Who is Jeff Mauro?
Jeff Mauro was born on 24 July 1978, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is a television host, best known for his work with the Food Network. He is the host of shows such as “The Kitchen”, “Sandwich King”, and “$24 in 24”. He is also the winner of the seventh season of the “Food Network Star” competition.
The Wealth of Jeff Mauro
How rich is Jeff Mauro? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2.3 million, earned through a successful career in the culinary industry. After his reality television win, he’s been highly active with his work, and has also ventured towards doing commercial projects.
As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
There is very limited information when it comes to Jeff’s life, as he has not shared any details about his family and childhood. He loved food and cooking at a young age, but had an inclination towards sandwiches, one which he would carry for most of his life.
After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Bradley University located in Peoria, Illinois, to study for a degree in radio and television, as he hadn’t yet thought of pursuing a career in the culinary field. The university was founded in 1897 and has over 5,000 students annually, pursuing degrees in over 130 programs across five colleges. The university is accredited by 23 national agencies including the Higher Learning Commission. Following the completion of his degree, he ventured towards cooking by joining the reality TV competition entitled the “Food Network Star” which as the title denotes, aired on the Food Network.
Food Network Star and Television Projects
“Food Network Star” is a reality show which began airing on 2005, and is produced by Triage Entertainment. The show has 15 contestants competing for an opportunity to have their own cooking show on the network. During the season, he maintained a strict focus towards sandwiches, which led to some criticism, with some pointing out that there were not enough sandwiches to fill out an entire season, which he rejected, stating that there are many types of food which can be classified as a sandwich. He also displayed a likeable personality and a sense of humor which won the judges over. Eventually, he would win the competition, leading to his first show on the network.
In 2012, he began “Sandwich King” which would gain a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award. The series as the name denotes focused on sandwiches, and used his likeable personality to help elevate the show. He often incorporates local Chicago restaurants in his episodes being originally from the area. After a two year run with “Sandwich King”, he then became the host of “The Kitchen” working alongside Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, and Geoffrey Zakarian.
“The Kitchen” is a cooking-focused talk show which began in 2014, and has been running for more than 20 seasons and over 90 episodes. The show has been nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award and in 2017, Valladolid announced her departure from the show stating her desire to focus more on her family. While working on “The Kitchen”, he also became the host of “$24 in 24” – the reality television series follows him as he travelled around the US and, with only $24 to spend on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The show ran for a season of seven episode, visiting locations Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. While he continues to be involved with the Food Network, he also recently started collaborating with Subway, appearing in ads for the company which is a franchise that focuses on selling submarine sandwiches they call subs and salads. It is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world, with over 42,000 locations in over 100 countries.
More than half of these locations are found in the US and is the largest single brand restaurant chain, while also being the largest restaurant operator in the world. He continues to be a big promoter and fan of sandwiches, often making new creations in his appearances. He has also expanded his repertoire, showcasing other types of culinary skills he’s developed over the years.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Jeff has been married to Sarah Mauro since 2005, and they have two children together; they also own a pet dog which they consider a part of the family.
Similar to numerous television personalities and cooks, he is highly active online through accounts on social media. He has an account on the website Twitter on which he has almost 90,000 followers, mainly using the platform to promote his work, including his upcoming television appearances. He also has an account on Facebook on which he has over 90,000 followers, though it has not been active since 2018. Another account he has is on Instagram on which he has over 325,000 followers. The platform shows a lot from his life away from his work, spending time with the family and cooking at home. He also posts a few behind the scenes photos while at work.