Regula Ysewijn
Culinary author, photographer, anthropologist and broadcaster

Regula Ysewijn is an internationally acclaimed food writer and author of six books about food culture. Topics are (but aren’t limited to) the history of British puddings and bakes, the traditions of Belgian beer cafés and the history of baking in the Low Countries. She is asked to come on BBC TV and radio regularly to talk about the various topics she writes about with a strong emphasis on British food and history. She consults for companies like the National Trust, and most recently the TV series Downton Abbey and is also one of the two judges of the Belgian version of The Great British Bake Off in addition to being a judge for The Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards and World Cheese Awards for nearly 10 years. In 2022 Regula was one of the five judges of the Queen of England’s Platinum Pudding Competition, along with Mary Berry and the royal chef Mark Flanagan. 

Regula was born in Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium. She travels between Britain and Belgium for her work, this can be TV appearances, talks, demos and research. 

Appearances 

Television 

United Kingdom

BBC One ‘Inside the Factory’ (Season 6)

BBC One Breakfast (2016 and 2022)

BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (2020)

BBC Radio 4 ‘The Food Programme’ (Belgian Beer, 2019)

BBC The Platinum Pudding Competition (judge) (2022)


US

wgntv.com Chicago midday-news lunchbreak baking demo (2020)


The Netherlands

Tijd voor Maxx (2019) NPO 1 

Koffietijd (2021) RTL4 

Heel Vlaanderen Bakt  (judge from 2017 onwards) NPO 1 

Heel Vlaanderen bakt kids (judge from 2020 onwards) NPO 1 


Belgium

Bake Off Flanders (judge from 2017 onwards) Play4

Junior Bake Off Flanders (judge from 2020 onwards) Play4


In print

The Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent, former Jamie magazine, Delicious. magazine, BBC History, Flow, Knack, Knack Weekend, De Standaard magazine and more…


Events

Host and chair for World’s 50 Best Restaurants Aftershock Talks in Antwerp


Bibliography 

 Pride and Pudding (in Dutch) (Carrera Culinair – re-issue 2020) 

 Pride and Pudding (in English) (Murdoch Books 2016 and re-issue 2022)
  Belgian Café Culture / Authentieke Belgische Cafés (Luster Books 2016 and jubilee edition 2021) 

 The National Trust Book Of Puddings (Pavillion/National Trust 2019) 

 Brits Bakboek (in Dutch) (Carrera Culinair 2019) 
• Oats in the North, Wheat from the South (Murdoch Books 2020) (‘The British Baking Book’ in the US, Weldon Owen 2020) 
• The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook (Weldon Owen US – Titan UK – DK Verlag DE – Pannini IT – Marabout FR 2020) 

 

 

Accolades 

For Pride and Pudding:


• André Simon Memorial Food & Drink Awards – shortlist


• Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards’ shortlist


• Gourmand World Book Awards – Culinary Heritage category – winner for Britain


• Best books of 2016 by the BBC Radio 4 The Food Program


• The Best British Cookbooks of the 2000s’ by the Great British Food Awards. 

 

For Belgian Café Culture:


• Gourmand World Book Awards – Culinary History category – winner for Belgium 

 

For Oats in the North, Wheat from the South (‘The British Baking Book’ in the US, Brits Bakboek in NL):


• Gourmand World Book Awards – Food Heritage – winner for Britain


• Gouden Kookboek (The Netherlands) – Nominee


• André Simon Memorial Food & Drink Awards (UK) – Nominee


• Best books of 2020 by the BBC Radio 4 The Food Program, The New Yorker and The Washington Post

 

 

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