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Tattie scone fan? Enter this years competition to be crowned the world tattie scone champion


By Imogen James


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Previous bakers.
Previous bakers.

Keen bakers across the Highlands are being invited to apply to this years world tattie scone contest which will take place at a food festival in Nairn.

The championship, launched in 2013, returns this year at the Taste of Nairn on May 7.

It is being put on by Oakwood Cookery School, a business near Elgin, who previously hosted the competition at Forres.

Elaine Sutherland, owner of the Oakwood Cookery School said she was delighted the competition

will return for an eighth year.

She said: “It’s great to be working with the organisers of Taste of Nairn again and to bring back the World Tattie Scone Contest after a two-year break due to the pandemic. The contest was synonymous with Piping at Forres, however, it is now an event in its own right, so it was great to find somewhere to stage it.”

Both serious and amateur cooks can take part, putting their skills to the test.

They must use a set recipe with mashed potatoes and flour plus one magic ingredient the competitor can bring with them.

The most tasty and imaginative scone will be chosen as the winner.

Elaine said that over the years, she has seen various ‘secret ingredients’ being used and explained what the judges are looking for.

“We have seen anything and everything from people using prawns to raspberries and this year we hope to see even more imaginative ingredients being used.

“It’s such fun to take part in. We have had people who are seasoned chefs or cooks, and those who have barely set foot in the kitchen taking part, and the great thing is, you just never know who is going to scoop the title.

“It might just be that the winning tattie scone is just so innovative, there is no choice but to choose that one, or it may be that it’s a fairly basic recipe, but it’s cooked to perfection.”

Applications must be completed by 5pm on May 2.

To enter and find out more, go to the Taste of Nairn website.


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