Research Profile

Regina Sexton

Biography

Regina Sexton is a food and culinary historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. She lecturers across many university programme and she co-ordinates an extensive programme of short courses.  She has been researching and publishing in the area of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house. She has published widely at academic and popular levels. Her publications include A Little History of Irish Food (Gill and Macmillan, 1998) and Ireland’s Traditional Foods (Teagasc, 1997). Regina holds a post-graduate degree from the Department of History, University College, Cork and a Certificate in Food and Wine from the Ballymaloe Cookery School (2002). Between 1995 and 2008, she wrote a weekly food column with the Irish Examiner; and in 1997, for work therein, she was short-listed for the Glenfiddich Regional Writer of the Year Award. Her publications have won her awards. She was joint winner of the Sophie Coe Memorial Prize in Food History, 1995 presented at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, for the paper ‘“I’d ate it like chocolate”: the disappearing offal food traditions of Cork city’. She was also winner of the Sophie Coe memorial Prize in Food History, Special Award, 1999, presented at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for the paper ‘Porridge, gruels and breads: the cereal foodstuffs of early historic Ireland’. In 1999, she won the Jeremy Round Award, for the most promising first time author for A Little History of Irish food, presented by the British Guild of Food Writers. Following the success of this publication, Radio Telefis Éireann (RTÉ)commissioned Regina to research, write and present an eight-part television documentary, also called A Little History of Irish Food. Most recently, Regina has contributed to the award winning Atlas of the Great Irish Famine published by Cork University Press in 2012.  Regina has worked as food history consultant with Bord Bia, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, RTÉ and the Irish Heritage Trust. She has worked as historical food stylist for a number of television productions including ‘The Big House’, a Big Mountain Production for TV 3, 2013 and 'Lords and Ladles', a Mind the Gap Production for RTÉ 1.  At University College Cork, she lectures in the area of food history with the School of History, the Food Industry Training Unit and Adult Continuing Education. At Adult Continuing Education, Regina co-ordinates the University’s short course programme with responsibility for course development. Amongst the courses she has developed are a wide range of cultural history programmes such as The Culture of the Big House, A History of Gardening, Jane Austen at Fota House and A Little History of Irish Food. She is also the co-ordinator of the Food Writing module for the MA in Creative Writing with the School of English, UCC.  
Regina is secretary of the Agricultural History Society of Ireland. She is a member of the editorial board of Petits Propos Culinaires and she is also a member of the judging panel for Food & Wine magazine’s annual food and wine awards. She was an invited contributor from UCC to the Ballymaloe Literary Festival for 2013, 2014 and 2015 where she hosted a number of conversations, food workshops and food writing workshops. In 2014, she presented on the ‘Early Food Writings of Myrtle Allen’.

Research Interests

Research interests: Food and culinary history, food studies, food preservation, food and identity, 'traditional' food cultures, constructed and 'invented' food traditions Current activity: I am currently researching Irish manuscript receipt books and the food and culinary cultures of eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Ireland from the perspective of the overlapping concepts and notions of traditon, heritage and identity. My interest is the culinary literature of Ireland was prompted in 2010 by my attendance at a week-long seminar, Reading historic cookbooks: a structured approach, with food historian Barbara Ketcham Wheaten& Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger;Library, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. I am a member of the editorial board of the food history journal Petits Propos Culinaries: essays and notes on food, cookery and cookery books.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(1998)A Little History of Irish Food.
Sexton, Regina, (1998) A Little History of Irish Food. London: Kyle Cathie Limited. [Details]
(1997)Ireland's Traditional Foods: An Exploration of Irish Local & Typical Foods.
Cowan, Cathal and Sexton, Regina (1997) Ireland's Traditional Foods: An Exploration of Irish Local & Typical Foods. Dublin: Teagasc, The National Food Centre. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2021)'Sea and Shore Foods in Ireland', Atlas of the Irish Coastline (Cork: Cork University Press, 2021)'
Sexton, Regina (2021) 'Sea and Shore Foods in Ireland', Atlas of the Irish Coastline (Cork: Cork University Press, 2021)' In: Atlas of the Irish Coastline. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2018)'Elite Women and Their Recipe Books: The Case of Dorothy Parons and Her Booke of Choyce Receipts All Written Down W:th Her Owne Hand in 1666'
Sexton, Regina (2018) 'Elite Women and Their Recipe Books: The Case of Dorothy Parons and Her Booke of Choyce Receipts All Written Down W:th Her Owne Hand in 1666' In: Terence Dooley, Maeve O'Riordan, Christopher Ridgway (eds). Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2016)'Farming and County Life 1916'
Sexton, Regina (2016) 'Farming and County Life 1916' In: 1916: Food, Diet and Cookery. Carlow: Teagasc. [Details]
(2013)'Plant Foods in Ireland Before AD 1500'
Sexton, Regina (2013) 'Plant Foods in Ireland Before AD 1500' In: Matthew Jebb and Colm Crowley (eds). Secrets of the Irish Landscape. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2012)'Pre-Famine Diet'
Sexton, Regina (2012) 'Pre-Famine Diet' In: John Crowley; William J. Smith and Michael Murphy (eds). Atlas of the Irish Famine. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2012)'The Story of Food in Ireland'
Sexton, Regina (2012) 'The Story of Food in Ireland' In: Darina Allen (author) (eds). Irish Traditional Cooking. London: Kyle Cathie Limited. [Details]
(2005)'Simplicity and Integration, Continuity and Change'
Sexton, Regina (2005) 'Simplicity and Integration, Continuity and Change' In: Darra Goldstein and Kathrin Merkle (eds). Culinary Cultures of Europe: identity, diversity and dialogue. Strasbourg: Council of Europe. Editions du Conseil de l'Europe. [Details]
(2005)'The Culture of Food'
Sage, Colin and Sexton, Regina (2005) 'The Culture of Food' In: John Crowley, Robert Devoy, Denis Linehan and Patrick O'Flanagan (eds). Atlas of Cork City. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2003)'Principle Irish food contributor. Articles/entries: country house cooking; diet: present day; food: post-Famine; food: thirteenth to seventeenth centuries; medieval food: early; medieval food: later; potato and potato cookery'
Sexton, Regina (2003) 'Principle Irish food contributor. Articles/entries: country house cooking; diet: present day; food: post-Famine; food: thirteenth to seventeenth centuries; medieval food: early; medieval food: later; potato and potato cookery' In: Brian Lalor (eds). The encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
(1999)'Exclusive Irish food contributor. Articles/entries: Ireland; Ireland and the potato; Waterfood blaa; bog-butter; boxty; buttered eggs; carragheen; Celtic feasting; champ; colcannon; drisheen; dulse; fadge; fulachta fiadh; gur cake; Irish stew; yellowman'
Sexton, Regina (1999) 'Exclusive Irish food contributor. Articles/entries: Ireland; Ireland and the potato; Waterfood blaa; bog-butter; boxty; buttered eggs; carragheen; Celtic feasting; champ; colcannon; drisheen; dulse; fadge; fulachta fiadh; gur cake; Irish stew; yellowman' In: Alan Davidson (eds). The Oxford companion to food. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(1998)'Porridges, Gruels, and Breads: The Cereal Foodstuffs of Early Historic Ireland'
Sexton, Regina (1998) 'Porridges, Gruels, and Breads: The Cereal Foodstuffs of Early Historic Ireland' In: Michael A. Monk and John Sheehan (eds). Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2021)'Toasting the Oatcake: An Exploration of the Use of the Harnen Stand as a Utensil in Bread-Making'
Sexton, Regina (2021) 'Toasting the Oatcake: An Exploration of the Use of the Harnen Stand as a Utensil in Bread-Making'. Béascna, [Details]
(2020)'Between the Realms: Food for Humans, Fairies and the Dead at Hallowe'en'
Sexton, Regina (2020) 'Between the Realms: Food for Humans, Fairies and the Dead at Hallowe'en'. History Ireland, 28 (6):46-48 [Details]
(2015)'Food and Culinary Cultures in pre-Famine Ireland 1700-1840'
Sexton, Regina (2015) 'Food and Culinary Cultures in pre-Famine Ireland 1700-1840'. Proceedings of The Royal Irish Academy Section C-Archaeology Celtic Studies History Linguistics Literature, :1-50 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2021)Herbs and Spices: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
Sexton, Regina (2021) ' 'This is all very well, but where in Ireland can you get fresh tarragon?’: Myrtle Allen and Herbs: Towards the Creation of an Irish food Identity Herbs and Spices: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery [Details]
(2003)The Fat of the Land: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
Sexton, Regina (2003) The Role and Function of Butter in the Diet of the Monk and Penitent in Early Medieval Ireland . In: Harlan Walker eds. The Fat of the Land: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery St. Antony's College, Univeristy of Oxford, , pp.253-269 [Details]
(2002)Food and The Rites of Passage: Fourteenth Leeds Symposium on Food History
Sexton, Regina (2002) Weddings and Wakes: Irish Food and Rites of Passage . In: Laura Mason eds. Food and The Rites of Passage: Fourteenth Leeds Symposium on Food History , pp.115-139 [Details]
(1995)Disappearing Foods: Studies in Foods and Dishes at Risk: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
Sexton, Regina (1995) ' I'd ate it like chocolate: The Disappearing Offal Food Traditions of Cork City . In: Harlan Walker eds. Disappearing Foods: Studies in Foods and Dishes at Risk: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery St Antony's College, Oxford University, , pp.172-188 [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(1999)The Re-discovery of Gammelsaltet Sei in Petits Propos Culinaires: Essays on Food, Cookery and Cookery Books.
Sexton, Regina (1999) The Re-discovery of Gammelsaltet Sei in Petits Propos Culinaires: Essays on Food, Cookery and Cookery Books. London: Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2021)Book Review History Ireland : Samhain: The Roots of Halloween.
Sexton, Regina (2021) Book Review History Ireland : Samhain: The Roots of Halloween. Book Reviews [Details]

Guest Lectures

 YearPublication
(2021)Tipperary Country Museum Seminar: Halloween Potions, Lotions and Notions.
Sexton, Regina (2021) Tipperary Country Museum Seminar: Halloween Potions, Lotions and Notions. Clonmel, Co Tipperary: Guest Lectures [Details]
(2016)13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Hags and Hares; Milk and Mayhem: The Rituals and Superstitions of May Day Milk Magic.
Sexton, Regina (2016) 13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Hags and Hares; Milk and Mayhem: The Rituals and Superstitions of May Day Milk Magic. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2015)12th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Cooking the Books: An Introduction to the History of Cookery Using Manuscript Recipe Books.
Sexton, Regina (2015) 12th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Cooking the Books: An Introduction to the History of Cookery Using Manuscript Recipe Books. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2014)11th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Ireland’s Hidden Culinary Heritage: The History the Recipe in the Irish County House.
Sexton, Regina (2014) 11th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival: Ireland’s Hidden Culinary Heritage: The History the Recipe in the Irish County House. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2018)Tipperary County Museum Seminar Power & Privilege, The Butlers of Ormond:The Foods of of the Powerful and Privileged in Later Medieval Ireland.
Sexton, Regina (2018) Tipperary County Museum Seminar Power & Privilege, The Butlers of Ormond:The Foods of of the Powerful and Privileged in Later Medieval Ireland. Roscrea, Co Tipperary: Guest Lectures [Details]
(2014)Cork Historical and Archaelogicla Socieity: Birds, Fowl, Puddings and Pies: A New Look at Christmas Food with 17th,18th and19th-Centuries Recipes.
Sexton, Regina (2014) Cork Historical and Archaelogicla Socieity: Birds, Fowl, Puddings and Pies: A New Look at Christmas Food with 17th,18th and19th-Centuries Recipes. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2007)Irish Cultural Centre Paris, Centre Culturel Irlandais: Irish food and the book.
Sexton, Regina (2007) Irish Cultural Centre Paris, Centre Culturel Irlandais: Irish food and the book. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2007)Skibbereen Food Festival: The Enigma of Ireland's Food Culture: Coming to Grips with the Notion of Traditional Food.
Sexton, Regina (2007) Skibbereen Food Festival: The Enigma of Ireland's Food Culture: Coming to Grips with the Notion of Traditional Food. Guest Lectures [Details]

Electronic Article

 YearPublication
(2018)Ferns Medieval Feast.
Sexton, Regina (2018) Ferns Medieval Feast. Wexford: Electronic Article [Details]

Documentary

 YearPublication
(2014)RTÉ 1 Television Lords and Ladles.
Mind the Gap Productions: Sexton, Regina Food History Researcher and Food Stylist (2014) RTÉ 1 Television Lords and Ladles. Documentary [Details]
(2013)TV3 (Television) The Big House.
Big Mountain Productions. Sexton, Regina, Food Researcher and Food Stylist. (2013) TV3 (Television) The Big House. Dublin and Belfast: Documentary [Details]
(2012)RTÉ 1 Television Documentary: Secrets of The Irish Landscape.
RTÉ production Sexton, Regina (2012) RTÉ 1 Television Documentary: Secrets of The Irish Landscape. Cork: Documentary [Details]
(2001)RTÉ 1 Television. Eight-Part Television Documentary, A Little History of Irish Food.
RTÉ production, Sexton, Regina Conceptualised, Researched, Wrote and Presented A Little History of Irish Food (2001) RTÉ 1 Television. Eight-Part Television Documentary, A Little History of Irish Food. Dublin: Documentary [Details]

Guest Speaker

 YearPublication
(2001)Bord Bia: Irish beef with Richard Corrigan at Lindsey House, London.
Sexton, Regina (2001) Bord Bia: Irish beef with Richard Corrigan at Lindsey House, London. Guest Speaker [Details]

Invited Lectures

 YearPublication
(2019)Green European Foundation and Cork Food Policy Council: Food as Commons.
Sexton, Regina (2019) Green European Foundation and Cork Food Policy Council: Food as Commons. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2019)Heritage Week: Snout to Tail: Why Food Waste was Not a Feature of Traditional Food Systems.
Sexton, Regina (2019) Heritage Week: Snout to Tail: Why Food Waste was Not a Feature of Traditional Food Systems. Nano Nagle Place: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2019)Chrsitmas at Nano Nagle Place: Feasts of Christmas Past.
Sexton, Regina (2019) Chrsitmas at Nano Nagle Place: Feasts of Christmas Past. Cork: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2017)Cork Food Policy Council Food Harvest Festival: A History of Food in Cork City.
Sexton, Regina (2017) Cork Food Policy Council Food Harvest Festival: A History of Food in Cork City. Cork: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2016)AN Exploration of the RIA'S Publication: Food and Drink in Ireland.
Sexton, Regina (2016) AN Exploration of the RIA'S Publication: Food and Drink in Ireland. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2013)The Early Food Writings of Myrtle Allen in the Irish Farmers Journal.
Sexton, Regina (2013) The Early Food Writings of Myrtle Allen in the Irish Farmers Journal. Cork: Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited papers

 YearPublication
(2015)George Boole: Food and Dining in Victorian Cork.
Sexton Regina (2015) George Boole: Food and Dining in Victorian Cork. Cork: Invited papers [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2022)What Bloom Ate: The American Scholar: Ulysses Commemoration Issue.
Sexton, Regina (2022) What Bloom Ate: The American Scholar: Ulysses Commemoration Issue. Washington, US: Magazine article [Details]
(2002)The Magazine of the Slow Food Movement. Salmon: The Symbol of Erin.
Sexton, Regina (2002) The Magazine of the Slow Food Movement. Salmon: The Symbol of Erin. Bra, Italy: Magazine article [Details]
(2002)The Magazine of the Slow Food Movement. Salt, Fat and Smoke: Irish Smoked Salmon Presidium.
Sexton, Regina (2002) The Magazine of the Slow Food Movement. Salt, Fat and Smoke: Irish Smoked Salmon Presidium. Bra, Italy: Magazine article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2018)Irish Examiner: Why We Love Chocolate.
Sexton, Regina (2018) Irish Examiner: Why We Love Chocolate. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2012)Irish Examiner: The Mystery of Cork Asparagus.
Sexton, Regina (2012) Irish Examiner: The Mystery of Cork Asparagus. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Irish Examiner: Wild Food.
Sexton, Regina (2011) Irish Examiner: Wild Food. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Irish Examiner: Christmas Food.
Sexton, Regina (2011) Irish Examiner: Christmas Food. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Irish Examiner: Fair Game.
Sexton, Regina (2011) Irish Examiner: Fair Game. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2008)Irish Examiner: A Taste of the Past (weekly column), 1995 - 2008.
Sexton, Regina (2008) Irish Examiner: A Taste of the Past (weekly column), 1995 - 2008. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]

Online Multimedia

 YearPublication
(2021)RTÉ Brainstorm: Half-Cooked and Half-Raw: the Irish Tradition of Potatoes with the Moon.
Sexton, Regina, (2021) RTÉ Brainstorm: Half-Cooked and Half-Raw: the Irish Tradition of Potatoes with the Moon. Online Multimedia   [Details]
(2021)RTÉ Brainstorm: Why Irish People go Mad for Floury Spuds.
Sexton, Regina (2021) RTÉ Brainstorm: Why Irish People go Mad for Floury Spuds. Online Multimedia [Details]
(2019)RTÉ Brainstorm: 7 Things you Probably Didn't Know About the Humble Spud.
Doyle Prestwich, Barbara Kelly, Alan; Lettice, Eoin, and Sexton, Regina (2019) RTÉ Brainstorm: 7 Things you Probably Didn't Know About the Humble Spud. Online Multimedia [Details]
(2019)UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archives.
University College Cork Sexton Regina (2019) UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archives. Online Multimedia [DOI] [Details]
(2012)UCC Medieval Food: Come Dine with Saint Patrick.
Sexton Regina (2012) UCC Medieval Food: Come Dine with Saint Patrick. Online Multimedia [DOI] [Details]

Pamphlet

 YearPublication
(2021)Cork City Council and HSE Senior Play Pack (home-delivered during Covid-19). Article Traditional Food Specialties in Cork City.
Sexton, Regina (2021) Cork City Council and HSE Senior Play Pack (home-delivered during Covid-19). Article Traditional Food Specialties in Cork City. Pamphlet [Details]

Presentation

 YearPublication
(2019)Myrtle Allen Inaugural Memorial Lecture.
Myrtle Allen Inaugural Memorial Lecturer (2019) Myrtle Allen Inaugural Memorial Lecture. Presentation [Details]

Radio Documentary

 YearPublication
(2022)The World of Dorothy Parsons of Birr and Her 1666 Cookery Book (BAI-funded).
Sexton, Regina (2022) The World of Dorothy Parsons of Birr and Her 1666 Cookery Book (BAI-funded). Cork: Radio Documentary [Details]
(2014)Regular Contributor to RTÉ Lyric FM History on a Plate.
Sexton, Regina (2014) Regular Contributor to RTÉ Lyric FM History on a Plate. Radio Documentary [Details]

Video recording / TV

 YearPublication
(2019)RTÉ TV1 RTÉ News One O Clock: UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archive.
Sexton, Regina (2019) RTÉ TV1 RTÉ News One O Clock: UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archive. Video recording / TV [Details]

Interview

 YearPublication
(2014)Ballymaloe Literary Festival: In Conversation with Myrtle Allen: Her Writings and Her Life in Food.
Sexton, Regina (2014) Ballymaloe Literary Festival: In Conversation with Myrtle Allen: Her Writings and Her Life in Food. Interview [Details]

Radio Feature

 YearPublication
(2021)RTÉ 1 The Brendan O'Connor Show: Kitchen Gadgets.
Sexton, Regina (2021) RTÉ 1 The Brendan O'Connor Show: Kitchen Gadgets. Radio Feature [Details]
(2021)RTÉ 1 The Brendan O'Connor Show: Brexit and Sausages.
Sexton, Regina (2021) RTÉ 1 The Brendan O'Connor Show: Brexit and Sausages. Radio Feature [Details]
(2021)RTE 1 The Claire Byrne Show: Christmas Food Traditions.
Sexton, Regina (2021) RTE 1 The Claire Byrne Show: Christmas Food Traditions. Radio Feature [Details]
(2021)RTÉ 1 Leap of Faith and a Word in Edgeways: Feast and Fast.
Sexton, Regina (2021) RTÉ 1 Leap of Faith and a Word in Edgeways: Feast and Fast. Radio Feature [Details]
(2019)RTÉ The Ray D'Arcy Show.
Sexton, Regina (2019) RTÉ The Ray D'Arcy Show. Radio Feature [Details]
(2017)RTÉ 1 The Marian Finucaine Show: Christmas Food.
Sexton, Regina (2017) RTÉ 1 The Marian Finucaine Show: Christmas Food. Radio Feature [Details]
(2016)RTÉ 1 Mooney Goes Wild on One: Lobster in Irish Culinary History.
Sexton, Regina (2016) RTÉ 1 Mooney Goes Wild on One: Lobster in Irish Culinary History. Radio Feature [Details]

Podcast - Media

 YearPublication
(2020)Greenbites: The Irish Food Sustainability Podcast. Episode 1: Losing the Plot: Marketing Gardening in Cork City.
O'Byrne Ellie, Sexton Regina (2020) Greenbites: The Irish Food Sustainability Podcast. Episode 1: Losing the Plot: Marketing Gardening in Cork City. Podcast - Media [DOI] [Details]
(2020)Irish History Podcast: Could you Survive on a pre-Famine Irish Diet? I tried….
Sexton, Regina (2020) Irish History Podcast: Could you Survive on a pre-Famine Irish Diet? I tried…. Podcast - Media [DOI] [Details]
(2019)Fuzion Win Happy Podcast: The Culture of Irish Food with Food Historian Regina Sexton.
Canty, Greg (2019) Fuzion Win Happy Podcast: The Culture of Irish Food with Food Historian Regina Sexton. Podcast - Media   [DOI] [Details]

Workshops

 YearPublication
(2016)Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2016: Food Writing Workshop.
Sexton, Regina and Gilson, Jools (2016) Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2016: Food Writing Workshop. Workshops [Details]
(2015)Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2015: Food Writing Workshop.
Sexton, Regina and Gilson, Jools (2015) Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2015: Food Writing Workshop. Workshops [Details]
(2014)Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2014: Food Writing Workshop.
Sexton, Regina and Gilson, Jools (2014) Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2014: Food Writing Workshop. Workshops [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2021Higher Education Award Cork Learning City: Lifelong Learning Awards
2021Ambassador: Food on the Edge Food on the Edge Symposium, Galway
2019McKennas' Megabites Awards: Person of the Year Drs John and Sally McKenna Megabiteawards
2015Contributor: George Boole Chronicles George Boole Chronicles Finalist in the US-based International Book Awards 2015, in the category Education / Academic
2006Contributor: World's Best Culinary History Book award to Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity and Dialogue (2005) Gourmand World Media Awards
1999Sophie Coe Memorial Prize in Food History, Special Award, presented at St Antony's College, University of Oxford under the joint chairmanship of Dr. Theodore Zeldin and Alan Davidson Oxford symposium on food and cookery
1999British Guild of Food Writers: Jeremy Round Award British Guild of Food Writers
1997Glendiffich Regional Food Writer of the Year - shortlisted Glendiffich Food and Wine Awards
1995Sophie Coe Memorial Award in Food History, joint winner presented at St Antony's College, Univeristy of Oxford under the joint chairmanship of Dr. Theodore Zeldin and Alan Davidson Oxford Symposium on food and cookery

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Food Safety Authority of Ireland Member: Food Safety Consultative Council (FSCC). Ministerial Appointment26-MAY-21 / 26-MAY-21
SIEF: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore Member01-JAN-21 /
The Folklore Society of Ireland Member01-JAN-22 /
Irish Food Writers' Guild Member01-JAN-19 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2020)2020 The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: Herbs and Spices,
Sexton, Regina (2020) ' 'This is all very well, but where in Ireland can you get fresh tarragon?’: Myrtle Allen and Herbs: Towards the Creation of an Irish food Identity. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 2020 The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: Herbs and Spices, Oxford (online) , 10-AUG-20 - 01-SEP-20. [Details]
(2019)Trinity College Dublin's Food Smart Dublin: Sustainable Food Consumption,
Sexton, Regina (2019) A Problematic Relationship: Fish and Fish-eating in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Trinity College Dublin's Food Smart Dublin: Sustainable Food Consumption, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)UCC: All Things Considered: Material Culture and Memory,
Sexton, Regina (2018) Curious Things of the Hearth: The Case of Oatcake Harden’ Stands. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], UCC: All Things Considered: Material Culture and Memory, Cork , 09-NOV-18 - 10-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018)Green European Foundation and School of Geography, UCC: Restoring Food to the Heart of Community,
Sexton, Regina (2018) Eat Seasonally and Locally. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Green European Foundation and School of Geography, UCC: Restoring Food to the Heart of Community, Cork , 29-JUN-18 - 01-JUL-18. [Details]
(2018)Ireland 1518: Archduke Ferdinand's Visit to Kinsale & the Dürer Connection https://ireland1518.com/2018/06/27/photos-of-kinsale-commemoration-by-daithi-mac-an-bhiocaire/,
Sexton Regina (2018) ‘A Cold Shoulder of Roast Mutton, a Cold Hotpot and a Very Good Meat Pie.’ Irish Food Before the Potato. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ireland 1518: Archduke Ferdinand's Visit to Kinsale & the Dürer Connection https://ireland1518.com/2018/06/27/photos-of-kinsale-commemoration-by-daithi-mac-an-bhiocaire/, Kinsale . [Details]
(2017)University College Cork: Innovation in Irish Food: Past, Present and Future,
Regina Sexton (2017) 'Traditional Irish Food: Little more than the art of staying alive.' How Education Can Play a Role in Changing Perceptions of Ireland's Food Culture. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], University College Cork: Innovation in Irish Food: Past, Present and Future, UCC , 10-MAR-17 - 12-MAR-17. [Details]
(2016)National Dairy Council Cheese Culture Symposium,
Sexton, Regina (2016) Cheese Culture in Ireland: History, Tradition, Inheritance. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], National Dairy Council Cheese Culture Symposium, Dublin and Belfast . [Details]
(2016)National Dairy Council & Dairy Council Northern Ireland: European Cheese Culture – Past, Present and Future,
Sexton, Regina (2016) Irish Cheese Past and Present: Declines and Revivals. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], National Dairy Council & Dairy Council Northern Ireland: European Cheese Culture – Past, Present and Future, Belfast . [Details]
(2016)Dublin Gastronomy Symposium: Food and Revolution,
Regina Sexton (2016) Food and Revolution in post-Famine Ireland. [Plenary Lecture], Dublin Gastronomy Symposium: Food and Revolution, Dublin . [Details]
(2016)Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2016: Utensils,
Regina Sexton (2016) Toasting the Oatcake: An Exploration on the Use of the Hardnen' Stand in Bread-making. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2016: Utensils, Amsterdam - 16-JAN-16. [Details]
(2014)Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference 2014: Cattle in Ireland: Beef, Bulls, Butchers and Biodiversity,
Sexton, Regina (2014) Heads and Feet, Liver and Lights: Refining the Objectionable. Eigtheenth-Century Beef Recipes in the Townley Hall Papers. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference 2014: Cattle in Ireland: Beef, Bulls, Butchers and Biodiversity, Offaly . [Details]
(2015)13th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University, Co Kildare: Women in the Country House,
Sexton, Regina (2015) Elite women and Their Recipe Books in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Centuries Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 13th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University, Co Kildare: Women in the Country House, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare , 11-MAY-15 - 12-MAY-15. [Details]
(2014)From Gaelic Kingdom to Anglo-Norman Lordship,
Sexton, Regina (2014) Food and Identity in Later Medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], From Gaelic Kingdom to Anglo-Norman Lordship, Fermoy, County Cork , 02-MAY-14 - 04-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference: Cattle in Ireland: Beef, Bulls, Butchering and Biodiversity,
Sexton, Regina (2014) Beef in the Kitchen: Eighteenth-Century Beef Recipes in the Townley Hall Papers. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference: Cattle in Ireland: Beef, Bulls, Butchering and Biodiversity, Birr, County Offaly , 14-JUN-14 - 15-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)The Society for Folk Life Studies Annual Conference The Irish Kitchen, Landscape Interpretation,
Sexton, Regina (2014) The Material Culture of Oatcake-Making in Vernacular Food Culture. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], The Society for Folk Life Studies Annual Conference The Irish Kitchen, Landscape Interpretation, Killarney, Co Kerry , 11-SEP-14 - 14-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013)Agricultural History Society of Ireland Autumn Symposium: Irish Fisheries: A Historical Perspective,
Sexton, Regina (2013) 'Taly to salt, head to boil' : Some Observations on the Treatment of Fish in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Irish Manuscripts Books. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Autumn Symposium: Irish Fisheries: A Historical Perspective, Dublin , 09-NOV-13 - 09-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference: Irish food products: a historical perspective,
Sexton, Regina (2013) The Role and Status of Meat and Associated Ingredients in Early and Later Medieval Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Summer Conference: Irish food products: a historical perspective, Kilkenny City, County Kilkeeny , 14-JUN-13 - 15-SEP-14. [Details]
(2002)The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: The Fat of the Land,
Sexton, Regina (2002) The Role of Fat in the Diet of the Early Irish Penitent. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: The Fat of the Land, St Anthony's College, Oxford University . [Details]
(2001)University College Cork Understanding Tradition Conference,
Sexton, Regina (2001) The Varied Career of the Potato as an Ingredient in the Kitchen. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], University College Cork Understanding Tradition Conference, University College Cork , 22-JUN-01 - 23-JUN-01. [Details]
(1999)The Leeds Food Symposium: Food and Rites of Passage,
Sexton, Regina (1999) Weddings and Wakes: Irish Food and Rites of Passage. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], The Leeds Food Symposium: Food and Rites of Passage, Leeds . [Details]
(1995)University College Cork UCC150 Conference Dedicated to the Scholarship of the Late Professor M.J. O'Kelly: Early Medieval Munster,
Sexton, Regina (1995) Porridges, Gruels and Breads: The Cereal Foodstuffs of Early Historic Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], University College Cork UCC150 Conference Dedicated to the Scholarship of the Late Professor M.J. O'Kelly: Early Medieval Munster, Univeristy College Cork . [Details]
(1994)The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: Disappearing Foods,
Sexton, Regina (1994) ' I'd ate it like chocolate: The Disappearing Offal Food Traditions of Cork City. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: Disappearing Foods, St. Anthony's College, Oxford University C . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Agricultural History Society of Ireland Committee Secretary2013 / 2017
Academic Standards Board Adult Continuing Education Committtee member2010 / 2013

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1993University College Cork Master of ArtsHistory
1989University College Cork Bachelor of ArtsHistory, English

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Irish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
2017: Blas na hÉirenn: The Irish Food Awards
Judging panel to international industry standards, awards to Irish food and drink producers
2010-2016 Food and Wine Magazine (Ireland)
Judging panel. Annual Food and Wine Awards to the Restaurant Industry
Good Food Ireland
Irish Food Heritage and Service Development
National Dairy Council
Irish Food Heritage Consultancy
2014-2016 Irish Heritage Trust
Irish Food Heritage Consultancy: Fota House, Co. Cork
2003-ongoing Bord Bia
Irish Food History Consultancy
1996-ongoing Teagasc
Irish Food Heritage Consultancy

Outreach Activities

 Description

Cork International Film Festival: Nordic by Nature; panel moderator with director Rasmus Dinesan producer Jesper Jarl Becker and chef Ahmet Dede from restaurant Dede in Baltimore, Co Cork.

In my role as course designer/developer with Adult Continuing Education, I have established on-going links with a nubmer of outreach bodies and groups including: Cork City Libraries, Cork City Council; Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork; The Irish Heritage Trust and West Cork Development Partnership (Clonakilty and Skibbereen). My outreach activities with the Irish Heritage Trust continue to grow and to date I have developed four outreach culture-related courses at Fota House and Gardens, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork

Other Activities

 Description

2019: Responsible for the acquisition of the Myrtle Allen Archive for Special Collections and Archives, Boole Library, University College Cork. 

2022: Digital Badge: Successful Presentations - Effectively Articulating Knowledge (SPEAK), UCC

2021: Digital Badge: Successful Team Leader, UCC 

Certificate in Cookery: In 2002, I completed the intense and immersive cookery course in the Ballymaloe Cookery School. My intention in completing the course was to bring greater clarity and insight to my academic research work. In combining theory and practice, I now see myself as a scholar cook. 

For UCC's Bicentenary celebrations of George Boole, Regina researched and wrote a short piece about food and culinary cultures in Cork city, c. the late 1840s. This story gained extensive media exposure; for the coverage of George Boole 200 and George Boole's College Puddings see https://storify.com/UCC_Ireland/cork-1849-city-of-feasts-and-famine

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach across a range of university undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and I am also a guest lecture on the MA in Local History https://www.ucc.ie/en/history/graduatestudies/mainlocalhistory/

Department of Folklore and Ethnology:
Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Studies https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-pdifc/
FL6804 An Introduction to Irish Food Studies (sole lecturer)
FL6803 Food, Festival and Folklore
FL6802 Research Methods in Foodways

School of History:
Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture, HI6801: Irish Food and Culinary History (sole lecturer)
 HI1115: An Introduction to Modern  Irish History for Visiting Students

School of English:
 MA in Creative Writing, EN6037: Food Writing (sole lecturer)

Food Industry Training Unit:
Diploma in Speciality Food Production, FE1805: Local Food Production Systems https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-dsfp/#

Adult Continuing Education:
Diploma in Local and Regional Studies AD2868 Local Food Studies (sole lecturer) https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-dlrs/

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
2014-2016 Professor Jools Gilson School of Music and Theatre, UCCIRELAND
2018-2020 Kieran Hurley, Radio Producer and Radio Station Manager UCC 98.3KMIRELAND
2018-2019 John Fitzgerald, Director of Information Services and University Librarian Boole Library, University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
2016-2017: Dr Charles Luddington UCC/New York University, SteinhardtU.S.A.

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The Laurels, University College Cork , Western Road, Cork

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