Swede wins top porridge maker prize
IT may be one of Scotland’s national dishes – but the best porridge in the world is officially made by a Swede.
The Golden Spurtle, the prestigious prize for making the best bowl of the traditional favourite, was yesterday awarded to Ellinor Persson, of Halmstad, Sweden.
The 52-year-old impressed the judges using only oats, water and a little salt.
Miss Persson, a sales consultant in the steel industry, has already collected two gongs for porridge-making in her home country.
She said: ‘I’m excited – and a little bit tired. I used my Sunday breakfast recipe.
‘When they told me I had won, I wanted to scream with happiness. You don’t really have words. I was jumping up and down.’
Other international entrants in the contest – held in the Highland village of Carrbridge – included the head of Sweden’s anti-doping agency and a recipe creator for a Russian oat manufacturing company.
The Golden Spurtle is awarded annually for the best traditional porridge made from pinhead, coarse, medium or fine oatmeal.
The only other ingredients allowed are water and salt, although judges can add milk, cream, salt or sugar according to their personal taste.
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