Armed with just water, salt and oatmeal, contestants from around the world will spurtle towards the finish line in a bid to be crowned the world’s best porridge maker this weekend.
Now in its 22nd year, the World Porridge Making Championships aim to seek out the best stirrers, soakers and seasoning experts to produce a pint of porridge for a team of esteemed judges.
Contestants from as far afield as South Africa, Finland and Switzerland will descend on the tiny Highland village of Carrbridge on Saturday to battle it out for the coveted Golden Spurtle, a deluxe version of the traditional tool used to make the Scots breakfast staple.
But those with a flair for the unusual will also be stirring up everything from porridge risotto to porridge pudding in the speciality round, which tests competitors’ mettle in turning pinhead, course, medium or fine oatmeal into something deliciously different.
Among them will be last year’s World Champion Dr Izhar Khan, an NHS renal consultant from Aberdeen who encourages his patients to eat porridge, who won the title using a special spurtle crafted by one of his patients.
Following his win, Dr Khan said: "I started eating porridge seven years ago. It is simple, versatile, healthy and very affordable.
"I am traditional by nature and like the ritual of making porridge. It sets you up for the day."
Joining him will be current Speciality Champion Chris Young from Perthshire Oatcakes, who won the first ever joint prize in 2014 for his wild mushroom risotto dish alongside Californian contestant Christina Conte, who made sticky toffee porridge.
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