Got a hankerin' for crinkle-cut watermelons, perfectly wedged apples, or artfully zested lemons? The Pampered Chef, a direct seller, provides more than 500 gourmet kitchen gadgets, cookware, cookbooks, and foodstuffs. It boasts some 65,000 independent sales reps who hawk their wares through in-home kitchen parties (� la Tupperware) throughout North America, Germany, and the UK. It holds 1 million parties in the US each year. Representatives demonstrate product use and care and share recipes. As an incentive (� la Mary Kay), reps can earn jewelry and trips. Founded in 1980 by home economist and educator Doris Christopher, The Pampered Chef is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.