Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Yukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
An Endless Wasteland
Yukihira is a popular neighborhood restaurant where Yukihira Soma helps out in the hopes of surpassing his father as a chef one day. But land sharks are after their restaurant, and one day Soma tells them that the restaurant will close if they couldn't serve satisfactory food to their customers. The land sharks are only too happy to sabotage the restaurant's fridge and gleefully orders Soma to serve them a meat dish...
Under his father's orders, Soma attempts to transfer into one of Japan's top culinary schools, Togetsu Tea House Culinary Academy. His examiner, Nakiri Erina, is a student said to possess humanity's best palate: the God Tongue.
That Chef Never Smiles
Just barely squeaking past the academy's transfer exam, Soma causes and uproar at the opening ceremony by making a brash speech in front of the entire class. In his very first class, he's paired with Tadokoro Megumi, a girl who is at risk of expulsion and is intent on keeping a low profile in order to survive.
The Madonna of the Polar Star
Soma arrives at Polar Star Dormitory with high expectations, only to find it a creepy, run-down place. He is then informed by the dorm warden, Daimido Fumio, that he can only live at the dorm after he impresses her with his cooking. Soma rises up to the challenge!
The Ice Queen and the Spring Storm
Isshiki Satoshi is the only second-year from the high school division in Polar Bear Dormitory. Full of ambition to join the Elite Ten, Soma challenges Isshiki right away, but he learns there are many rules that must be met in order for a formal challenge to occur...
The Meat Invader
Soma is drawn to Donmono Research Society, one of the academy's many cooking clubs, and takes Megumi with him to check it out. But they only find the club leader, Konishi, who's distraught over his club's imminent demise at the hands of Erina.
The Quiet Don, the Eloquent Don
The Shokugeki between Mito Ikumi and Yukihira Soma has begun! Everyone, including Erina, is convinced that Ikumi, the Meat Master, will win. Soma, on the other hand, is greeted by jeers the moment he enters the arena. Will Soma be able to save Don RS?
The Concerto of Inspiration and Imagination
The training camp is considered the first trial by fire for students in Totsuki's high school division. Dozens of students are said to be expelled and sent away every day, and the number of students is said to be reduced below half by the camp's end. Intent on survival, Soma and his friends embark on their journey to the hellish camp in one of Totsuki Resorts' hotels.
The Breading to Adorn the Mountains
Inui Hinako, a Totsuki alumna, has tasked Soma's group with making a Japanese dish using available ingredients in the area. Anything other than condiments and spices must be procured from their immediate environs. Soma, provoked by Takumi Aldini's challenge, has a flash of inspiration and dashes out with Megumi to find ingredients for their dish!
The Heavenly Recette
Soma bumps Erina and apologizes, but Erina refuses his help thinking that she is letting her guard down. Soma meets alumnus Gin Dojima in the bath and was surprised to see Soma finishing so quickly. Dojima wishes Soma good luck as the Aldini twins enter the bath. The next day, Soma and Megumi are given the assignment to make the Nine Vegetable Terrine alone with Kojiro Shinomiya judging as he tells the students to think of each other as enemies. At the start of the assignment, Megumi is knocked down as the students rush for ingredients, and she only sees bad heads of cauliflower still left on the table. Thinking about what Soma would do in such a situation, Megumi uses wine vinegar to preserve the color and enhance the seasoning of the cauliflower. Shinomiya passes Soma, however he fails Megumi for changing the recipe without his permission. Soma intervenes and Shinomiya explains that he intentionally left several bad cauliflower heads to limit the number of students who can pass. Soma challenges Shinomiya to a Shokugeki to get Megumi's expulsion reversed.
The Magician from the East
Soma recklessly challenges Shinomiya to a Shokugeki in order to have him retract his decision to expel Megumi. Shinomiya refuses, but Dojima half forces him to accept. However, Dojima also imposes a condition on Soma and Megumi--Megumi must be the main chef! If they lose, Soma will also be expelled. The unofficial Shokougeki is about to begin!
The Memory of a Dish
The unofficial Shokugeki between Shinomiya and the Megumi-Soma pair has begun. With expulsion on the line, the judging is underway. Megumi's first dish as the main chef is her own take on the nine-vegetable terrine Shinomiya assigned--the Rainbow Terrine, made from seven types of vegetables!
The Eggs Before Dawn
Before the students have a chance to sleep for the night, Dojima announces his next task, in which the students must prepare a buffet-style egg dish to be served at breakfast early next morning. With everyone spending the night trying to come up with a recipe, Soma decides on a soufflé omelette, which is met with silent criticism from some of the other students. As breakfast comes the next day, it is revealed the judges will consist of the hotel's guests and staff, which students needing to hand out 200 servings of their dish in order to pass. While many of the students including Erina, Megumi, and Tatsumi all manage to impress with their dishes, Soma struggles to serve his dish to anyone.
Due to the specific timing required for his soufflé omelette, Soma struggles to get any customers to try his dish before they end up deflating. With half an hour left in the challenge, Soma calmly analyzes the situtation and changes his approach, cooking in front of his customers in order to attract a crowd while also delivering the dish in its peak condition. Optimizing his preparation to cook his omelettes as quickly as possible, Soma manages to complete his 200 servings goal with merely seconds to spare. Afterwards, Soma is introduced to Erina's cousin, Alice Nakiri, who considers both Soma and Erina her rivals. Following another task a few hours later, Dojima treats all the surviving students with a banquet to celebrate the end of the training camp, while withholding information about the next event: the Autumn Elections.
The Man Called the Demon
As the students make their way home, Shinomiya decides to return to France make his restaurant the best in Paris, while the other alumni explain how the training camp also serves as a recruitment ground to determine potential for future employment. Going back for his headband, Soma ends up missing his bus and has to hitch a ride back to school with Erina, who explains about the Autumn Festival while hiding the fact that she, along with Dojima, are shown to have fond memories of Joichiro. Returning to the Polar Star Dormitory, Soma is surprised to see Joichiro, who is revealed to be an alumnus and former member of the Elite Ten who went by the name Joujirou Saiba. As Joichiro treats the returning residents to a meal, Fumio explains that Joichiro and Dojima were once fellow Polar Star residents who were responsible for many of the luxuries the dorm has. Later that night, Joichiro tells Soma about his campus memories, filling him with more determination. The next morning, Joichiro decides to have a cooking contest against Soma.
The Chef Who's Crossed a Thousand Leagues
With Fumio, Megumi, and Satoshi winding up as judges, Soma and Joichiro are challenged to use ingredients from the kitchen to make a light yet energizing breakfast dish that will wake them up. Soma presents an apple risotto, which provides a crisp taste which changes with the addition of black pepper. Joichiro, on the other hand, presents the unusual choice of ramen which, despite its heavy appearance, turns out to be a mellow and warming vegetarian dish, providing powerful flavor without meat or fish. The judges unanimously vote Joichiro's dish the winner, though Soma's dish also receives some praise. As Jouichirou takes his leave, he leaves a message recommending Soma visit the Yukihira Diner during the holiday.
The Seductive Karaage
Arriving back home, Soma temporarily re-opens Yukihira Diner to serve his loyal customers, including his childhood friend, Mayu Kurase, who has a crush on him. He learns that the Sumire Shopping District has been doing poor business lately due to the arrival of a popular karaage chain shop, Mozuya. Wanting to help revive the shopping district, Soma decides to come up with a competing karaage recipe, calling in Ikumi as his meat expert while Mayu winds up as his taste tester. The three do some recon at Mozuya, where they find its CEO Kinu Nakamozu to be a spiteful woman, before beginning work on a recipe to compete with theirs. As Soma takes up Mayu's suggestion to use their shopping district location to their advantage, it is revealed that the figure behind Mozuya's success is one of the Elite Ten.
The Karaage of Youth
Noting that the shopping district focuses more on walk-and-eat food, as opposed to Mozuya's packaged approach, Soma shifts his focus towards creating a karaage that can be enjoyed straight out of the fryer. Opting to go with thigh meat with a chilli-based marinade, Soma gets inspiration from a bento shop owner and decides to serve his karaage in rice flour wraps with salad, providing enhanced flavor, portability, and appeal all at once. This brings a large amount of business, which in turns helps the rest of the shopping district come back to life, with Nakamozu having no choice but to admit defeat. Afterwards, Soma puts Mayu in charge of helping with the karaage's sales, having noted her good qualities. Returning back to the academy, Soma is brought before Mozuya's puppetmaster, Etsuya Eizan, the ninth seat of the Elite Ten, who informs him of the Autumn Elections.
The Chosen One
The contestants and rules for the Autumn Elections are announced, in which the sixty selected contestants are split into two groups which they must top in order to advance to the tournament phase. Meanwhile, Megumi is approached by a girl named Miyoko Hojo, who was interested in her shokugeki with Shinomiya but becomes disappointed when she hears she was helped by Soma. After learning the first dish of the elections is a curry dish, Soma and Megumi pay a visit to Jun Shiomi, an instructor and former Polar Star alumna who specializes in curry and spices, along with her assistant Akira Hayama, who is also in the elections. Using Jun's theories on spices, Akira demonstrates how preparing the same ingredients of a curry dish in different ways can yield drastically different results. Becoming wowed by the powerful flavors of Akira's curry, Soma becomes determined to beat him with an even better curry dish at the preliminaries.
The Dragon Lies Down and Ascends the Skies
Fully aware of how deep curry can go through their encounter with Hayama, Soma and Megumi join the other first-years in preparing for the Autumn Elections over the rest of the summer. Now, the time has finally come for the preliminaries...
The Interplay of Light and Shadow
Soma's bento defeats Alice's. The second match of the tournament: Megumi vs. Ryo! The theme is ramen. What will these complete opposites in personalities and cooking styles choose for their ramen broth?
The Generation of Prodigies
Megumi and Ryo both present their dishes. Round 2 has finally concluded. Round 3 brings Hayama Akira, against Nakiri Erina's aide, Arato Hisako!
Takumi and Mimasaka begin their match, with the addition of it being a Shokugeki! Mimasaka surprises everyone when he reveals he'll be cooking the same dish: semifreddo. Can his version beat Takumi's?
Challenging the Elite Ten
Following a meeting with the Elite Ten, Soma is focused on challenging one of them to a Shokugeki. As the Moon Festival is approaching, he chooses to directly compete with one of the members by opening a food stall for the festival.
Má and Là
Soma chances upon Erina, Alice, and Hisako and decides to make them taste test his Mapo Doufu, which he plans to complete with Kuga with. Megumi decides she will help Soma in his booth for the Moon Banquet Festival.
The Moon Festival finally begins! The dish that Soma decides to make for his stand are black pepper buns that are made in a stone oven. However, the crowd keeps going over to the more luxurious Chinese cuisine RS's stand instead. Soma ends up in the red on the first day. Since students who end up with losses during this school festival will be expelled, Soma is already in trouble. Will he be able to turn things around?!
A Pride of Young Lions
Soma continues his assault against Kuga's restaurant. As the last day comes, Soma has pulled together everything he's experimented on during the festival. Just as things start to get busy, he gets some help.
The Darkening Dinner Table
The final day of the Moon Festival is here. Soma and Kuga's battle finally draws to a close--who will emerge the victor? After closing up shop in the Central Area, Soma and Megumi accept Rindo's invitation to go to Tsukasa Eishi's booth in the Yamanote Area! What kind of food will be served by the first seat?
The Imprisoned Queen
The news of Azami's new posting spreads like wildfire around the school, much to the shock of the students and the public. Sanzaemon meets with Soma, and the former director reflects on Erina's childhood as a happy little girl and how she was brainwashed, and isolated by Azami. He begs Soma to save Erina.
With Alice and Hisako's help, Erina escaped from her family home and came to Polar Star Dormitory. Meanwhile, Azami establishes Central, whose members will solely consist of students he personally finds worthy. In addition, he announces the dissolution of research groups, research societies, and clubs! Polar Star Dormitory is also on the list...
Soma and Eizan begin the shokugeki that will determine the fate of Polar Star Dormitory. Hereto known more as a skilled consultant, Eizan's strengths as a chef will finally become known. The shokugeki's topic is Satsuma chicken from Kagoshima prefecture. However, the match is rigged due to Eizan having bought out all the judges. Does Soma have a fighting chance?
Hunting the Survivors
Though Polar Star Dormitory has won a narrow victory, the Azami administration is continuing its revolution. Isshiki (7th Seat), Megishima (3rd Seat), Kuga (8th Seat) are removed from the Elite Ten. Furthermore, the administration begins its "survivor hunt" to crush remaining organizations who seek to overturn the administration's decision to shut them all down...
The Salmon WIll Dance
As Ryo prepares his dish, it is revealed that Rentaro is an expert in low temperature cooking and makes use of a combi steamer and cryomill to create a salmon confit flamme with a side of salmon ice cream. Ryo responds by baking a coulibiac.
Der Weiße Ritter der Tafel
Alice berates Azami publicly, and tells Erina to stand up for herself. The next day, Soma volunteers to be Tsukasa Eishi's sous chef during class, impressing Tsukasa with his advanced skills. Tsukasa then challenges Soma to an informal Shokugeki, if he loses, he has to join Central as his right-hand man.
The One Who Aims for the Summit
Soma and Tsukasa finish their dishes, with Soma making a charcoal grilled venison thigh with sweet chestnut sauce, while Tsukasa makes roast venison back strap with peppercorn and berry sauce. Erina, Hisako, and Megumi acts as judges. Afterwards, Azami comes to the Polar Star Dormitory.
The 1st years at Totsuki are facing the biggest event of the 2nd semester, The Advancement Exam! This year, however, their is an added twist as those who won't obey Azami's regime will face elimination.
Onward on the Totsuki Train
The advancement exam traditionally takes place in Hokkaido every year, so Erina holds a special lesson on Hokkaido ingredients to the Polar Star members.
Jeanne D'Arc Rises
The Rebels get past the first exam. The next exam uses noodles, but Central does their best to prevent the Rebels from getting any noodles to begin with.
In the third exam, students are to battle Totsuki elite ten members! Soma is up against the newest member, Akira Hayama, who joined the council recently. Their exam will begin in 3 days’ time with a main ingredient of bear meat, which Soma has no experience with!
The Umami Tightrope
Soma questions Hayama's motivations for joining Central. After speaking with Dojima, Soma confronts Hayama. The day of the match finally arrives!
Soma and Hayama begin their revenge match. After the initial taste test, Hayama’s dish surpasses Soma’s dish! However, Soma’s dish is not complete yet.
Declaration of War
Hisako, Alice and Kurokiba all failed the third exam and were expelled! In desperation, Erina directly negotiate with Azami but her pleas are not taken seriously. Soma also challenges Azami for the seat at the elite ten. Like Erina, his challenge was also brushed away but the situation changes entirely when a certain person appears at the scene!
Erina's Diligent Studies
In order to prepare themselves for the upcoming Régiment du Cuisine, Soma and the others divide into 2 teams for practice battle. While they are not allowed to speak under the rule, the team leader Dojima prepares a dish but to everyone’s confusion, he improvises from the recipe. As Takumi tries to understand Dojima’s intention, he recalls back to the events at Stagiaire Challenge…
The Pioneer of the Wastelands
23 years ago, Polar Star dormitory lead by Saiba Joichiro and Dojima Gin was known as the strongest of all Totsuki Academy. Joichiro’s creative dishes have won many competitions and recognized by many, however, he had unsettling feeling inside him…!
To the Final Battleground
The day of the Regiment de Cuisine is here! Soma has selected 8 best members to defeat the central! After Azami and Erina’s discussion, it was decided that Soma, Isshiki and Megishima will fight in the 1st BOUT. Soma is up against Kinokuni Nene, the 6th seat in Central and also an expert in “Soba” noodles! What will the Shokugeki theme be!?
Bearing Polar Star Dormitory
Excitement rises as the judges arrive at the venue of the Regiment de Cuisine. Isshiki is up against the 8th seat and Italian cuisine specialist Shiratsu Julio! His rivalry for carefully Isshiki is apparent but what’s the reason behind it? Julio’s dish is ready first! What will the judges reaction be!?
The Basis for Strength
3rd and final battle between Soma and Nene is heating up, as they are putting everything they've got in the dish! As the theme of shokugeki being Soba, Nene is in her element and finishes first. Her dish is highly praised by the judges so what will Soma cook up to turn the situation around!?