3rd Cullen Skink World Championships - Sunday 23rd November 2014
What a fantastic day we had! Brilliant sunshine in Cullen - the fabulous setting of the Cullen Bay Hotel with views of the beach - and 2 very worthy winners.
Congratulations to both Neal Robertson (Traditional Cullen Skink) and Ian Watson (Cullen Skink with a Twist) for picking up the honours this year.
Watch this space for more information and photos!
Cullen cafe owner - Tracey Fuller - has claimed the 2nd Cullen Skink World Championship crown - at her first attempt - and puts it down to her two secret ingredients!
The keenly fought contest was held at the Cullen Bay Hotel, where five finalists competed for the silverware and the glory. Those cooking included Robert Donald (Aberdeen), David Crighton (Portsoy), Nigel Ross (Aberdeen - the 2012 Champion) and Ross Birrell (Mallaig).
The judging panel of Louie Paterson from Cluny Fish, Diana Baxter, Fraser Baxter and Development Chef Craig Smith (all 3 from Baxters Food Group) had the very difficult task of differentiating between the five finalists. Each of the contestants had to provide the panel with a 250 ml portion of Cullen Skink, with a broadly free hand with their recipes, with the only stipulation being that smoked haddock had to be used. Raw ingredients could be prepared in advance, but all cooking had to be conducted at the event itself under competitive conditions.
There was great support for the event, not only from the friends and families of the competitors, but also from members of the public who came along to see what it was all about.
The Cullen Voluntary Tourist Initiative would like to extend their thanks to all the finalists, the judges and to the new owners of the Cullen Bay Hotel, Ian and Rena Watson, for their continued backing for the event.
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