Sandwich King Jeff Mauro on ABC7

February 16, 2012 9:50:40 AM PST
Jeff Mauro, The Foodnetwork's Sandwich King, is an Elmwood Park native who showcases sandwiches inspired by Chicago restaurants and makes them his own.

The second season of the Sandwich King premieres this Sunday. Mauro is here in our kitchen making the Roast Beast Master Sandwich with Crispy and Onions and Creamy Horseradish Sauce.

The Roast Beast Master with Crispy Onions and Creamy Horseradish Sauce Three-Tone Power Slaw Pastrami Rueben aka The Rachel

Mauro, winner of the seventh season of Food Network Star, graduated from California's Hollywood Kitchen Academy and has worked in the food industry since high school in various roles, including line cook, caterer and chef instructor. After pursuing a career as an entertainer and comedian in Los Angeles, Jeff returned to Chicago to spend time doing what he loves: cooking. His down-to-earth personality coupled with his comic relief make a great combination in the kitchen. In his Food Network cooking show Sandwich King, Jeff proves you can turn any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a delicious meal.


NEW YORK -- February 7, 2012 -- Jeff Mauro, season-seven winner of Food Network Star and hoagie aficionado, returns to Food Network daytime for a second season of Sandwich King premiering Sunday, February 19th at 11am ET/PT. Mauro takes Food Network viewers on a mouthwatering journey as he visits his favorite hometown restaurants in Chicago, including the Palace Grill, Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie and Chicago's French Market, in search of his favorite sandwiches. Whether it is a Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, a Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, or a Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan Hero, Jeff heads back to the kitchen to add his own spin on these sandwiches and more, proving you can make any sandwich into a meal, and any meal into a sandwich.

Episodes include:

Premiering Sunday, February 19th at 11am -- SEASON PREMIERE!
"Double-Dose of Cozy"
Jeff doubles up on the coziness by creating dishes that exemplify comfort food, as he heads to the Palace Grill to get the scoop on a couple of classics from his friend, George. Gooey Grilled Cheese is on the menu, and Jeff takes some of that inspiration home and does it one better with his Grilled Cheese Two Ways. Next up, the Sandwich King pairs Meatloaf with Crispy Onions on a Potato Roll, while finishing with a warm bowl of Roasted Tomato Soup.

Premiering Sunday, February 26th at 11am
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 Café makes his all-time favorite Italian-style sandwich, the Fried Meatball Hero. 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, with a Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan Hero, before rounding things off with a simple Chopped Salad.

Premiering Sunday, March 4th at 11am
"Deli Delights"
During Jeff's formative years as a Sandwich Prince, he worked at a deli working the meat slicer, with his constant companions of corned beef, pastrami and lots of fresh rye bread. As the Sandwich King, Jeff visits Fumare Meats in Chicago's French Market where he gets a tasty tour of some of Fumare's favorites, before putting together his special take on that tart and cheesy creation, the Pastrami Reuben. You can't be truly deli without Coleslaw, so Jeff shreds up a fresh batch before slicing and stacking roast beef into a sandwich that reaches new heights of savory deliciousness.

Premiering Sunday, March 11th at 11am
"Sweet and Yummy Dessert Sandwiches"
Sandwiches can be a lot of things -- but dessert? The Sandwich King heads to innovative pastry shop Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie to prove it. With some pointers from chef and owner Cindy Summers, Jeff gets inspired to whip up a sandwich that would make Elvis proud -- a crunchy, sweet, and creamy Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Next, he reinvents the ice cream sandwich by pairing ice cream with homemade chocolate turtles. Wash it down with a decadent Chocolate Cake Shake, and you'll be ready for a nap.

Premiering Sunday, March 18th at 11am
"Bring Home the Baking"
There's one thing all sandwiches have in common: bread. Whether white or wheat, roll or hero -- good bread is essential for a good sandwich. The Sandwich King pays a visit to his Aunt Rita and Uncle Joel, who happen to run a deli & bakery, to get some ideas for dressing up the outside of the sandwich. After a little time at the kneading board, Jeff heads back home to get yeasty with it, baking a Homemade Focaccia for a Mediterranean-inspired Grilled Chicken Sandwich and some Pretzel Bread to elevate a humble hot dog. A show so delicious, you'll want to eat it fresh out of the oven.

Premiering Sunday, March 25th at 11am
"Breakfast for Dinner"
Most of us think of sandwiches as lunch, but when you're having breakfast for dinner anything goes! Chicago's Deluxe Diner lives up to its name, and makes one of Jeff's favorite breakfast sandwiches, a Monte Cristo on French Toast; the Sandwich King then heads home to work the griddle and break out his own version. Later, Jeff takes the day-for-night inspiration even further and makes a sandwich as delicious as it is audacious, a Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich. Finish with a side of Bacon Braised Collard Greens and you won't care what time it is.

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