Popular Cooking Host 'Mr. Food' Dies

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Mr. Food, host of the popular cooking segment on 7 News At Noon, died Wednesday at his home in Weston, Florida.

Mr. Food's real name was Art Ginsburg. He was 81.

He was originally from Troy and started his cooking segment in the Albany area decades ago.

Coincidentally, Tom Mailey was in our studio when we learned Mr. Food died.

Mailey, a spokesman now for Stewart's Shops, worked at the Albany TV station where Ginsburg taped his shows years ago.

Although out of touch for several years, Mailey has fond memories of working with the man, who he described as "a hugger."

Click on the picture to hear what Mailey had to say about the venerable cooking star.

Ginsburg enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline "Ooh! It's so good!"

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over a year ago.

The cancer had gone into remission following early treatments and surgery, but returned earlier this month.
 
Ginsburg had an unlikely formula for success in this era of reality cooking shows, flashy chefs and artisanal foods.

With a pleasantly goofy, grandfatherly manner and a willingness to embrace processed foods, Ginsburg endeared himself to millions of home cooks via 90-second segments syndicated to 125 local television stations around the country, including 7 News.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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