Star Kitchen: Jeff Mauro
The Kitchen co-host shows us around his new Chicago home kitchen.
Go Behind-the-Scenes with Jeff Mauro
When Jeff Mauro first saw this house in Chicago last year, he was pretty sure he’d found his next home. “It’s built for three!” says The Kitchen cohost. There were three nooks in the mudroom and three spaces at the kitchen island — a perfect fit for him, his wife, Sarah, and their 10-year-old son, Lorenzo. Although the kitchen already had high-end appliances like a Wolf stove and Sub-Zero fridge, it needed work: The decor was plain and uninspired. Jeff and Sarah painted the butler’s pantry pink and the window trim black and installed striking gold pendants over the island. It was a high-priority upgrade because the Mauros spend most of their free time in the kitchen, and nearly every night they eat dinner at the island: Jeff cooks Lorenzo’s favorite meals, like cheeseburgers and meatloaf, and Sarah does the dishes. The setup is almost too good to be true, Jeff says. “When I’m prepping on that island and pumping music, I have to pinch myself.”
After Jeff’s grandmother passed away in 2017, Jeff’s mom gave him a scrapbook that his grandmother made of his press clippings. “Nobody keeps stuff like this anymore,” Jeff says. “It’s a reminder of where I came from and my journey so far.”
Jeff’s family gave him and Sarah this collection of red Le Creuset for their wedding 13 years ago. The pieces came from an outlet store, so some have little chips or cracks. Jeff loves that the cookware has character.
One of the Mauros’ first moves when they updated the kitchen was to paint the window trim in black lacquer. “It changed the whole room, and it’s the first thing people talk about when they see the space,” Jeff says.
Jeff’s parents collected pig-themed items and filled his childhood home with them. When his parents downsized, Jeff and Sarah inherited this large ceramic pig.