While their name might be a good hint, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
If that last name is familiar, you are right. Jack and Charlie Stein are the sons of renowned British chef, Rick Stein who has paved the way for his sons to follow in his footsteps. Celebrating a colourful career of his own, including successful food travel series, Rick's influence has surely worn off to his sons - however there are some interesting facts about Jack and Charlie Stein that you may have not known of before. As they embark on their own food travel series, focusing on exquisite wines and dining experiences around the world, here are some surprising things about the brothers to help you get acquainted.
They skipped school to source ingredients for their dad's restaurant
Yep! Rick and his then wife, Jill pulled the kids out of school to travel through Europe to source local ingredients for their restaurants. Jack remembers shucking oysters in Brittany, France at a young age when his classmates were in England doing homework.
Charlie is a qualified sommelier
While his older brother, Jack pursued an interest in food, youngest son, Charlie followed a passion in wine. Now as the Beverage Director at Rick's main hub, The Seafood Restaurant, Charlie also worked for The Vintner wine merchants in London - a highly esteemed company who only select a handful of credited sommeliers. Working collaboratively with his chef brother, Jack, Charlie also curates the wine lists for all the Stein restaurants around the world.
Heston Blumenthal was Jack's first boss
Jack started in his dad's Padstow restaurant as a 16-year-old, which then led to Jack being qualified chef - and with your dad as Rick Stein, come doors opened. Jack's first boss as a cook was Heston Blumenthal when he opened The Fat Duck in Bray, England.
This position was a pivotal move in Jack's career, as Heston was earning Michelin stars at a record pace. While Jack reveals that Heston was a tough boss, it would later prepare him for future roles in Sydney's Tetsuya's and Three Blue Ducks.
Jack has a psychology degree
As well as being a qualified chef, the second Stein son also has a degree in psychology. While Jack followed an interest in food since his teens, he tells that he went to Cardiff University in Wales to study psychology in case his chefing career didn't work out.
Safe to say, he never needed that degree.
Charlie is a keen traveller
Just one look at Charlie's Instagram and you get a taste of his colourful life. While he's part of the family business, Charlie is always on the move, hunting down the next riesling or chardonnay to go with his brother's newest food creation. Travelling around Asia, America, Africa and Europe, Charlie visits stunning destinations and tries the best local food and wine of the area.
While he posts Disney-esque French chateaus and vast green landscapes in rural Mexico, Australia's Margaret River is a special place for Charlie and his brother, Jack, both sourcing the best of the area's food and wine region.
Jack runs the entire Rick Stein empire
Nine of them, to be in fact. While his father gallivants around the world filming his own series and working offsite, Rick left the restaurants in the capable hands of Jack. It’s a full family operation with Jack’s mum, Jill, and older brother Ed focusing on the design side of things, while his younger brother Charlie looks after the wine.
When Jack isn't working, he hangs out at home with his fiancee and baby, Milo who they share.
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