(Closed) Chef World Bridal – HELP?

posted 11 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
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Helper bee

Not to say that the show wasnt helpful. It was really fun and I wouldnt have found my dress if I hadnt gone but you do have to be careful. If I go back to one, I will just get the vendors business cards that I want and contact them on my own. That is what I suggest to avoid places like the caniving Chef World!!

Post # 18
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I received a call like everyone else stating that “I had won” a free two night stay to several different locations along with a $1000 in coupons from grocery center something of a rather. I was rather sceptical when I heard that I had to sit through a presentation, but that there would be no pressure to buy anything. They would simply just ask our opinions on the products. With planning a wedding and being a maid of honor in another, I thought that I could use the free hotel stay for either the bachelorette party or honeymoon.  

The presentation was a joke and the lady (Barbara) rambled on forever and in my opinion went a little to far in her speeches about health, diet, and overweight children.  

At the end several couples were ready to leave as we were told it was only going to take an hour and half and it was going onto two hours. Barbara started to get really snippy with people and making it difficult to claim our prize and leave. Yea so much for the no pressure we only want your opinion part. I was finally able to claim our prizes and of course there are always catches.. the $1000 in coupons was not completely free. You have to send in $4.95 to get registered.. who knows if the coupons on there are for anything good. Second and the kicker is for the free hotel stay I have to send a $100 in the form of money order, bank draft or cashier checks made payable to Odenza marketing group… oh but don’t worry its refundable… uhmm hello its refundable why the *** is in the form of cashier checks and what not!? 

I doubt if I’m going to try to redeem the free stay as I just googled this company and there are hundred of complaints. Save yourself the time and irritation.

 

Post # 19
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

So I won one from ChefWorld and I won another from Royal Prestige. It is a total SCAM. I get to royal prestige me and my fiance are thinking about purchasing the cookware. The guy was very nice. I give the man my info, he’s like okay and they have to run a credit check. then he’s like my credit score isn’t high enough and I have to send them 2000 before they’ll mail out any cookware. I was like hmm…. didn’t do it but hated they had my social security number. Btw my credit isn’t bad.

So then last week I get an invite from ChefWorldinc same story. We get there last night, SAME GUY. I didnt know until I went back on my cell record and find out that they called from the same number. It was months apart. WOW, they are definitely a scam. I’m in Chicago and they meetings are always in the west suburbs! Me and my fiance left.

And you don’t get the money back from booking the trip, fyi.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to one of these presentations, you do get the hotel stay wether u purchase or not, But if you read the small print you must first fork over 100 dollars to use the voucher and if you show up eventually you get your money back.  And the cruse trip that you win they do not pay the taxes or port charges you have to.  And of course in order for you to pay taxes you get have to pay taxes for what the trip is worth, which is at the higher than if you found a deal on a cruise your self and close  and hundreds of dollars worth of pots is just ridiculous.

Post # 21
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205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We went to two of them already. the first one we got over 1000 dollars in coupons and a few honeymoon the same as the one they are offering you and then they called us again for a different cookware and we got our toasting crystal glasses free. they are beautiful. it was worth an hour of our time. we got another free honeymoon thingy too. idk how it works but we are going to try it and see what happens with one of them this summer.

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper

There are many companies that set up “free presentations” in order to get you hooked into a scam.  I don’t know if this company is one of them, but this is my advice to ALL brides who receive phone calls inviting them to presentations with “free” gifts promised:

  • When the company calls you get ALL the information you can from the operator.  Get their corporate phone number.  Get their address.  Ask what their BBB rating is.  Ask for their website address.  Get all their information BEFOREHAND.
  • Use your gut feeling on whether or not you will attend.  If your gut says no, LISTEN TO IT.
  • Use all the information you have on them to google the crap out of them.  Google their name and the word “scam” to bring up relevant websites with complaints about the company.  If the company ISN’T a scam, there shouldn’t be a lot of websites linking the two words!
  • Call the phone number they give you and try to speak to a REAL PERSON.  If the phone number they gave you is an automated system with NO operators available then the company is likely a scam.
  • Look up their profile with the BBB using the corporate address they gave you. 
  • Look up their website, see if it has any contact information on it.  Compare that contact information to the contact information the phone operator gave you.  Try calling the phone number, using the same protocol as before to try to get an operator on the line.  Look up their BBB rating with the address listed on the website.
  • Finally, whenever you read positive reviews of a business, consider the source.  Is it a long time member or an anonymous guest?  Do other members of that web community seem suspicious of the positive post?  Probably an indicator.  Typically it is the people who have been burned by a company that will go on every website and leave a post, not the people who had a great experience.

Again, I’m reiterating that I don’t know whether or not Chef World Bridal is a scam.  I’m just giving you advice for if you are EVER approached by ANY company soliciting “free” gifts in exchange for your time!

Post # 23
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you see what you are cooking with. I mean almost every cookwear out there. It is killing you. There stuff is healthy for you and it is no way a scam.

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I have gotten calls too.. I just ignore them!! I mean we live all over the US on WB and there is no possible way we all just happen to win!! ya know??

Post # 25
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I received this phone call and had to tell them I could not attend because my fiance is in the Marine Corps and is not here to go with me. They assured me that because of my special situation I could still attend and bring a friend instead. There were 2 nights I could go. When I showed up on the first night, he (Tom) told me to wait outside and then he never came back to let me in! I left and called the company back telling them what happened. She convinced me to come back the second night. When it was all said and done, I called my fiance (Luckily he currently is accessible by his cell phone) to go over everything with him. Even though the prizes and a payment plan sounded great, we were both still unsure and all of the sudden it clicked“If you don’t have the money to pay in full then YOU DON’T BUY IT”. Obviously, houses and the like are an exception, but not so much kitchenware. So I went up to Tom’s wife, thanked her for everything but would pass on the opportunity. She quickly handed me the prize folder and said GoodBye….  As I was walking out, Tom said “I thought you were in sales, obviously you don’t do a good job if you couldn’t convince your fiancé” Insult #1. Then he said this is exactly why he prefers to have both fiances present, especially the guy. Insult #2. I told him I was present and was still skeptical. He replied that if I sat through that whole thing and was still skeptical then he knew I would never buy. I explained that that amount was too tough to swallow and I was not comfortable with being pressured to make a decision right then. He then began explaining how it’s my loss blah blah blah, not a new product, been around forever blah blah blah, presidents have this cookware blah blah blah, and they had a contract with the Navy to supply this cookware to them, but of course that’s not the Marines. BIG insult #3. I told him that all the Navy does is eat while the Marine Corps is out protecting them. He told me he was going to have that girl who told me it was okay for me to come without my fiance fired. I said she was so nice and didn’t deserve that, plus it was her supervisor who told her to let me in so he said he would have that guy fired instead. What a jerk!!  Actually, worse than a jerk, but I will refrain. I actually was going to buy from them in the future, but I certainly won’t now!  You can register your honeymoon online so your guests can help you pay for it instead of buying tangible gifts and you can register for great cookware anyway. Totally not worth it!

Post # 26
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I recieved a call saying that I won a 3 day honemoon vacation, and made it all sound exciting and that all I needed to do is to go to some presentation and fill out a survey about some house and kitchenware.  It sounded harmless enough and convinced my fiance to go with me.  After listeing to the guys speech about the product we were given the prices of the items which ranged from $600 (for 4 knifes) to $3500 ( for a set of knifes and pots and pans).  Being on a budget and having a wedding to save for we decided to leave and just take the prize we had “WON”.. Yeah right….! After getting in the car I read the little made up brochure and hotel certificate, at which point it said we had to send in $100 as a deposit and they would send us further notification on the prize, and as far as the savings cerificate we had to again fill out all our information and send $4.95, and wait for more info.  Honeslty this is a BIG scam to get your inforatmion for more sales and telemarketing.  It was a waist of 2 hours ever…and it all started @ DAVID’S BRIDAL, that is the only place I had given my wedding info…. I can not believe that they would use peoples emotions from a special day for a scam like this…..

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thank you for your post, I got the same call too!! I signed up to go but Im a super agoraphobe and hate leaving the house so I cancelled at the last minute figuring it was a scam anyways…. Im glad I did… I searched everywhere for this type of detail on it!!! thanks again!

Post # 28
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ok I just registered here, officially registered at theknot.com to comment on this board.

Apparently Chefworldinc. got our contact information from theknot,, and information on the others from bridal shows and so fourth.

Searching on this company I found out that they are not the owners of the merchandise they sell. It is like Avon, someone wanted to be a vendor of Royal Prestige (a Hy-Cite corporation) products and created their own buisness. Chefworld mainly tries to sell to engaged couples, because no one would register for a $2,000 pot and pan set.

They do giveaway a 2night trip for showing up, this is through Odenza marketing, they do require a $100 deposit (refundable). I have no idea why. The Better Business Bureau gives Odenza an “A-” rating of a score “A+ -F”. This is both for San Diego and Canada fronts. 

If you purchase a product you receive a “4 night 5 day vacation” with Wyndam. Wyndam also gets a rating of “A-” with the BBB.

The main product itself Chefworldinc. has no rating with the BBB, they are located in NY. However the company that they are a vendor of “Hy-Cite” is a BBB accredited company, meaning BBB believes if you shop, you should shop from Hy-Cite. They have a rating of “A+” the highest rating possible. The merchandise is expensive, but honored for the best warranty in the business.

The pots and pans are the main thing that seem to interest people so here is the warranty of the pots and pans.

LIMITED WARRANTY

Hy Cite Corporation (“Hy Cite”) provides the following warranties on its product line to the original consumer owner of the product,

whether obtained by purchase or by gift:

Cooking Systems and Accessory Pieces:

Hy Cite warrants that your Royal Prestige® Cooking Systems and accessory pieces will be free from defects in material and

workmanship, and will not permanently stain, rust, chip, melt, break or crack for 50 years from the date of purchase.

 LIMITED WARRANTY

Hy Cite Corporation (“Hy Cite”) provides the following warranties on its product line to the original consumer owner of the product, whether obtained by purchase or by gift:

Cooking Systems and Accessory Pieces:

Hy Cite warrants that your Royal Prestige® Cooking Systems and accessory pieces will be free from defects in material and workmanship, and will not permanently stain, rust, chip, melt, break or crack for 50 years from the date of purchase.

That is it, no ands ifs and buts. 

The business started in 1/1/1959, and became incorporated in 1961. Became a BBB accredited business in 2006. 

Ok, I know there will be nay-sayers that still swear this is a scam. Most of the research I found of people saying it was a scam was from people who just felt that way without doing any research. I have worked very hard for this information, calling Monroe, NY ‘s county clerk to see when the business was registered, and back tracking through what I found. The products have been featured on the “Price is Right” every month since 1977, recently they were suppliers of Extreme Home Makeover. 

I have a lot more information available upon request. I am in no affiliated with Hy Cite, nor Chefworld. My fiance was contacted after we registered with Theknot.com

http://www.royalprestige.com/

http://www.bbb.org/wisconsin/business-reviews/cooking-utensils/hy-cite-corporation-in-madison-wi-17000452/

 

My fiance and I

http://weddings.theknot.com/pwp/pwp2/view/MemberPage.aspx?coupleId=6791228790382359

I would recommend people go to the sales pitch. I don’t care about eating healthy, but it was interesting, and our guy was by himself. His speach was pretty much, this is what our product does. It is awesome. I recommend you buy it, if you don’t no worries, heres your 2night voucher. However,  I have read where some have been pushy. 

Post # 29
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MightySapphire:

Great advice, Unfortunately my research showed Chefworldinc had no BBB rating, but their parent company does. It is a BBB accredited company with A+ rating. 

The problem with all these boards is pointed out very easily by you. People make the biggest uproar when they are upset at something, not when they are pleased with something. Makes us think twice if we should call the restaurant and tell the manager what a pleasant meal we had with them.

Post # 30
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, I fall into the category as a “bee” leaving somewhat positive feedback about our meeting tonight in Maryland with Chef World.  Was it annoying that Charlie took FOREVER to spit out what he was trying to sell us?  Yes.  Did he go into WAY too much detail about off the wall things to the extent that we thought he was on drugs? Yes.  Does that mean it is a scam? No.

I really wouldn’t classify this Chef World meeting as a scam.  I also wouldn’t say that it was a “hard sell,” at least for us.  We sat through the 95 minute speech and at times I was very irritated because I just wanted him to show us the damn cookware.  He had to talk about the history of pasturized milk, the ill effects of aluminum, glass, teflon, etc etc cookware.  But, at the end of the night, when we didn’t want to buy the cookware they were offering, Charlie handed us our “free” 2 night certificate and let us walk. 

One thing that pissed me off more than anything about the meeting tonight was how Charlie made it sound like “they were different” from the other sales pitches you get about free vacations.  Yeaaaa, not so much.  He pointed out the great things about the “free” vacation, but never felt the need to share that it was only valid for a Sunday through Wednesday check-in.  I knew damn right well we wouldn’t be able to check-in on a Friday or Saturday, but he should have just told us the negative upfront.  Another thing I was skeptical about was the fact that they contract with Hilton, Marriott, Ramada Inn, Holiday Inn but yet you don’t have any say in where you get to stay.  I travel for work and spend about 80 nights per year in hotel rooms.  I can tell you that there is a HUGE difference between staying at a Marriott Courtyard or Hilton Garden Inn and then staying at a Holiday Inn or Ramada.  I bet you there is no chance in hell when I go to cash in my free trip that I get the Hilton or Marriott.  And if they have “such a tight” relationship with those hotels then why in the heck were we meeting at the sleeziest Quality Extended stay imaginable? 

Long story short, it is a stretch to call this a scam because it is not.  However, I would love if someone would actually comment on if they had success booking their free stay.

Post # 31
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went to this, we we’re the only one’s who showed up.  You really don’t have to buy but it is a high pressure situation.  I bought, but had second thoughts.  There is no return policy.  No refunds or exchanges.  But you do have three business days to cancel so be prepaired to overnight a letter to the address on the reciept.  The guy was convincing but after I left i looked at some prices of other cookware (cookware he said would cost twice as much) and realized he had exagerated the price by a lot.  After the cancellation I was able to keep the gifts.

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