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Pampered Chef: Bookings Have You Ever Been Afraid...

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  1. that you were going to break something in someone's kitchen or light their house on fire or do something ridiculously stupid at a show??? :(

    I am just getting started...hoping that my kit arrives tomorrow :D . I love to cook, already have plenty of PC items (almost the entire Super Starter Kit) and I receive regular comments on the quality of my cooking, so I am not very nervous about the whole cooking part of the show....just that I might do something stupid in the Host's kitchen :eek: !!!

    Maybe all you chef's could share your most disastrous experience in a Host's kitchen and how you overcame that moment...

    Thanks in advance,
    Rhonda
     
  2. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

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    There is a thread with stories such as this somewhere on this forum. I personally haven't had this happen (knock on wood), but I certainly don't mind home office taking the couple of bucks out of my check each month for insurance just in case something like this does happen!

    The worst thing that ever happened to me was not that long ago, with a hostess who DID NOT cook. Literally, to the point that she said she could not remember the last time her oven was turned on. Okay, so I get the recipe ready...looks beautiful...host puts in preheated 325 oven...comes back into formal dining area around the bend from the kitchen. About 8 minutes pass and we're smelling smoke. No wonder the hostess couldn't remember using her oven. It was broken. It broiled the demo to the point that the dough on top was black charcoal. Even the guests laughed it off. Strangely, some of them cut the top off and ate it anyway and claimed to like it. The host had also made a veggie tray and chips/dip, so there was plenty to eat. And despite the flopped demo, I got two bookings off the show.
     
    Aug 25, 2005
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  3. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    Rhonda,
    My first kitchen show is approaching.... I'm so nervous that I won't be able to cook and talk, and that my nerves will get the best of me!

    Yikes!
     
    Aug 26, 2005
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  4. acherry

    acherry Member Gold Member

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    Susan,
    To be honest, I still feel that way just before every show... I have a fear of public speaking (although no one believes me..but they don't see/feel what happens on the inside).. My advice...take a DEEP BREATH before getting out of your car, and take another DEEP BREATH before going to the door to say hello to your hostess prior to getting your stuff from the car...take another DEEP BREATH before emptying your car...and finally when the door bell rings for the 1st time and that 1st guest is about to show up...take a deep breath and get into action....and remember to breath during the show...hehe...
    Anyway, above all, relax and enjoy yourself...if people see you having fun..it will help your business in expanding your bookings and your recruits...
    Nothing in life is perfect...so remember your a PAMPERED CHEF, not a PERFECT Chef...so use that line if anything occurs...trust me..everyone will laugh and understand...
    GOOD LUCK and let us know how it went!!
    Cheers,
    Angela
     
    Aug 26, 2005
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