Jeff Mauro Bio

Get to know Season 7 Food Network Star winner and host of Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro.

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Born in Chicago, Jeff Mauro was a ham on a roll from the very beginning. Raised in a large family with four kids, he competed for attention not by making his sisters cry, but by making his family laugh. Jeff’s flair for the stage was discovered early, and from that point on, he immersed himself in the performing arts. When Jeff discovered the power of food, all bets were off. After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., he opened up Prime Time Deli & Catering in Westmont, Ill., with his cousin and instantly fell in love with cooking. During the day, Jeff would craft sandwiches, soups and salads; at night, he satisfied his performing bug playing the role of Tony in Chicago’s Tony and Tina's Wedding. With his professional cooking knowledge and his acting and improvisation skills polished, he moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to meld his two loves — cooking and comedy. After a few years in Hollywood, he upped the ante and enrolled in the Le Cordon Bleu culinary program to refine his cooking skills. Jeff graduated valedictorian, packed and returned to Chicago, where he taught cooking lessons, was a successful private corporate chef and sandwich artist, and performed on stage during the weekends. He won Season 7 of Food Network Star and currently hosts the Emmy-nominated series Sandwich King, which begins its fifth season in 2014. Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife, Sarah, and their 5-year-old son, Lorenzo, and Jeff's favorite color is pastrami.

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A Look Back: Jeff's Star Highlights

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Jeff Mauro is one of sixteen finalists on Season 7 of Food Network Star.

The Sandwich King Is Crowned

Jeff Mauro wins Season 7 of Food Network Star.

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The Pilot

Jeff shoots a pilot for Sandwich King.

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Iron Chef Jeff

Jeff advances to the finale after the Iron Chef Challenge on Star.

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Jeff and Rachael

Jeff charmed Rachael Ray on her daytime show and won the challenge.

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Lucky Charm

After one sweaty challenge, Jeff put on his lucky red headband and never looked back.

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Best Thing I Ever Ate

Jeff killed the Best Thing I Ever Ate: Chelsea Market Challenge with his hunger-inducing descriptions of a Reuben sandwich.

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King of Comedy

The guest comedians loved Jeff's performance at the roast.

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Photo Shoot

Jeff mugs for the camera during a photo shoot taken at the L.A. Farmer's Market, the location of the first Star Challenge of Season 7.

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Brainstorming

Jeff brainstorms his very first show promo.

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On Camera

Jeff presents one of his sandwiches for a Camera Challenge.

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