Swede wins top por­ridge maker prize

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Kather­ine Suther­land

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.

Elli­nor Pers­son


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