A Gaelic version of a classic French dessert was the winning dish at this year’s World Porridge Making Championships.
Chris Young, from Crieff, took the top spot with Crunch sa Bheul (Gaelic for “crunch in the mouth”) – a Scottish take on croquembouche, made with oatflour, sugar and butter, piped with cream and dipped in caramel.
Usually held in Carrbridge in the Highlands, the championships moved online this year.
Contestants were asked to submit a video entry of them preparing their porridge and entries were received from as far afield as Lithuania, Spain, England, Canada and Germany.
The judging panel marked the videos on five criteria including virtual taste (whether they wanted to taste the dish), appearance, execution, originality and flair.
The 10 winners were announced throughout World Porridge Day on Saturday.
Mr Young – the owner of Perthshire Oatcakes –was Speciality Porridge Champion in 2018.
Last year’s World Porridge Making Champion, Lisa Williams, from Trimley St Mary in Suffolk, was named runner-up in the 2020 Virtual Spurtle. Her “Porridge of Hope” included “pinoat” butter, honey bananas and chocolate, served with a rainbow fruit kebab.
Charlie Miller, who helps organise the competition, said: “We’re delighted with the response to the Virtual Spurtle, but look forward to welcoming everyone to Carrbridge next year.”