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Davie Tait
21st May 2015, 17:38

THE 4th Cullen Skink World Championship is taking place in Cullen on 22 November, it has been announced today.

The soup, which is traditionally made from smoked haddock, milk, potatoes and onion, hails from the Morayshire port of Cullen.

Simon Tucker, Vice-Chair of the Cullen Voluntary Tourist Initiative, commented: "We are absolutely delighted to launch the 4th Cullen Skink World Championship. Last year, we introduced a variation to the competition there were two World Championships up for grabs for the best Traditional Cullen Skink and for the best Cullen Skink with a Twist. This was a great success and there were some very interesting recipes put forward! So, that is the format again this year.

"Last year, for the first time, the Traditional Cullen Skink World Championship Cup left home soil, with Neal Robertson from Fife taking the honours. However, we managed to keep the Cullen Skink with a Twist cup here the winner being Ian Watson from the Cullen Bay Hotel. The Championships are picking up momentum now; and we are really looking forward to this year's competition. Home soil or not, this event is about maintaining the tradition of an iconic recipe, but also promoting Cullen as its home."

Those entering the Traditional Cullen Skink Championships will have a broadly free hand when it comes to their recipes; however, one stipulation rigorously adhered to is the requirement to use smoked haddock, milk, potato and onion. Those entering the Cullen Skink with a Twist will enjoy even greater latitude. The basic ingredients must include fish, potato, milk and onion; any other ingredients and/or recipe variations are down to the contestants.

The finalists in each cook-off will have one hour to produce three 250ml portions of the soup for the judges; they will be allowed to prepare raw ingredients in advance, but all cooking has to be conducted at the event itself under competition conditions.

Rena Watson, owner of the Cullen Bay Hotel, added: "We are delighted to be hosting the event again this year. There is a real buzz on the day. And news of the event is starting to spread far and wide. All the promotional activity we do, including social media, helps to promote not just the event, but also Cullen. We live in a fantastic place and events like this help to showcase it. Last year, we were delighted to have a journalist from Scottish Life attend the event; this resulted in an extensive article (and lots of photos) singing the praises of both Cullen and the event itself. This magazine has a huge circulation in America. You just can't beat that sort of publicity. And we know already of visitors who are coming back to Cullen specifically to enjoy the day."

The rules of the competition and an entry form are available on www.discovercullen.com, on request by e-mail to visit@discovercullen.com, or by phoning 07831 768349. The closing date for entries is 31 October.