It’s true, Jeff Mauro fell for the arts even before he fell for cooking. Immersing himself in the performing arts at an early age, the Illinois native split his time in Chicago between a lead role in Tony and Tina’s wedding and making soups, sandwiches and salads at his first eatery, Prime Time Deli & Catering. Jeff later moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of blending his comedic skills with his culinary talents. While in Hollywood, he enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu to further sharpen his cooking skills and graduated as class valedictorian. Soon after, Jeff packed up his knives and returned home to Chicago where he became a private corporate chef and sandwich artist. But all the while, he stayed true to his commitment to the arts, performing on the stage on weekends. Jeff won Season 7 of Food Network Star. He currently hosts the Emmy-nominated Sandwich King, which is in its sixth season, and co-hosts The Kitchen . Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife, Sarah, and their 5-year-old son, Lorenzo. His favorite sandwich is pastrami on rye with a schmear of mustard.