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Jun 1, 2012 02:23 PM

thoughts on the pampered chef

My sister lovvvves this stuff not sure.any thoughts?

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  1. The fact that they can't tell a saute from a skillet is an indication... As is the (illegal) lack of disclosure of country of origin.

    This is on the Tupperware or Amway model, right?

    Their stuff I've seen at fairground displays looks nice from a distance, but felt light and under-engineered, and was no value.

    1. heavy on gadgets and unitaskers.

      High priced, but decent quality on everything else.

      Their silicon spatulas are really, really good.

      1. I had no idea they were even still in business.
        Considering I have Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Sur la Table and 3 chef/restaurant supply places within a short drive, I've never really seen the need for their products.

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        1. re: iluvcookies

          <I've never really seen the need for their products.>

          Maybe we are not "pampered"

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            LOL! No, perhaps we are missing out.
            If they come out with a pan that can also give me a pedicure, then I'll give them a closer look. Until then, I will stick with the Calphalon.

              1. re: iluvcookies


                Calphalon makes great stuffs. I think the idea of a "pampered chef" is funny enough. Think about it. Do I really want to join a dojo which read "Pampered Karate". It just sounds like a bad idea. A music class? "Pampered Piano lessons"?

                P.S.: What would Coco do? Would he want to be pampered? For Team Coco!

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I agree, the name is quite strange.

                  I think Coco would let Andy handle this one... perhaps come out on stage wearing a diaper and a chef's hat.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      There is another "bear" character that may be more well suited for the "pamper" part, but that's a topic for another forum!

          2. A few CHOWHOUND posters like the pampered chef cookware, but most do not. I would about a 3:7 ratio or 2:8 ratio between those who like pampered chef to those who dislike. I cannot comment on their general cookware, but I think its kitchen knives are very overly priced. Since your sister presumably has many of its products, maybe you can try them to see.

            1. The only people I know who buy pampered chef products are my housewife friends who seem to all have some sort of party-marketed product that they sell and, therefore, seem to be attending a different product party every week. Most of the time, they buy something because they feel obligated. They seem to be about 50/50 between loving what they've purchased and regretting that they bought something they is easily found for less money and of better quality.

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              1. re: bluex

                <Most of the time, they buy something because they feel obligated.>

                I totally believe this part.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  It reminds me of Cutco marketing and quality. Guilt friends and family members into buying something they don't understand of inferior quality at a very high end premium price. I have seen a few Pampered Chef products which were respectable though unlike Cutco.

                  1. re: Sid Post

                    For what they are Cutco are ok products, just priced at about four times what they are worth. I have a Cutco spreading knife with a serrated edge on one side of the rounded tip and a serrated knife that is basically an oversized steak knife. I rarely use them, but they are not that bad. They cut as well as most serrated knives, which is horrible compared with my old French carbon steel knives but pretty good compared with the junk in most people 's (NOT people on this board!) kitchens.

                2. re: bluex

                  I call these Fleece Your Friends parties--if you go, it should be with the expectation that you're supporting a friend, not buying something you truly need/want or high end quality. I usually buy the cheapest 1-2 items, if I choose to go at all.

                  1. re: pine time

                    This is why I don't attend. I am invited all the time and usually by folks who do not invite me to socialize otherwise.

                    1. re: pine time

                      This is why I have no friends, to avoid these parties.

                      Well, that's what I tell myself, anyway.

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        It's my understanding that if one wants friends, showering occasionally helps some, hahahahaha. Your post was very funny.

                        1. re: mikie

                          I'll try that, mikie, thanks. ;)

                        2. re: DuffyH

                          Hey friend, I think we need to re-think this. Maybe we don't need to be invited to these parties, maybe we need to invent the right KIND of parties! :)

                          1. re: breadchick


                            You're like Butch Cassidy, good at thinking things up. Will there be food? Of course there'll be food. What am I thinking?

                            What else?

                            1. re: DuffyH

                              Well, from what I hear, the Chow synchronized swimmers have been feeling neglected lately. Perhaps this is their moment. Well, considering the Olympics and all that.

                              1. re: breadchick

                                Yes, synchronized swimming would be lovely, such pretty costumes, AND they shave their legs, too. But it's so hard to hold your breath under the ice.

                                Perhaps water polo? The horses might fare better in the cold. They've still got hairy legs.

                                1. re: DuffyH

                                  Now really. Putin has a special heated lake. This is the most expensive event ever!!

                                  1. re: breadchick

                                    Well, ok, then. That's wonderful. I'm sure he'll let us use it.

                                    As the great Miss Lonnie Anderson once said "There are two kinds of people. Beach people and pool people." I'm a pool person, and could watch synchronized swimming all damn day. Bring on the ChowHounds in the ruffled swim caps!

                                    We'll have to hide the Chobani, of course. Assuming we can sneak it past customs. Or just bring Yoplait. I'm really not a fan of Greek Yogurt anyway. Don't much like their Gyros, either. Baklava doesn't suck. Best keep it away from the swimmers, they don't need the calories.

                                    PC has really good baking stuff, they must have something perfect for the baklava. Maybe a travel thing, too, for the plane ride.