Jeff Mauro

Better Between Bread

Join Jeff at some of Chicago's best sandwich hot spots, then follow him into the kitchen, where he'll put his spin on signature creations.

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  • Burgers hold a very special place in the Sandwich King's foodie heart. Especially the way Jeff's friend Eddie makes them at his beloved lunch-only spot, Edzo's. Using beef he grinds fresh every day, and working up a perfect crust on a cast-iron griddle, Eddie's burgers inspire Jeff to fry up his ultimate burger, topped with tangy secret dressing, and served with easy oven fries. Then Jeff switches it up with a classic patty melt done one better by using healthy ground turkey. A show so mouthwatering, you'll need extra napkins!

  • This one-hour special brings together some of Food Network's favorite hosts for a vacation like no other. The Kitchen's Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee, Chopped's Amanda Freitag, and Guy's Grocery Games' Melissa d'Arabian, along with their families and friends, set sail on The Disney Dream cruise ship for three days of sun, fun and food. Go behind the scenes as the hosts go where no cameras have gone before — the inner workings of the ship's galleys, the kitchens, where The Dream's talented chefs prepare food for thousands every day. And no cruise would be complete without surf, sand and, of course, incredible meals.

  • You can't talk about Chicago barbecue without mentioning Russell's, and this iconic spot figures prominently in Jeff's food biography as well. This was where his folks would take him to celebrate life's little achievements, and the food has since set up shop in Jeff's heart. He watches with reverence as manager Ben Tarpia takes him into the kitchen and to the pit. Still smelling of wood-smoke, Jeff rushes back home to fire up his own pit, and goes straight-up luau with a Hawaiian BBQ pork sandwich decked in pineapple, then goes stateside for a chicken salad on Texas toast, paired with potato salad. Fire it up!

  • Jeff visits Saigon Sisters to discover the secrets of the Vietnamese classic banh mi, and mimics the salty and sweet flavors in his own Vietnamese Sub. Back in his kitchen Jeff shows how to make a great veggie packed Shrimp Spring Roll, and finishes off his Asian menu with a mouth-watering Vietnamese Chicken Soup.

  • Taking a walk down memory lane, Jeff and his dad visit Jim's Original, home of the classic bone-in pork chop sandwich. Jeff then returns to the kitchen to show off his own Pork Loin Sandwich with pickled fresnos and caramelized onions. And nothing says Chicago street food like a Fish Dog: Jeff's frying up his cod into strips and layering it on a hotdog bun with a homemade tartar sauce. It's all washed town with Italian Lemonade.

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  • As an Italian-American from Chicago, Jeff's heart pumps red sauce. Good thing Italians are also known for their spectacular sandwiches. Jeff's friend Paula from Danny's Cafe makes his all-time favorite Italian-style sandwich: The fried meatball hero. So the Sandwich King soaks in some inspiration before heading home to have a whack at this special sandwich himself. When he's done with that, it's on to another slice of Italy: a cheesy eggplant parmesan hero. A simple chopped salad rounds things off. Buon appetito!

About the Host

Jeff Mauro, winner of the seventh season of Food Network Star, now hosts Sandwich King and The Kitchen.

About the Show

Join Food Network Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro as he shares his passion for all things sandwiches. For Jeff, sandwiches are much more than something eaten between two pieces of bread, and you'll quickly see why he's fond of saying, "You can make any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a meal."

More About Sandwich King

Join Food Network Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro as he shares his passion for all things sandwiches. For Jeff, sandwiches are much more than something eaten between two pieces of bread, and you'll quickly see why he's fond of saying, "You can make any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a meal."

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