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.

Videos: Exclusive Bloopers and Recipe Highlights
More from Sandwich King
Sandwich King Extras
Sandwich Central

Find additional sandwich recipes ideal for brown-bag lunches and go-to dinners.

Browse Episodes
Full Episode Guide
  • 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!

  • One of the reasons sandwiches are so popular is because they're so portable. And the pocket sandwich travels easiest of all. Jeff's favorite - the panzerotti, or pocket pizza - comes out of a place called Massa, owned and operated by one of his oldest friends, Angelo Lollino. Jeff checks in with Angelo for a little joking around and some straight-up pocket-sandwich philosophy, then heads back home with big ideas. His own version of that beloved panzerotti is first up, and then Jeff tucks some juicy steak fajitas deep down inside a pocket, and serves it with a tangy homemade mango guacamole.

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."

Recipes from the Show
Shows You Might Like