Jack was born in Cornwall and is the middle son of three boys. He began his career in the hospitality industry as a kitchen porter during school holidays in The Seafood Restaurant kitchen. At 16 he moved to front of house where he remained throughout his education. Jack completed a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Ancient History at Cardiff University.
Upon completing his Masters in 2003, he then returned to The Seafood Restaurant as commis chef, then became a sous chef at Rick Stein’s Café for another year. Jack then went on to Paris to work at La Régalade, which ignited a passion for travel and a period of “stage” placement work all over the world. During this time, Jack travelled to Australia for an extended stay at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, before exploring the Far East and Japan.
Upon his return to Padstow he soon became Executive Development Chef across the Stein Group. Jack participates in ‘Cook with Jack Stein’ courses at Rick Stein’s Cookery School, where students cook alongside him. He also returned to the west coast of Australia, where he filmed ‘Jack Stein Down Under: Born to Cook’, exploring the cuisine of the region and cooking up dishes with produce he discovered along the way. The show aired on UKTV Good Food in August 2017.
Most recently Jack has taken on the role as expert chef and judge on ITV’s brand new cooking competition, Cooking with the Stars.
Jack’s debut novel Jack Stein’s World on a Plate was published by Bloomsbury in July 2018 and his television profile started rising fast. In the first half of 2019 he filmed the second series of ‘Born to Cook’, and a series with his brother called ‘Wine, Dine, Stein’ for South Africa. He’s also filmed ‘Inside the Box’ which transmitted on Good Food in 2019. Jack makes regular appearances on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, showcasing his delectable dishes. He is a brand ambassador for the St Austell Brewery.
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