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 time-saving kitchen tools and techniques designed to make cooking quick and easy. She came up with a simple plan: offer professional-quality kitchen equipment directly to the 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. More than twenty years later, her business has moved to a succession of progressively larger facilities and, at the time of the Berkshire Hathaway acquisition, blossomed into a $700 million enterprise.

The Pampered Chef became a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) in 1986. Christopher was named to the Board of Directors in 1992, and then served as Chairperson. She is currently the Immediate Past Chairperson of the DSA and Chairperson of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), a branch organization of the DSA. For information on the DSA’s Code of Ethics, click here.

Her unfailing commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in women is woven into the very fabric of The Pampered Chef. Many of the company’s 60,000 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.