Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship

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The ShuckOff is back – Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships returns for its second year

Do you have what it takes to venture to Stranraer to become the 2018 Scottish Oyster Shucking Champion?

Organised by Seafood Scotland, the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships returns and will see shuckers from across the country compete against each other to be crowned Scottish champion. The winner will also go onto represent Scotland at the world championships in Galway, Ireland.

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Tristan Hugh-Jones of Loch Ryan Oysters flew the flag for Scotland in Galway following his win at last year’s championships. He secured 15th place – the first ever world ranking for Scotland – after a gruelling competition against shuckers from around the globe.

For the second year, Guinness World Record holder and world champion oyster shucker, Patrick McMurray, aka Shucker Paddy, will make his way across the Atlantic to host and judge the championships.

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Shucker Paddy, who is challenging Scotland to step up to the plate when it comes to shucking, said: “The first Scottish ShuckOff was a great opportunity for Scotland’s shuckers to show their skills and get a feeling for the competition. Securing a place at the ‘Worlds’ is an incredible achievement, but now it’s game time. People have had a year to practice their technique and learn some new skills, so I expect to see a bit more rivalry between the shuckers this year. They’ll not only be competing against each other, but also against their previous times.

“Shucking is a competitive and exciting sport and I think this year is going to serve up a classic contest between our shuckers.”

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Chefs Gordon Reekie of That’s Yer Dinner and Andy Cumming of City of Glasgow College are taking part in the second annual Scottish National Oyster Shucking Championships, organised by Seafood Scotland.


Andy Cumming, chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College, who took part in last year’s ShuckOff, said: “I can’t wait to get involved again this year. I’ve shucked oysters for 30 years and I thought I was pretty good until I got to the finals and realised that I needed to up my game. This year, I’m definitely more prepared and know what to expect. I’d encourage my fellow chefs and industry partners to get involved, it’s an excellent event and a great day out of the kitchen!”

Taking place at this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival on Saturday 15th September, festival goers will be able to cheer on shuckers, competing to world standards.

Clare MacDougall, trade marketing manager at Seafood Scotland, said: “Following the success of last year’s championships, we just had to continue the ShuckOff spirit and host the competition for a second time.

“This year is set to be even bigger and better as we call upon chefs and industry specialists from the seafood sector to enter for a second time. It’s a great bit of friendly competition as people compete against colleagues, competitors and friends throughout each stage of the competition.”

If you are a chef, oyster grower, fishermen, seafood professional or oyster lover working in the seafood sector and interested in taking part in the ShuckOff, please visit


Stranraer Oyster Festival



Saturday 15th September
Time: 12pm – 2pm






I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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