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Jeff Mauro

Sandwich King

Born in 1978 in Chicago, IL, Jeff Mauro was a ham on a roll from the very beginning. As one of 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 on in the Roosevelt Jr. High 3rd grade production of Let George Do It!   From that point on, he immersed himself in the performing arts and flourished.   

After graduating from Bradley University in glorious Peoria, IL, he opened up a deli with his cousin and instantly fell in love with cooking.  During the day Jeff would craft sandwiches, salads, soups and sauces.  During the night, he satisfied his comedic bug playing the role ‘Tony’ in the long-running Chicago production of Tony and Tina's Wedding. With both his professional cooking knowledge and performance skills polished, he moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to meld his two loves - cooking and comedy.  After a few years hustling in Hollywood, he upped the ante and enrolled in culinary school to refine his cooking skills.  Jeff graduated Valedictorian, packed up his Honda and returned to Chicago where he was a culinary instructor, a successful private corporate chef, and local comedic performer.  After 3 unsuccessful audition attempts, he finally landed himself on Season 7 of Food Network Star, which he totally won.  

Jeff Mauro is now the host of Food Network's Emmy-nominated Sandwich King (in it’s 5th season!) and 24$ in 24 hours. He has made above-average appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America, and the Today Show.  He loves spending time with his wife and first love Sarah, playing above-average blues guitar and roughhousin’ with his five-year-old son and co-star Lorenzo.  His favorite color is pastrami. 


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