Pampered Chef has been in business for over 30 years, and is considered to be “the premier direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools.” The company was founded by Doris Christopher, a former home economics teacher and stay-at-home mother, in her Chicago home basement. Later joining the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses, Pampered Chef now boasts tens of thousands independent consultants around the world and 1 million in-home cooking shows performed each year in the United States alone.
As a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA), they abide by its Code of Ethics to protect both their customers and their consultants. They also have a corporate commitment to be environmentally responsible with several green initiatives, including using recycled packaging and sustainable materials (like bamboo) in manufacture.
You can browse Pampered Chef’s catalog of products online: they offer everything from bakeware and cutlery to cookbooks and appliances. They maintain test kitchens with home economists, chefs, dietitians, and scientists on staff, all dedicated to developing recipes, tips, and tools that save time, accommodate busy lives, and allow people to relax and enjoy preparing and eating meals together. 90% of their catalog (of over 450 products) is exclusive to Pampered Chef. They have a robust online catalog, where customers can explore reviews and search by price – products vary from being only a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. They also offer products specifically engineered for kids (like a kid’s cookie baking set), and have a section dedicated to charitable giving.
Pampered Chef is dedicated to ensuring their consultants can build a healthy business either by doing in-home cooking experiences or conducting sales only in virtual space. They offer all the training you might need via their private consultants’ website. They’re dedicated to keeping their customers happy with a 30-day return policy, no questions asked, offer exchanges or refunds within 1 year, and some of their higher end products come with lifetime guarantees.
Compensation and Bonuses: Pampered Chef Independent Consultants start at 20% commission for each sale and can earn up to 25% each month (based on the volume of sales). Your commission is permanently increased by 2% once you make $15,000 in sales overall – so your monthly commission rate would then be between 22-27%.
The company website describes average in-home party sales as being $599, and that the average new consultant personally makes about $300 in their first 3 parties (plus around $100 in free product). If you build a team of consultants below you, you are paid to coach and train them with commissions made on their sales.
All consultants also have the opportunity to earn free products, exclusive training, and group vacations to destinations like the Bahamas, Disney World, and Hawaii. Pampered Chef has regional and nationwide events for their consultants as well.
Personal Website: Each consultant receives a 90-day eBIZ Tools trial included with a personal website featuring an integrated store, as well as email and other marketing tools.
Start-Up Costs: Pampered Chef independent consultants begin by selecting a starter kit from 3 available sets. The basic starter kit is $109 and comes with $450 worth of products and business supplies. The mid level kit is the Deluxe, featuring $650 worth of product and supplies for $150. They say their Ultimate starter kit is the most popular: it costs $249 and you get $1000 worth of product and supplies. Pampered Chef asserts you can make back your investment with 2 parties. Also, hosts who decide to become consultants themselves receive $25-50 in kit credit, so you could conceivably begin your Pampered Chef business for only $59.
Hostess Rewards: If you host a Pampered Chef cooking experience, you have the opportunity to take advantage of significant discounts and earn free product.