Doris Christopher is the founder and chairman of the Pampered Chef business, which sells quality cooking tools. Christopher's urge to form the Pampered Chef started when she observed that more time was spent cooking the meal, than spent around the table with family, enjoying the food. Thanks in part to her experience as an economics teacher, and also as a stay-at-home mom, she had an idea about how what sort of changed would be good to make to the traditional cooking tools.
In 1980, with a $3,000 loan from an insurance company, Christopher started the Pampered Chef from the basement of her Chicago-located home. To make the products more appealing, and easier for potential customers to use, she decided that the easiest way to sell them would to demonstrate them in the homes, instead of just having a store. Thus, Pampered Chef parties were formed.
More than 20 years later, and Pampered Chef has turned into a huge business, worth several million dollars. Christopher still oversees the design of the products, and is active in her business.
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