Star Scrapbook: Jeff Mauro

Flip through a Food Network Star finalist's scrapbook for an up-close-and-personal look at journal entries and snapshots taken inside the Star house.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

The Sandwich King

Jeff Mauro, a comedian-turned-chef from Chicago, carried his Sandwich King POV all the way to the finale.

Star Scrapbook

The finalists were given Food Network journals upon arrival in L.A. to use for challenge-planning and reflection. Jeff's was full of prep lists and a few rough sketches.

On-Point POV

On an early page of his journal, Jeff drew this cartoon that exemplifies his sandwich POV.

Strong Start

Jeff kicked off the season with a breakfast sandwich and a solid camera presentation. Bob Tuschman's reaction said it all: "Wow. Bring it on."

Prep List

Always thinking like a chef, Jeff wrote out a prep list and all of the equipment he would need for a challenge.

Goofing Around

The finalists were also given digital cameras to document life behind the scenes in the Star house. Here, Jeff mugs for the camera while munching on carrots.

Dish Switch

For the Cougar Town Challenge, Jeff planned to make the Thai lettuce cups outlined here, but couldn't find ground chicken or turkey. He used tofu instead, and even Paula Deen loved the dish.

Lucky Charm

After a sweaty challenge at Scarpetta, Jeff adopted his "lucky headband" and sported it throughout the rest of the season.

Mise en Place

His handwriting might be tough to read, but Jeff always kept himself organized in the kitchen.

Hanging in Hollywood

During a rare moment of relaxation, Jeff and Whitney kicked back on the terrace of the Star house.

The Roast

Jeff scored a big win at the roast, where he had to impress a panel of comedians with the beef dish outlined here.

In His Zone

As a former standup comedian himself, Jeff felt a ton of pressure during this challenge. He delivered: "He was the most at ease," said Gilbert Gottfried.

Iron Chef Jeff

For the Iron Chef Challenge, Jeff got to pick his sous chef and immediately chose Whitney. Ultimately, they lost to Susie in Battle Lobster.

Commentary King

Jeff's highest point was the commentary portion of the battle. "You did something that I didn't think was possible," said Bob. "You charmed Alton Brown." He made it through to the finale.

"Best Dish of Your Life"

A surprise Camera Challenge in the finale threw everyone for a loop. For the "best dish of his life," Jeff made an eggplant Parm sandwich. Giada called it "one of my all-time favorite sandwiches."

Pilot

Jeff made it to the final two and geared up to shoot his Sandwich King pilot with Guy Fieri directing. "Jeff has star power," Guy said. "It's all there."

Winning Moment

Jeff's family was waiting in the wings when his name was announced as the newest Food Network Star. "This moment is beyond anything I could ever expect," said the newly crowned Sandwich King.

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