The Golden Spurtle (a spurtle is a traditional, rod-shaped utensil used to stir porridge) is awarded annually to the maker of the best-tasting traditional porridge. The competition has been running since 1994 and is held at Carrbridge, Scotland.
This year’s worthy winner is Benedict Horsbrugh, a 45 year-old Londoner now living in Germany. He is pictured (centre) alongside Speciality Trophy winner Laurie Figone from California for her dish called Italian Pinhead Torta and People’s Choice Award winner John Boa for his creation hazelnut honey swirl.
Mr Horsbrugh began making his own porridge as a child after failing to be impressed with his father’s mix. He said: “When I was nine I was inspired by Tom Baker in the book Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster. He has a disagreement with Sarah Jane about making porridge, and I learnt that you just need to use a pinch of salt.”
Now that autumn has arrived porridge makes for a great, healthy and energy-rich breakfast. Rather than giving you a potential sugar high-low that you can encounter with breakfast cereals, porridge offers a low GI start to the day. Having said that, Tour de France winner and Olympic gold-medallist Brad Wiggins is rumoured to have a bowl of porridge before he goes to bed!