Born in 1959 in the Basque country of France to a family of hoteliers, restaurant owners and farmers, François Rodolphe grew up with a passion for their products, and for what they did. At age 16, he decided to start his culinary apprenticeship at the other end of France, in Valenciennes. After apprenticing at Robuchon, Laurent and Le Crillion in Paris, his first position was under Great Chef Christian Morisset at La Terrasse in the Hotel Juana in Juan-les-Pins.
He then returned to Paris as saucier under Great Chef Alain Passard for two years before joining the Peninsula Group in Hong Kong. In 1994, he worked under Great Chef Christian Willer as deputy chef at La Palme d’Or in Cannes, France, then moved next door to Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo under Great Chef Alain Ducasse in 1995.
In 1996, at age 37, he was offered the executive chef position at Auberge Des Templiers in Les Bezards, In September of 1998, the Great Chefs team showed up to tape Chef Rodolphe at the Inn of the Templars, for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World, (episodes 177, 219 and 241).
Shortly thereafter, in October 1998, he left to become the executive chef of the Restaurant Opera in the Grand Hotel Inter-continental in Paris. In 2003, he moved to Greece to become chef with the Aldemar Resorts in Athens, then in 2008, he opened Costes Restaurant in Budapest. He now resides in Paris as the executive chef of Le Restaurant du Marché.