Gabriel Carvin [Gerard Depardieu], one of France's most successful chefs, finally receives his third star. It should be a time of celebration. But Gabriel has never been happy, and doesn't know why. Devoted solely to his kitchen, he drinks too much, his wife [Sandrine Bonnaire] is sleeping with another man [Antoine Dulery], and he has little to no relationship with either of his two sons, Jean [Bastien Bouillon] and Nino [Rod Paradot]. When his best friend [Pierre Richard] attempts hypnosis, Gabriel, to his great surprise, recalls his loss in competition to a Japanese chef [Kyozo Nagatsuka] in 1978 who defeated him with a simple bowl of 'ramen' noodles. Now this superhero of French culinary genius must learn for himself why his elaborate skills were surpassed by a bowl of Japanese noodles, and in the process maybe also learn why this renowned and celebrated man has made such a huge mess of his life.