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Suffolk cafe owner scoops World Porridge Champion title

Lisa Williams

A woman from a Suffolk village has won the World Porridge Making Championship. Lisa Williams was awarded the Golden Spurtle at the event in Scotland.

Lisa is already a champion in Trimley St. Mary - she runs Stennetts Community Cafe for adults with learning difficulties. Now, she's gone global. Lisa beat off contestants from 11 countries to win the award for the best traditional porridge. Only three ingredients can be used in this category - oatmeal, water and salt.

"I didn't use to use salt in my porridge, but I saw Nigel Slater using it years ago and have been doing the same ever since."

– Lisa Williams

Lisa has come close to winning the Spurtle before. She made it to the final six in 2016, but this time her porridge was enough to claim The Golden Spurtle.

"I discovered the Golden Spurtle in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the competition. In 2016, I made it to the final six and have been chasing the dream ever since."

– Lisa Williams
The 2019 Golden Spurtle event in Carrbridge, Scotland

"The scoring was very tight between three of the six finalists but Lisa's porridge had a beautiful texture and a lovely flavour - it just came together."

– Colin Bussey, Golden Spurtle judge

As well as the traditional porridge competition, there is also a speciality category for oatmeal combined with any other ingredients.