Babette has a choice, return to Paris and her old lifestyle or prepare a feast for the sisters who took her in. Babette picked the feast. The sisters invite the congregation to this feast including one of Martine’s former suitors who is now a famous general married to a member of the Queen’s court. Lorens (Jarl Kulle) is in the village visiting his aunt. Lorens is a man of the world and familiar with gourmet dishes. While the other guests eat, but withhold complements because they think the food, overly lavish, unchristian and perhaps sinful, the general raves over each dish that is served. He has good reason to be so enchanted.