 10 included Porridge of Hope from the reigning World Porridge Making Champion, Lisa Williams, which was runner up, a duck confit taco, pina colada porridge and blueberry cheesecake porridge.
To enter the competition competitors should submit a video of themselves making their favourite sweet or savoury dish containing oatmeal. Videos should be between three and five minutes long and should show the ingredients and the finished product.
The organisers are keen to stress that they aren’t looking for professional cookery videos – good quality mobile phone footage is perfectly acceptable.
The videos will be judged on five criteria including appearance, execution, originality, flair and virtual taste, reflecting which dishes the judges most wanted to try.
Recipes and entry forms should be submitted by 30 June, and videos and a photograph of the finished dish should be submitted by 15 August.
The videos will be judged by the Golden Spurtle committee and the ten winning recipes will feature on the Golden Spurtle website and Facebook page on World Porridge Day. The ten finalists will each receive a Perfect Porridge pack from the championships’ sponsors, Hamlyns of Scotland.
World Porridge Day raises awareness and funds for the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals, who provide one good meal to more than 1.8 million children in 19 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean every day at school.
Charlie Miller from Carrbridge Community Council who organise the competition said: “While we are course disappointed not to be able to hold the competition in Carrbridge again this year, the success of last year’s competition showed what a great appetite there is for the competition, and we hope to build on this for 2021, attracting an even bigger worldwide pool of competitors, who might not otherwise have been able to travel to the Highlands to compete.”
Alan Meikle, Managing Director of Hamlyns of Scotland, who are sponsoring the competition said: “Oatmeal is such a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes. The Virtual Spurtle gives porridge lovers the opportunity to get really creative with oatmeal and we look forward to seeing lots of interesting recipe videos from porridge lovers from all over the world.
Anyone interested in entering should visit the World Porridge Making Championships website for more information.