In December I recommended a hand-turned wooden spurtle from Seafoam Woodturning in Nova Scotia as a useful kitchen tool and welcome Christmas gift. Now, I’ve learned about the Golden Spurtle award, the highest honor at the World Porridge Making Championship held annually in the Scottish Highlands village of Carrbridge.

In an upset victory, American Bob Moore (87) of Bob’s Red Mill in Portland Oregon took home the trophy at the 23rd annual contest. Moore triumphed over 17 other competitors in the Traditional Porridge category where oatmeal, salt and water are the only allowed ingredients. Skill, technique, and a good spurtle are essential to win. Visit the World Porridge Making Champion site to watch a video of Bob using a spurtle to make his champion porridge.