Steve Jobs famously said that when you look back on your life, “the dots connect”. They certainly do in the case of Brett Stein. From his mother, his drive and ambition, and from his father, his love and compassion for people. The golden thread throughout his life is food. His parents were hotel managers around Cape Town. In Israel, as the child of a single parent in a new country, he was very aware that they were not financially or socially on par with other people and started dishwashing at 12 years old – wanting to “move up” and provide something different for those around him. The army, which is the one thing in his life he would not have done had he a choice, ironically paved the way for his ultimate success by training him in volume cooking and logistics.