'Food Network Star' Winner Jeff Mauro to Tackle 'Sandwich King'

'Food Network Star' Winner Jeff Mauro to Tackle 'Sandwich King'

Mauro and Susie Jimenez filmed their own pilots as the last challenge, while Vic Moea was eliminated earlier in the season finale.

Jeff Mauro is officially the new "Food Network Star" after winning season 7 of the cooking contest. He beat out the other top 2 finalist Susie Jimenez with his "easy way in front of the camera and an idea no one else had put him over the top" in the season finale which was aired on Sunday, August 14.

Mauro's show "Sandwich King", whose pilot was shot as the last challenge of the reality series, will start airing on Sunday, August 21 at 11:30 A.M. on Food Network. He was very nervous during the filming, but managed to deliver great jokes on the final result.

Opening up to Zap2it about the most difficult challenge, he said it was "the anxiety of not knowing what is coming next, having everything in your life mapped out without knowing where you are going."

"Your brain stews while you come up with scenarios and of course being away from your family, it affects you," Mauro went on explaining. "And if you are strong enough, you can tell yourself you are doing this for them and not let them down by focusing on homesickness too much."

The finale started with three remaining contestants - Mauro, Jimenez and Vic "Vegas" Moea - but Moea was sent home after the Camera Challenge and did not film the pilot. The episode also brought back previously eliminated contestants as the focus group who watched the pilots along with the judges.

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    Sep 13, 2011

    I have loved Jeffsince he FIRST appeared on Food Net Star. Ha has all of the appeal of anyone you would ever want to see on TV. You want to hang out with him, you want him to be you best friend, big brother and bofriend all at the same time. TOO BAD he is married. I am watching the "Cod Slider" episode on IO on Demand, because i dont want to miss his shows. I think he will go very far, and above and beyond the food network, if you guys are'nt careful!!!!! Jeff, keep it up. My new FAVORITE Food Network star!!!!! I am so happy that the judges went in the right direction, I LOVE YOU JEFF!!!!!!! Best of luck!!!

    Aug 15, 2011

    I think this time foodnetwork got it right. I am a big foodnetwork fan. Have so many favorites. Did not care for last years winner and do not watch her show at all. He may be the next GUY. Keep up the good work

    Aug 15, 2011

    Great choice! He's the more polished of all... and has the personality to remain on tv

    Aug 15, 2011

    Jeff had my vote way back!! So genuine, handsome, charismatic, and funny!!! Can't wait to watch Sandwich King!!

    Aug 15, 2011

    Jeff was a great choice but, i def. would have went with VIC. He wasn't as good in from of the camera but still had the most potential in my opinion.

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