Steve Jacobs exclusive: ‘Why I had to leave TV behind’

Today's former weatherman is loving life following a surprise new career change.
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The storms of life might have knocked Steven Jacobs about, but thanks to a life change the father-of-two sees only blue skies ahead. 

Four years on from his last stint presenting the weather on Today, Steve, now 57, has just opened a restaurant in the Sydney hotspot of Enmore, and seems happier than ever!

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Called Bonditony’s Burger Joint, the Enmore Road eatery is the “coolest burger joint in Australia”, declares Steve, and is the baby of the ex-weatherman and his mate Tony Gosden. Former music promoter Tony is also the brains behind the hugely successful Bonditony’s restaurant in the Sydney beachside suburb the chain is named after, Bondi.

While Steve still works at radio station 2GB, his new career harks back to his youth.

Australian personality Steve Jacobs makes cocktail in a bar
Steve is right at home behind the bar of his new Sydney eatery Bonditony’s Burger Joint. (Credit: Phillip Castleton/New Idea)

“I’m no stranger to hospitality,” Steve tells New Idea. “I grew up with my parents working in their supermarket and their motels. I learnt so much from them.”

Even so, you won’t catch him flipping any burgers!

“No, I won’t be cooking,” he says with a big laugh. “I’m co-director, co-owner with Tony. We’re making all the decisions together. “I’m front of house, greeting people, looking after them, offering a big smile and friendly service.”

Two men pose with drinks in hands
Steve and his mate, Tony Gosden, are open for business in Sydney’s Enmore! (Credit: Instagram)

Steve’s friendship with Tony came at a time when he was suffering intense sadness following the end of his marriage to wife Rosie. The pair share daughters Isabella,12, and Francesca, 10, and relocated their family to Vanuatu in 2017 for the sake of their marriage, but it couldn’t be salvaged.

“I came back from Vanuatu with the kids completely broken-hearted and I had to start a new life as a single dad and that was very, very hard,” Steve says. “My career was all about live morning TV and travel and I couldn’t be away from my girls. I had to be there to take care of them, so I had to wind back the television career quite a bit, which I don’t regret for a second.”

Steve Jacobs celebrates birthday with daughters
Steve celebrated his 57th birthday on January 8 with daughters Isabella and Francesca. (Credit: Instagram)

Steve shares equal custody with Rosie, and says his girls are his whole world.

“They are the most beautiful children and we have the most incredible relationship, like I had with my parents,” he tells us proudly.

As for his friend Tony, Steve views him as a gift from God.

“We’ve been great mates for about four years now,” he says. “We instantly connected, like brothers. One day he said to me, ‘I want to expand my business and I want to do it with a mate. Would you be interested?’”

Steve jumped at the opportunity. And now, he’s ensconced in his quirky restaurant with Tony’s music memorabilia adorning the walls. There’s even a small stage where bands will play.

He’s also found love again with girlfriend of two years, Amanda King.

“Things are going well,” Steve confirms with a flash of his trademark grin.

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