Chef Director

It’s all about the food. Jack is our Chef Director overseeing our restaurant menus.

Born in Cornwall, Jack is the middle son of Rick and Jill Stein. His love for the hospitality world, in particular the kitchen and food-side of things, was apparent from a young age. He kicked off his career working as a kitchen porter during the school holidays, and at 16 tried his hand at front of house, working as a waiter throughout the remainder of his professional education. He studied at Cardiff University, completing a BSC in Psychology before going on to do a Masters in Ancient History. However, his heart was set on cooking, and he re-entered the family business as a Commis Chef at The Seafood Restaurant upon graduating, before becoming Sous Chef at Rick Stein’s Café.

Jack has since worked as a chef at restaurants across the world, including La Régalade in Paris, before extensive travels to Australia, the Far East and Japan, via a stint in the kitchen at Tetsuya’s, Sydney.

Jack has been Chef Director of our restaurants since 2017 and under his leadership, the business has undergone much change including the launch of his own cookery course at the Rick Stein’s Cookery School.

Jack is a familiar face on television, has filmed series’ including Wine, Dine and Stein (co-hosted with brother Charlie), Jack Stein: Born to Cook on SBS and UKTV food, and Inside the Box. Plus, appearances on Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, a regular spot on Steph’s Packed Lunch and also featured on ITV’s Cooking with the Stars as a Mentor Chef in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Jack was voted Best Chef at the 2023 Food Magazine Reader Awards.

He is also the author of cookbook, World on a Plate, released by Bloomsbury Cooks and Absolute Press.

Recreate some of Jack’s recipes here.

Follow Jack on Instagram and Twitter.


We’re very proud to share Jack Stein was voted Best Chef at the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2023. Recognising his role in leading our kitchen teams as Chef Director.

Great news! Jack will be hosting Rock Oyster Festival 2022 which takes places just across the water from our beloved Padstow. Fab food, great live music and family fun awaits in 29-31 July.

We’re very pleased to share Jack is set to feature on the Channel 4 lunchtime show, Steph’s Packed Lunch – hosted by consumer journalist Steph McGovern.