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Inspired by her dedication to preserving the tradition of family mealtimes and driven by the spirit of entrepreneurism, Doris Christopher founded The Pampered Chef® from the basement of her suburban Chicago home in 1980.
Her experience as a home economics teacher and at-home mother enabled her to recognize the need for timesaving tools and techniques designed to make cooking quick and easy. She came up with a simple plan: offer professional quality kitchen equipment directly to consumers through in-home cooking demonstrations performed by a sales force of Pampered Chef® Consultants. Let customers see how the products work, try them out and even taste the results.
With the support of her husband, Jay, and two young daughters, Julie and Kelley, Christopher put her plan into action. Now, over twenty years later, her business has moved to a succession of progressively larger facilities and blossomed into a $700 million (£495 million) enterprise.
1994, Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine and Merrill Lynch selected Christopher as the regional winner of the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Masters category. Also in 1994, The Pampered Chef® was among Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in America. In fact, projected sales figures show the numbers growing at an average of almost $100 million (£70 million) each year for the next five years.
Christopher has repeatedly been included in Working Woman magazines listing of the nation's top women business owners, and she has appeared on regional and national television as an expert on family mealtimes, direct selling and entrepreneurship.
Doris' unfailing commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in women is woven into the very fabric of The Pampered Chef®. Many Pampered Chef® Consultants are mothers who have been empowered to develop lucrative businesses while staying home to raise their children and manage their households.
The Pampered Chef® brings families together, not only through its direct-selling opportunity, but also through its product line. Each piece is designed to make cooking faster and easier so that customers can spend less time in the kitchen and more with their families.
Doris Christopher believes When families share a meal, the bonds that hold that family together grow stronger.