Gianna is an Imperial cook in the Castle Dour Emperor's Tower. She is the castle's cook, and is assigned to assist the Gourmet when the Emperor visits Skyrim. She is eager to take the unique opportunity to not only work with the Gourmet, but to serve the Emperor as well. After the quest, she disappears from the game.
When you present yourself as the Gourmet, Gianna has unique responses depending on your race.
|Altmer||"You're a High Elf! I... I never would have guessed it. So many of your recipes are clearly aimed at the commonfolk. It just seems..."|
|Argonian||"You... you're an Argonian! Where did you learn to cook like that? Surely not in Black Marsh. Why even the..."|
|Bosmer||"I guessed right! I... I always imagined the great Gourmet was a Wood Elf. You see, only someone with a knowledge of woodland herbs could combine..."|
|Breton||"Well, I just never expected the Gourmet to be a Breton. It almost seems too obvious. Some of the greatest cooks have been Bretons, and..."|
|Dunmer||"I... Well, I just can't believe the Gourmet is a Dark Elf. How difficult it must have been for you in Morrowind. The food there is..."|
|Imperial||"Well, I don't mean to seem disappointed, but... I just never figured the Gourmet was an Imperial. I had dreamed of something more exotic, maybe..."|
|Khajiit||"Oh, well, it's just... I never imagined the Gourmet was a Khajiit. You know, because of all the fur, and the potential for getting hair in the..."|
|Nord||"You're a Nord! I never would have guessed it! But where in the world did you learn to cook like that? Here in Skyrim? Or maybe somewhere less..."|
|Orc||"It's just... Well... you're an Orc! Ha ha ha! If the people of the Empire only knew! I mean, now I understand your need for secrecy. Most would..."|
|Redguard||"Well, I'm just surprised the Gourmet is a Redguard. I had you pegged for a Wood Elf, honestly. You know, because of your use of..."|
When you are wearing a chefs hat, it is time to begin. Enough! The Gourmet is here to cook, not talk! Let us begin.
Oh! Yes, but of course. Ahem. The Emperor has requested your signature dish - the Potage le Magnifique. I've taken the liberty of getting it started. But the cookbook only says so much, and everyone makes the Potage differently. I would be honored if we could make it... the Gourmet's special way. The base broth is already boiled. We can get started right now. So... which ingredient should I add next?
You now have four ingredients to select, at each stage there are three options, the normal, the strange and her choice.
|Normal||Carrots.||"Carrots? Really? Okay... What next?"|
|Strange||A sweetroll.||"Ooohh.... how decadent. I never would have guessed it. What next?"|
|Her choice||Remain silent.||"Oh, I get it. This is a test, right? You want to see how well I know the Potage le Magnifique. Well then, I think a pinch of frost salts should do the trick, right? Now what?"|
|Normal||You must now add a splash of mead.||"Ah, of course. I suspected as much."|
|Strange||The next ingredient is... vampire dust.||"Vampire dust? Seriously? Hmm... yes. I guess I can see how that would add a more... earthy texture. And, oddly enough, we do have some on hand... All right. What next, then?"|
|Her choice||Remain silent.||"My choice, then? Very well. I think we should add some Chaurus eggs. For additional flavor."|
|Normal||One nirnroot.||"Really? Oh, I use Nirnroot as a special seasoning all the time as well. What a wonderful idea. Okay. Now what?"|
|Strange||We shall now add... a giant's toe!||"A... giant's toe? You're... sure about that?", I said a giant's toe! Do not question the Gourmet!, "Of course! I.... I'm sorry. One giant's toe. There. What, um... What next?"|
|Her choice||Remain silent.||"Ooookay.... Um.... Let me see. Thistle? Yes, let's try that. Just a sprig or two..."|
|Normal||Diced horker meat.||"Hmmm... horker. So delicious. I swear, is there a soul alive who doesn't enjoy the taste of... Sorry, I didn't mean to get carried away. There we go, one cup of diced horker meat. I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"|
|Strange||You must add... a septim.||"A Septim? As in... a gold coin? Really? Ah, I see now. That would give the Potage le Magnifique a slightly metallic - but delicious - aftertaste. Simply brilliant. I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"|
|Her choice||Remain silent.||"My choice, hmm? All right, then - tomatoes. Simple, yet infinitely flavorful. Don't you agree? Well, I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"|
When you are finished you can choose to add one final ingredient: "Oh? What is this, some kind of herb? Are you sure? The Potage tastes perfect as it is. Any other ingredient might..."
Now, now, Gianna. Who's the Gourmet here?: "Heh, I'm sorry. Of course. It's your most famous recipe, after all. All right then, your secret ingredient's been added. And if I may say so... it has been an honor, getting a chance to prepare a meal with, well... the best chef in the entire Empire. I'll carry the stew pot, and lead the way up to the dining room. I'm sure the Emperor and his guests are dying to meet you."
- Gianna is a member of the lumberjack class, which determines the level of her skills.
- Gianna becomes unessential after the decoy emperor is dead.
- You can pickpocket Gianna if you have unlocked the Misdirection perk and Perfect Touch perk, but only after she delivers the soup to the Emperor.
- The iron dagger is the only thing you can pickpocket from her until the Emperor is dead, then the chef's hat and chef's tunic are available after his death. Alternatively, you can loot her corpse if you decide to kill her, thus making the items not stolen.