Bob’s Red Mill Selects Finalists to Compete in the Spar for the Spurtle 2
Sweet or savory? That is the question facing the judging panel for the Bob’s Red Mill Spar for the Spurtle 2: The Ultimate Oatmeal Throwdown.
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, the leading provider of whole grain foods, today announced the three finalists who will be competing against each other on August 10 for a trip to Scotland in its second annual oatmeal recipe contest. The three finalists were chosen from nearly 100 video recipe entries nationwide. Two of the finalists offer sweet, fruit-based dishes, while the third goes a savory route. All three dishes demonstrate culinary creativity by featuring Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, the World’s Best Oatmeal, as the main ingredient.
“We were so impressed with the unique entries in the contest this year, and it was extremely difficult selecting the three finalists” said Bob Moore, founder and president of employee-owned Bob’s Red Mill. “These three were just so creative, and we can’t wait to return to Scotland with one of them.”
With its Spar for the Spurtle 2 contest, Bob’s Red Mill again put out the call nationwide for unique recipes featuring the company’s Steel Cut Oats and, in response, received more than twice the number of entries as in the contest’s inaugural year.
The three finalists will compete in the live cook-off in Portland, Oregon, on August 10 for the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip for two to Scotland to represent Bob’s Red Mill at the 19th annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship. The finalists who will compete in Bob’s Red Mill’s Spar for the Spurtle 2: The Ultimate Oatmeal Throwdown are:
· Laurie Figone from Petaluma, California, who whips up her savory Italian Pinhead Torta.
· Lanie Smith from Topeka, Kansas, who brings a taste of vintage home cooking with her Paradise Porridge Potstickers.
· Kerri Willoughby from Whitewright, Texas, who expresses her down-home taste of the south with her Raspberry Oatmeal Dumplings.
All recipes can be found at sparforthespurtle.com/watch.php?y=2012&start=15.
During the live cook-off, the finalists will prepare their recipes from scratch in front of an audience at Bob’s Red Mill’s Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center. A panel of celebrity judges will choose the grand-prize winner, who will be off to Scotland in October.
The prestigious Golden Spurtle competition is held every year in Carrbridge Iverness Shire in the Scottish Highlands. Bob’s Red Mill first competed in the championship in 2009, becoming the first American representatives to do so.That year, the company won the coveted Golden Spurtle and the title of World’s Best Oats (a spurtle is a Scottish kitchen tool dating back to the 15th century that is traditionally used to stir porridge and prevent it from becoming lumpy).
“We’re so happy with the quality and culinary vision we’ve seen in the entries this year,” said Matthew Cox, the 2009 World Porridge Making Champion and marketing director at Bob’s Red Mill. “We can’t wait to watch the finalists bring their recipes to life at the cook-off here in Portland, as well as to show our fellow contenders at the World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland we have what it takes to bring the Golden Spurtle back to the United States.”