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. After two years he took up the position of sous chef at Rick Stein’s Café for another year.
Following this, Jack then went on to Paris to stage at La Régalade, which ignited a passion for travel and a period of stage 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 re-entered The Seafood Restaurant as sous chef before moving on to a tournant role across the whole company, to become Executive Development Chef. 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.
Jack’s debut novel Jack Stein’s World on a Plate was published by Bloomsbury in July 2018.
Jack has also been an ambassador for the St Austell Brewery.
Jack’s television profile is 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 transmits on Good Food in 2019.