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Best porridge title scooped by US

Matthew Cox with the Golden Spurtle
Matthew Cox said he was "elated" to win the world title

An American has scooped this year's prize for the world's best porridge.

Matthew Cox, from Milwaukie in Oregon, has won this year's Golden Spurtle award at the World Porridge Championships in Invernessshire.

The 2008 champion, Ian Bishop, made it to the final cook-off in Carrbridge but was beaten by the American.

Mr Cox said: "We came over here to celebrate our passion for porridge with the Scots and we are just elated to win the world title."

He added: "We have had an amazing time in Carrbridge and there's no doubt will be back again next year to defend the title."

About 1,000 people attended the event which had 15 entrants.

The competition coincided with the first World Porridge Day, organised by Argyll-based charity Mary's Meals, held in aid of hungry children in developing countries.

There were also events in the US, France, Malawi, Bosnia and Sweden.

Mary's Meals feeds the nutrient-rich maize-based porridge Likuni Phala to about 320,000 children in Malawi each year.

The charity said it hoped World Porridge Day would raise "vital funds and awareness" at a time when east Africa, one of its key operational areas, was "suffering from dire food shortages".

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