Paris, 1994. Anton Gogoladze comes across the jumbled pages of an old manuscript apparently written at the turn of the century by his mother, the beautiful Princess Cécilia. Episode by episode, the notes retrace the tumultuous, eccentric and amorous adventures of an old "travelling cook", Pascal Ichac, a colourful, thrill-seeking, footloose French chef who personally waited on the Emperor of China. Princess Cécilia Abachidze, who eventually became Ichac's mistress, said of him: "Pascal is like a prospector who sifts through tons and tons of earth to extract a single speck of gold."
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At home, when I was a child, a battered old recipe
book often lay on the kitchen table. With its help,
my mother would cook up these absolutely divine
dishes. Strangely, the author of this book of
Georgian cuisine was French. The author's
biography on the back cover said that Pascal
Ichac had opened a restaurant called "Eldorado"
in Tbilisi in the 20s. It had attracted gourmets
from Asia and Europe. In the 30s, the Communists
evicted him and requisitioned the restaurant. He
died of hunger, alone, in the attic of his
restaurant. I decided to adapt this book of recipes
for the screen. Pierre Richard and the director,
Nana Djordjadze, gave my idea life. (Irakli