Francois Goedhuys grew up on a small Belgian farm. As a young man, he attended pastry school in Antwerp for 5 years and worked as a baker in Brussels and Switzerland.

In 1968, he moved to the United States to work at the Belgium Pavilion at the San Antonio World's Fair. From there, he moved to Houston, TX where he owned both a restaurant and a bakery.

In 1987, luck brought him to San Diego where he and Diana began "feeding" La Jollans everyday at Girard Gourmet.

Over the years, Girard Gourmet has developed in new directions reflecting Francois and Diana's commitment to healthy honest food and satisfied customers. They often feature organic produce from their farm in Julian where they recycle all the Girard Gourmet kitchen scraps.

Francois and Diana are committed to the community of La Jolla. With their staff, they will continue to welcome individuals, families and organizations of this unique village. Girard Gourmet will continue to be a home away from home for thousands of tourists who visit La Jolla every year.