Our story starts like so many was born from unfortunate events that fueled a fire within to do something different. Becky Repic had lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to Alzheimer’s; a rapidly increasing, irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. today
Becky was determined to do all the research she could to better understand what factors and environmental elements could be linked to the deadly disease. This has resulted in removing certain metals from her life-style including Teflon and aluminum. It was also important to maintain an overall healthy life-style as other conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes can all be factors that may contribute to Alzheimer’s.
With Ray’s assistance, the PhatMat product line was born. The first product, the PhatMat, was a food grade silicone, BPA free, FDA approved baking mat that was originally created for the commercial bakery business. The PhatMat is non-stick, easy to clean replacement for parchment paper, aluminum foil, Teflon pans, chemical non-stick sprays fats and grease used for cooking. Thousands of happy and healthy customers use their PhatMat’s as a healthy alternative.
Since Ray loved to grill, the next product was focused on bringing the benefits of the PhatMat to the grillers of the world. The PhatMat Griller is a PFOA based, non-stick silicone grill mat. With its unique “mesh” design, food doesn’t sit in its own grease and fat like the more traditional grill mats. As a BBQ enthusiasts Ray loves using smokers of various designs to come up with some wonderful “low and slow” food candy! The mesh design allows smoke to permeate the mat promoting a full, smoky flavor to your foods. It also keeps food off nasty char on grill grates. This char has been identified by the American Institute for Cancer Research as containing a high carcinogen content.
In 2017 we expanded our product line to outdoor entertainment! Thus Grillin Chill Gear was born encompassing the PhatMat Brand. Stay tuned for an ever expanding line of Chill Products to enjoy!