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My life in Porridge

THIS YEAR sees the 25th running of the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships at Carrbridge on the 6th of October, it will also be my tenth year in the competition. If they let me compete this year, my entry is in but hasn’t been confirmed yet!

What started out as a bit of fun to attract publicity for my patented double backed wooden spoon has now become a serious porridge addiction. When I first entered I thought I would just be cooking porridge in a wee village hall in the highlands. I certainly didn’t expect to see competitors from all across the globe being paraded through the town led by a pipe band and crowds of people queuing to try all the different versions of porridge.

I certainly didn’t expect to see competitors from all across the globe being paraded through the town led by a pipe band

When I actually won the Golden Spurtle in 2010 (10.10.10 as it says on my tattoo!) I really wasn’t prepared for the level of interest from the press. Matt Cox from Oregon won the previous year, the first non-Scot to do so, and I was seen as having brought the title back to Scotland. It was featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Cook Islands News, even the Fife Herald covered it! I did live radio in America, Canada and Ireland and even had a six week slot on the Two Johns breakfast show in Melbourne. They introduced me to the strains of the Bluebell Polka every week, a nice touch with my home town being Auchtermuchty where Sir Jimmy Shand OBE lived most of his life.

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iScot Magazine May 2018 The one with the Thistle front cover 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.