In 1980 Doris Christopher, former home economics teacher and stay-at-home mom, decided to supplement the family income by selling quality kitchenware by doing in-home presentations to small groups of women. The key to her success was in demonstrating the ease and versatility of the products by preparing food during her presentations and selling products that she felt passionate about. In her first year she did $50,000 in business and soon after The Pampered Chef was born.
With $3000 in start up money Doris built a business and made it an international success by creating a mission that resonates with most people: To bring families together at the table for shared mealtimes. The company continued to grow even through the 1990's as other party plan merchandisers began to lose business due to changing lifestyles. It spread to the UK in 1999 and Germany in 2000. In 2002 Doris Christopher sold The Pampered Chef to Warren Buffett. Today, The Pampered Chef is a multi-level marketing company with an international workforce of 60,000 that still continues to offer high quality kitchen products.
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