The title character of A Chef In Love is a Frenchman with equal passions for his restaurant and his lover. These dual passions create an unusual love triangle which, like most of the film's political, romantic, and historical issues, is never quite resolved.

Like the contemporary The English Patient, A Chef In Love is structured around countless flashbacks and takes pleasure in confusing our sense of time and place. It ultimately becomes apparent that these flashbacks present a love story which takes place in pre-Soviet Georgia, and our chef's female love interest is a member of that country's aristocracy. Both of the chef's passionate romances become troubled when the Communist revolution threatens his prosperity, and he is forced to choose loyalty to one of his loves. This story is recounted in a compilation of old letters and diary entries which have been delved up by the woman's son and the chef's niece.

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