The Pampered Chef
is Doris Christopher’s extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative
concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the
billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights
for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and
teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus
as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and
determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started
selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of
women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The
Pampered Chef, is celebrating more than twenty-fifth years of business and has
grown into a corporation with tens of thousands of independent kitchen
consultants. Now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, The Pampered Chef’s Kitchen
Consultants present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than
12 million people.
The Pampered Chef is
the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher
and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a
“one-woman show,” chronicles the company’s gradual expansion, its challenges
and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound
strategies on how to found and grow a business, including:
- Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs
- How to create a business concept and set your priorities
- Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that
demand doesn’t overwhelm your operations or supplies
- How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity
Today, as at the company’s founding, achieving a better
balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef’s mission.
The Pampered Chef brings
Christopher’s recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere. Download and start listening now!