The Pampered Chef**
** Trademark of The Pampered Chef

The Pampered Chef
Copyright Jeffrey Babener

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Founding Story
The Pampered Chef is located in Addison, IL. Doris Christopher founded the company in the basement of her Chicago home in 1980. Prior to starting The Pampered Chef, she taught home economics and was an at-home mother. Her skills involved finding ways to keep her family dinner together while finding easy and quick ways to bring dinner to the table.

Impact on the Industry
The Pampered Chef is a member of the Direct Selling Association and ( has been since 1986, and it is also a member of the Better Business Bureau Online. 

Discussion of Products
The Pampered Chef sells kitchen tools. Over 300 items are carried at any one time and 80 percent of all products are exclusive to the company.   

Discussion of Opportunity
The Pampered Chef offers some of the best training in the industry with interactive, web-based training, fun and engaging courses and business fundamentals that include goal setting, recruiting, host-coaching techniques, and customer care. 

Representatives can earn dream vacations, jewelry and free products.

The company offers an example of the commission representatives can earn:

The Pampered Chef

The Pampered Chef offers the following chart that displays the income range potential representatives can receive:

The Pampered Chef

To join the company, one must purchase a starter kit and schedule their first cooking show. For more information, one must contact the company.

Discussion of Distributor Base and Sales Volume in U.S.
Today, The Pampered Chef is an ( company worth millions and the company has over tens of thousands of distributors. The Pampered Chef operates worldwide.

In 2010, The Pampered Chef ranked as the 25th largest global direct selling company, with net sales of $500 million, 65,000 salespeople and 800 employees. In 2011, the company reported net sales of $500 million.

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