Howard J. Rosenthal
Chief Operating Officer/On-Air Talent
Howard Rosenthal is the Chief Food Operating Officer (CFO) and On-Air personality of the Mr. Test Kitchen. Howard joined the company in 1994 as Vice President of Creative Business Development and continues to be the driving force behind the company’s creative vision and strategic growth. Prior to joining the company, he and his wife, Patty, owned and operated a hugely successful catering and event management company in upstate New York for more than 16 years. When Howard isn’t working (which is a rarity) he loves traveling with his wife, going to the movies, and entertaining friends and family.
Steve Ginsburg, Chief Executive Officer of the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, provides the company with global guidance. He manages contractual issues and oversees our many TV station partnerships. He continues to be instrumental in making the Mr. Food brand a forerunner in the marketplace, with the Mr. Food segment being the longest running syndicated show in television history. In his many years as CEO, he has received widespread recognition for his leadership. Steve earned his degree in Restaurant Management from the State University of New York/Cobleskill. He is actively involved in many local not-for-profit organizations.
Patty is the driving force in the Mr. Food Test Kitchen as she manages recipe creation for all divisions of the company. Since joining the company in 1994, she has been coordinating an in-house team of creative home economists to develop, test, and style recipes following the quick & easy philosophy of the brand. In 2008, she instituted the Mr. Food triple-tested program, ensuring that all Test Kitchen recipes are tested, tasted, and tweaked to guarantee they earn an “OOH IT’S SO GOOD!!” seal of approval! During her free time she loves working in the garden, curling up with a good book, and exploring inspirational new restaurants with her husband and friends.
Jodi Flayman joined the company in 1999 and has been an integral part of the company’s growth. After progressing from Project Coordinator to Project Manager, Jodi was named the Director of Publishing in 2015. With a B.S. degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and an extensive business marketing background, she oversees all aspects of the company’s rapidly growing publishing division. Today, she manages every detail from concept to printing, ensuring that each title meets the high quality and standards that customers and clients have grown to expect. In Jodi’s free time, she loves traveling the world with her husband, spending time with her kids, and actively gives back to the community as she is involved in multiple non-profit organizations.
Danielle joined our team in 2018 after more than 10 years of experience specializing in consumer acquisition in the motion picture and TV industry, with a focus in consumer products. Now she is excited to bring her passion for food by building brand-inspired communities through a multi-platform approach. In her spare time she loves hosting themed dinner parties, solving problems with avocados and gracefully falling over when holding a yoga pose.
Special Projects Coordinator
Jaime has been a member of the Mr. Food team for more than 15 years and is always ready to roll up her sleeves. Prior to entering the workforce, Jamie studied theatrical arts. Afterwards, she acquired an extensive background in corporate recruiting and customer service. Today, as Special Projects Coordinator, Jaime combines her long-standing knowledge of the company and its clients with her ability to get things done on time – and she always exceeding expectations. When not working, she loves to cook, be with friends, and explore the country with her family.
When Barb joined the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, it was the perfect match. Plus her infectiously cheerful personality combined with a lifetime of office management has made her the company’s brand ambassador. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband, two sons, and three very active grandchildren. Barb loves being part of the Mr. Food family since she is surrounded with such talented individuals – we all come together and make a dynamic team!
Roxana joined the Mr. Food Test Kitchen in 2014. She loves crunching numbers and is responsible for supervising the quality of the accounting and financial reporting of our organization. When not poring over accounts payable and receivables, Roxana loves spending time with her husband at their sons’ martial arts competitions and soccer matches.
Victoria is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Photography. She joined the Mr. Food team in 2017 with a passion for food and an eye for aesthetic. Victoria has a diverse background in commercial photography and television production, branding, digital media, and technology. In her free time, Victoria is on an endless pursuit of breaking powerlifting records fueled by equal parts ice cream and determination.
Kelly is a gifted photographer who brings an incredible sense of energy to the company. After joining the company in 2010, she brought her creativity as a food photographer, stylist, and all-around artistic personality to the table. Kelly has a degree in Photography from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. You may also find Kelly bopping in and out of our syndicated TV segments, adding an element of fun for the viewers. Kelly recently adopted a handful of playful chickens (real chickens!) and loves taking care of them, talking to them, and in return they supply her with lots of farm-fresh eggs every morning.
After working full time with the Mr. Food Test Kitchen for more than 8 years, Amy has taken on a consulting role as business analyst for the company. Amy’s passion for good food has been lifelong, and when you blend that with her in-depth business analytics, it makes for a winning combination. This mom believes that to feed the soul, you have to serve from the heart, zo she regularly cooks for family and friends. What else does she believe? Perfectly cooked bacon will be served at every meal in heaven (calorie free, of course).
Social Media Specialist
Merly is a graduate from Florida International University who holds a B.A. in English. Her passion for food and writing brought her to the Mr. Food Test Kitchen in February 2014. Over the years, her passion for corporate social media has earned her latest position with the company. When not at her computer, she is at the gym teaching CrossFit, reading books, and searching for the best burger joint in town. She also believes that food is an adventure worth sharing (and writing about)!
Carol and her team ensure that the Mr. Food library of recipes adhere to the Quick & Easy philosophy of the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Her editorial expertise and attention to detail is an asset to all divisions of the Mr. Food Test Kitchen brand. Carol has a BA degree in History from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining the Mr. Food team, she was a regional executive director for the American Heart Association.
Kalie graduated from the esteemed Palm Beach Atlantic University with a B.A. in Communications. Once she came on board at the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, her talents were instantly recognized. Today, Kalie focuses her talents on various multimedia platforms, including but not limited to: the company’s social media network, producing content for its 11 weekly eNewsletters, and updating content on both MrFood.com and EverydayDiabetics.com. In her spare time, Kalie enjoys trips to her local bookstore, growing her collection of horror movies, and spending time on the water.
Natasha graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in English before honing her talents as a freelance writer and then ultimately joining the Mr. Food Test Kitchen Team. Now, she loves coming to work every day where she can combine two of her favorite things: writing and and food! When she’s not spending time with her husband and rambunctious toddler, you’ll find Natasha writing her own stories, nerding out at the comic shop, and whipping up “extreme” recipes for Sunday Funday with the family.
Director / Executive Producer
Dave oversees the technical aspects of the nationally syndicated Mr. Food Test Kitchen television segment. During his extensive career, he has been involved in a multitude of roles in television production. From Programming Director to Director of Photography and everything in between, Dave has shown flying colors in all areas of TV. His expertise is now being lent to steer the Mr. Food Test Kitchen TV segments into the future. Dave is a huge dog lover and is actively involved with his local dog park where he takes his best friend, Archer.
Director of Video Production
Dan has been an integral part of our production team since 2001, always keeping abreast of the latest technological advances that the industry has realized. Dan’s knowledge and hands-on experience continue to bring our segment to life on a daily basis. When Dan is not editing, he turns into Captain Dan, when he drives an assortment of boats around Disney World resorts. Oh – and did we mention he used to be a professional skateboarder?