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July 3, 2013

ULM alum stars in Discovery Channel special "King of the Grill"

On Wednesday, June 26, the Discovery Channel featured University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate Ritch Robin in the hour-long television special "King of the Grill."

Robin owns Gator Pit in Houston, Texas, where he creates and builds customized grills and barbeque pits – the television special highlights his work.

Ritch Robin creates the most out-of-this-world, high-tech grills and smokers.

From a Houston Texans football team cooker to fully customized West Coast Customs "Bigg Dane" cooker, "King of the Grill" follows Robin as he faces the pressure to build the next, one-of-a-kind grill for his clients – all while working alongside his eccentric family and friends.

Specifically, "King of the Grill" documents Ritch Robin as he builds a custom grill for his new client Galactic Coast Brewing.

The owners plan to launch their new line of craft beer at a space-themed launch party, but the event is only 5 days away and this leaves Ritch under a crushing deadline.

Never ones to back down from a challenge, Ritch and his team design and build an 18-foot BBQ grill replicating a space shuttle complete with three working thrusters that shoot 10-foot flames into the air.

It's a race against the clock, complicated by a surprise visit from Ritch's 73-year-old mother Bobbie Freeman of West Monroe.

To watch a promotional video of "King of the Grill" visit the Discovery Channel website

"King of the Grill" is produced for Discovery Channel by Wholly Cow Productions with Rick Silver, Lisa Silver, Marcus Fox and Ryan Senter serving as executive producers.

For Discovery Channel, John Moffet is executive producer and Zander Kanefield is associate producer.

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