Champagne oliebollen by Francois Geurds

Star chef François Geurds sells champagne oliebollen for charity

Francois Geurds is one of the most renowned chefs in Rotterdam. Next to his restaurant he also has a lab to experiment. One of his creations is champagne oliebollen. He sells them this December, the proceeds go to meals for the homeless. 

At a young age François was captivated by his mother’s passion for cooking. As a child, he would sit enchanted in front of the oven, amazed at what was happening inside. François realised that cooking was his future as he wanted to understand the magic and master the techniques. To expand his knowledge François worked abroad for quite some time. He was the sous-chef at The Fat Duck by British chef Heston Blumenthal when it was crowned number one in the world by Restaurant Magazine. After this, Geurds moved on to New York’s Le Bernardin.

Francois Geurds by Amrani Photo
François Geurds by Amrani Photo

When he came back to the Netherlands he worked with chef Cees Helder at Parkheuvel in Rotterdam, which at the time was the first restaurant in the Netherlands to receive three Michelin stars. Not much later he opened his own restaurant at Lloydstraat and later moved on to Hofbogen. There he experimented with different concepts like the Okinomiyaki Bar. Today, together with his team, he creates new culinary experiences every day at his François Geurds Restaurant (2 Michelin stars) and FoodLabs by François Geurds (1 Michelin star).

FG Foodmarket

On the terrace of both restaurants at Katshoek he will organise the FG Foodmarket on December 15th. This initiative is made possible by local wholesaler for the catering industry Zegro and MKN. It’s a market especially for all homeless in Rotterdam to enjoy various delicacies. Since François Geurds opened the doors of his restaurants in Katshoek, Rotterdam, he has only wanted one thing: to share his love of gastronomy with as many people as possible. Cooking for the homeless gives a fantastic satisfaction, our profession consists of sharing and this is the ultimate form of sharing with everyone,’ says Geurds.

Geurds and his team will be baking culinary champagne oliebollen during the FG Foodmarket. All proceeds from this New Year’s Eve delicacy ( will go towards meals for the homeless. You can order these special champagne oliebollen now via

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