NWR: Anyone ever get a call from Chef World Inc.?

I registered for a Bridal Show, but never went. (I must have left my cellphone number)


So I get the call from Joanna, and she tells me I won a bridal package. Gift#1: 3-day, 2-night vacation from a choice of 20 different locations, Gift #2: $1000 grocery card to be used at any store that accepts coupons, Gift 33: 20-40% their cookware.


Basically, my fiance and I have to attend their cookware show to see if we like the product. Whether we do or not, we would still get our free gifts.


Shady, right?


Anyone else get this call? Or have actually gone to these sessions? I've googled them, and have seen mixed reviews.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:13 am
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kristamarie
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I've gotten the call but never went to the show. Sorry I couldnt be more help.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:15 am
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I have gotten a similar call. I don't remember what company it was from though. They told me we won some cookware and a free set of toasting flutes - all we had to do was attend one of their cooking demonstrations. We never went because both times they called, they told us that the cooking show was like a day or two later and we already had plans. I'm sure there was a catch so I didn't think it was a big loss.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:16 am
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Yes I got the call... I didn't go. Totally shady...b/c I told them both demo dates couldn't work for me and the lady was like "oh, ok... bye" and hung up.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:19 am
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I got this call too a couple months back and never even went to the bridal show where they supposedly got my name.  If you google them a bunch of pages will come up about scams. They've also changed company names quite a few times.  It seems very shady. If you call back they can't even find the same person who called.  I don't think it's worth the trouble.  Seems like a lot of people "win" free vacations/gifts from them.  I didn't go after reading up on all the reviews on them but if you do good luck and I hope you at least get the free gift out of it.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:20 am
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It's probably not shady... we went to a similar cookware presentation, and just sat through the 2 hours and got the info packet for the vacation.  We'd have to pay $50 per night in taxes, but everything else was free.  We never acted on it though.  So if you want a cheap vacation ($100-200 plus airfare) then it's a good deal probably.


I don't know about that specific company... as the previous gal posted, if you google it, it comes up with scams, etc.. then i'd stear clear :(

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:21 am
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I think it's a scam. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. They wanted both my fiance and I to attend, and I knew that couldn't happen since he works weeknights. What? I can't make my own decision? Anyways, I am NOT planning to attend these sessions.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:37 am
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I had a similar thing this weekend. I thought about attending just for the free trip, but decided it wasn't worth the hassle since i couldn't find anyone who had gone through with it.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:39 am
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I went to something similar and for going I got 3 day 2 night stay...rolls of film..toasting glasses.  They had china and cookware.  Very nice! It's about an hour presentation.  I got "suckered" into buying the cookware.  Its rather pricey but very nice.  For getting the cookware I got free china, silverware, and a cruise. 

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:58 am
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Ironic...I got one today...I hung up on her...they are notorious for scamming people, especially brides, into buying pricey items, and if you do buy, please please please check your bank statements regularly.


Me and FI got scammed pretty hard, by one of these companies a few years ago nwr, and it was so hard getting our money back, and once they get so many complaints, they  change the name of the company!

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 9:28 am
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Yeah, I got a call a few months ago from "Simplicity Gourmet" offereing pretty much the same thing..  I googled it and it came up with all sorts of info about how it was a scam, so we never went.  I didn't feel like being bothered with it and I didn't need any cookware.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 9:30 am
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Scam.  Don't go.

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 11:28 am
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One of my BMs did this...it is a way to get a "free" trip but normally you do have to pay the taxes...its kinda like going to a vacation timeshare seminar...they push and push ya to buy but if ya have good willpower ya can get out with a "free" mini vacation lol

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 11:38 am
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Yep, I got the call and my DH & I went--we figured, what's there to lose?!  We sat through an hour long presentation on [expensive] cookware, and afterwards they asked if we wanted to buy anything (which we didn't).  Then they gave us a voucher to go anywhere in the US, I forget how long, but we never used it.   I guess we figured it was a scam and complete waste of time so we just threw it out. 

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 11:41 am
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I have a coworker that goes to these things all of the time to get the free stuff. Her and her husband take vacations all of the time from listening to timeshare presentations and the like - as long as you know what it is and your time isn't worth what it would cost (ie you would rather sit through 2 hours of a presentation than pay $200 for a hotel) then its a good deal. 

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 11:42 am
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I've been getting "your a winner call" since I started going to bridal shows and you enter your name in all of those raffles, etc. I just hang up on them, I'm trying to save money and you wanna rip me off. Please!! 


If it's too good to be true!!

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 12:45 am
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I got that call but never went to the showing. My cousin also got the same call. He went with his wife. He told me they had to sit through a whole show where they convince you to buy things. I don't know if they got that "free" trip or not. I think they did but they still haven't went on it. They ended up buying a cookware set for like $600. I thought he was insane! I wouldn't go if I were you.

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 1:34 am
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We actually did go to the cookware seminar, it's not exactly shady but certainly not without it's strings. The cookware is super nice but SUPER expensive. A bit ridiculous really. Although the steamer presentation they do makes some yummy chicken and brocooli. They ask you to put in an order at the end or do a bridal registry with them...but we would never have asked our families to spend that kind of money on us!


And they do give you a voucher for the vacation which we never did. I won a cruise from Mary Kay a few years back, it was day cruise to the Bahamas with a 4 night stay...it wasn't a bad deal but the hotel was beyond low-class. They kept trying to get you to do all these upgrades. If you don't mind the non-luxury accomodations it's not a bad trip, $200 in taxes or whatever and you cover airfare. But it wasn't worth it to us already having experienced something like that.


I would save your time and money!

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:41 am
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We bought an order, and gave our credit card info to purchase the set, paying full amount. Got home, did some online research and realized the same pots (waterless cookware) could be bought for much less money, as low as $200 online. Also, the "free" trips have lots of hidden fees. I have read on other forums that it is a huge hassle getting your vacations, with administrative fees/taxes summing to the cost of a regular vacation.  So if you believe in the product, I would recommend looking into it online.  One-night "deadlines" are just a sales tactic.  Luckily, you can cancel within 3 business days as noted on our contract.  We panicked and cancelled the credit card just in case, although that may not be advisable depending on your situation.  We got called the next morning to confirm our order, and we told her we wanted to cancel. Not sure if we only got the call due to our credit card being cancelled.  Mailed the cancellation notice that day through certified mail.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:29 am
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I received a similar call from a cookware company. I went to the show but did not take the "free" trip. When I answered the call and they told me I won, I said that was great and that I had questions. They told me they needed my credit card number right then or we wouldn't be able to get the trip. I told them that I needed to talk to my DH (FI at the time) about it. They said couldn't I just make the decision now and talk to him about it later. I said absolutely not, that is not how we do things and that was the end of the discussion. Not legit in my opinion. If it were, why the pressure to pay the taxes on the "free" trip right that moment?

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:12 am

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