Jeff Mauro gets his own show as the next "Food Network Star"

Jeff Mauro, of Elmwood Park the “Sandwich King” was crowned the next  “Food Network Star” during the series finale Sunday night. His new show, also titled “Sandwich King” premieres Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on the Food Network.

Mauro formerly worked as corporate chef for a Chicago mortgage company, Guaranteed Rate, in Ravenswood. His last day at Guaranteed Rate was Thursday.

Mauro's new show will feature six episodes with footage shot in and around Chicago. On the menu: A Chicago steakhouse sandwich; a mortadella and fig “focaccianini”; and a play on a Chicago icon – a chicken Vesuvio sandwich on a French roll with peas, mushrooms and pepper.

Mauro is also busy promoting the first-ever book produced in conjunction with the series: “Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide to America’s Hottest Foods Show” (William Morrow Cookbooks, $21.99). Mauro is scheduled to sign books at Macy’s, 111 N. State St., with fellow contestant Vic “Vegas” Moea” at 2 p.m. August 27, 2011.
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