Awesome: Shokugeki no Soma

  • Soma's very first challenge to defend his restaurant: After all the stock of his restaurant was destroyed by the land sharks that targeted his business, he manages to give the Alpha Bitch a "juicy meat dish" made basically of mashed potatoes wrapped with bacon. It was so good that it made her beg for more.
  • Soma Yukihira delivers a speech to the Tootsuki freshmen — saying he thinks of Tootsuki, a school with a 10% passing rate, as a mere stepping stone. A Badass Boast without shouting.
  • Soma's first Shokugeki against Ikumi Mito, who was then Erina's henchwoman. Not only did Soma win over her, but did so utilizing a cheap discount steak from the supermarket, against Ikumi's A5 Wagyu beef dish.
  • Takumi and Isami's introduction during the Training Camp. Takumi demonstrated his ability as a quick thinker outside the box by choosing aigamo (Japanese duck), while most of the others chose obvious fish dishes, and improvised Italian recipes with the available ingredients.
    • Isami doesn't get left behind as he can clean and cut the meat perfectly at a very quick pace, even though he says Takumi is three times faster than him.
  • Soma challenging Koujirou Shinomiya, a Tootsuki alumnus AND one of the Legendary Ten Alumni, to a Shokugeki. It helps that Shinomiya is a major Jerkass.
    • Even though Soma loses the match, Shinomiya tries the food Soma and Megumi Tadokoro made and it makes him relive his childhood (and yes it's an obvious glen from Ratatouille ) so much so that he adds in his own coin to the duo's plate. Shinomiya realizes his error in his stubborn ways and allows Megumi, as well as Soma, to stay in the school.
    • Not only that, Soma was not the head chef: Megumi was forced to take the position. Her recipe, with Soma's assistance, and getting props from the Legendary Chefs, despite not winning, adds to her credibility and staying power at Tootsuki.
  • Soma's comeback in the breakfast buffet trial, where he serves 200 plates in a meager 30 minutes.
    • To put this into perspective, Alice Nakiri and Erina easily serve 400 plates in the 2-hour period. Soma's failed omelette manages to serve 10 plates, but with 30 minutes left on the clock, he improvises by putting on a live cooking performance that attracts more customers, and serves the 190 needed to pass the trial. Repeat: he made 190 dishes...IN THE SPAN OF 30 MINUTES.
  • Soma takes a break to go check on his shop and finds the shopping district it's built in is once again endangered by a big business chain. He meets a representative of one of such, Mozuya, who's selling Karaage. Said representative is naturally cocky and flies off the handle when Soma challenges her, thinking he's beneath her. So Soma then comes up with an improved version of Karaage and two days later, causes Mozuya's sales to plummet. The representative heads to Soma's shop and realizes just how badly she underestimated him, especially when she's pressured to try his version. To add insult to injury, her boss is one of the Tootsuki alumni who told her specifically to report to him if Soma tries anything. Needless to say she has a lot of explaining to do.
    • One for that whole shopping block in general. Soma may have made the food that brought business back to the area. But it was thanks to the efforts of the other shop owners working together that he managed to pull it off in short time.
  • Jouichirou Yukihira demolishing his son in their 490th cooking duel. If you thought Soma's skills were awesome, his father is culinary awesomeness PERSONIFIED.
    Fumio Daimidou: "Even when Soma's dish could be given a perfect score, it feels like he [Jouichirou] could surpass it easily!"
  • Megumi carving a hanging goosefish in the middle of the Fall Classic tournament. No one even knows how she'll use it in her curry, not even the Queen of Curry herself!
  • Marui Zenji finally casts off his Butt Monkey status and displays his real skills by using his extensive knowledge to compensate for his average cooking sense.
  • Chapter 57: Megumi makes it to the final eight. Time for the little bird to take flight from her small, small garden. It's worth mentioning that the judges could really feel "human warmth" in it, right after they just had Alice's extravagant curry.
    • In the same chapter, Alice's dish, which is so strange and delicious that the judges can't find the words to describe it, and she made in to finals in the Fall Classic by getting the highest score in Block B.
  • Soma's entry for the Fall Classic is Curry Omelette Rissoto, which not only rivals Akira Hayama's dish (who gets plenty of merit because he's the favorite for the theme), but because it indirectly splits the judges' opinions: Akira scores 94 (two perfect 20s, three 18s), but Soma gets 93 (two 18s, three 19s); the three judges who awarded Akira 18s declare they enjoy Soma's dish more, thus giving him 19s. This begs the question, "Of the two, if they compete in a Shokugeki, who would win?"
    • As Satoshi Isshiki points out, Soma's dish was a combination of two of his "previous fails": the omelette from the breakfast buffet trial at Training Camp, and the Apple Rissoto made during his 490th duel against his father. Soma refuses to let those go as failures, thus used the experience in his favor.
  • First Shokugeki of the Final Round: Soma defeated Alice's molecular cuisine techniques, making a bento box that had the only thing Alice's didn't: It made the judges feel the joy of eating it.
    • Not only that, it's also the details on the entries: Alice's dish was a Temari Bento, which included a vast amount of techniques of molecular gastronomy and ingredients, regarded as a "jewelry box". On the other hand, Soma defeated her with a Nori Bento (considered one of the cheapest and most basic bentos in the market) by making it fun to discover, prompting the judges to regard it as a "treasure chest". Senzaemon explained that while Alice's bento was superior in flavor, she could have also do this dish for a sushi competition.
  • Chapter 69 has Megumi delivering a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment to Ryou Kurokiba during their Fall Classic duel.
  • Chapter 70: Ryou Kurokiba's cooking and the "foodgasm" of the judges.
  • Chapter 71: The scenes of Megumi's combat with Ryou. Thus far, combat scenes have been used to dictate rivalries between people as a metaphor for their cooking clash. But all of these people have been naturally competitive. Seeing ultra-Nice Girl Megumi bust out a Stand and go toe-to-toe with Kurokiba Ryou, who's been pointed out as using a cooking style that is "pure force" and looks like a serial killer, is more awesome than when others do it.
  • Chapter 73 has the initial stages of Hisako Arato vs. Akira Hayama displaying their techniques. Not only Akira makes a big kebab, but Hisako momentarily overshadows him when she beheaded a living turtle and opened the shell in front of a shocked audience without even batting an eyelash. Worth mentioning that the only ones amazed by this were the judges and Yuuki, who is a wild game chef used to this.
  • Finally in Chapter 74 and 75, Hayama counters back with a Kebab dish. This results in Hisako's defeat, even when her dish had a lot of taste and visual impact. Also equally awesome was Hayama's lecture on her: Hisako lost because she settled down to be Erina's Number Two and never leaving her shadow, while Akira himself has the ambition of reaching the Top of Tootsuki by dethroning Erina and taking over the Council of Ten Masters, very much like Soma declared.
  • Chapter 80: After winning against Takumi in their shokugeki, Subaru instantly goes to Soma's bedroom to likewise challenge him to one as they're paired off for the next stage of the election. Subaru hopes that seeing one of his friends defeated would get him riled up enough to accept. However, Soma stays coolheaded throughout the encounter and even ups the stakes. If Soma wins, he gets all 100 of Subaru's ill-gotten kitchen tools, but if Subaru wins Soma will give up being a cook and shut down his restaurant. Subaru warns Soma of the risk he's taking, but Soma, without a ounce of hesitation, tells him to bring it on. And to even top it all off, he tells Subaru what he's even going to make!
    • Chapter 87: As Mimasaka presents his completed meal to the judges in their match, even when Soma's idea of improvising the beef stew dish's ingredients the morning before their match to limit the perfect trace was anticipated by Mimasaka, Soma still keeps his cool and even gets him to question what may happen next. The look on Mimasaka's face just shows that we could be in for a satisfying win by our protagonist. See for yourself.
    Subaru Mimasaka: All of what he's trying to do should be within my expectations. Yet, what am I afraid of?
    • Chapter 88: Sure enough Soma manages to gain the win mainly because he kept thinking of ways to improve the dish just as he was about cook it and his knowledge of beef in general, a complete improvisation. Mimasaka is completely waylaid by this as it leaves him virtually no way he can plan ahead to one up him. Soma even further twists the knife by mentioning that he indeed had the same idea Mimasaka had for his dish but knew that wouldn't cut it which lead to him to just do an on the spot dish right then and there.
  • Chapter 89:
    • Likewise listed in the Heartwarming section but all the kitchen utensils returned to their proper owners. One girl even properly thanks him for getting her kitchen knife back as it was a keepsake from her late mother.
    • After Soma wins, an official shows his friends the contract he had signed that would make it official that he would never cook again. He promptly rips it up much to Soma's friends joy and relief.
    • Soma telling Subaru not to stop cooking as he realizes he does indeed have a talent for it.
  • Chapter 92 concluding the Hayama vs. Kurokiba match by doing it a Three-way Finale between both of them and Soma. To elaborate on how it happened, both Hayama's duck stew and Kurokiba's eel dish had their own strong points (Akira had the aroma combo, while Ryou packed a big explosion of flavor on it), which gave the judges a hard time to decide who they liked more. While Hinako and Fuyumi voted for Hayama, and on the other hand Doujima and Taki gave their votes to Kurokiba, the final vote was up to Sonoka. Seeing that she was under a lot of pressure from the audience and Kurokiba himself, Doujima suggested both of them deserved a win.
    • The artwork for both chapter 91 and 92 were awesomely drawn, with Hayama's entry resembling a Card Duel, and Kurokiba going feral.
  • Chapter 102 has Isshiki explaining to Eizan why everyone is rampant on putting down Soma: because if they decide to acknowledge him, then they are admitting that they haven't been making enough of an effort themselves. This is then followed by many people in the audience doing just that: Soma's fellow classmates are finally acknowledging his skill.
  • Chapter 107: For the first week of the Stagiaire period, Erina and Megumi are sent to a high-class restaurant run by a rude, obstinate chef who obviously doesn't want them there and tries to relegate them to grunt work which is well bellow their skill level and wouldn't allow them to complete their assignment. Erina calls him out on it and by the next day takes control over the kitchen. Under her leadership, the quality of cooking raises immensely. In the end, even the Head Chef bows down before her asking for advice, allowing Erina to earn an easy pass on the assignment. Like a boss.
  • Chapter 112 may not seem worthy initially, but watching Soma plow through what has to be one of the most demanding work environments imaginable is incredibly awesome. Even though he starts out way behind and out of his depth, Soma manages to catch up and pull his weight. The most amazing thing is that he doesn't even bother to get irritated or discouraged because he's simply way too excited about picking up a whole new skill-set. On top of that, Shinomiya's wordless faith in Soma's perseverance shows just how far he's come from the jerkass he used to be back at the training camp.
  • Chapter 116 establishes the end of the Internship period, which also served to eliminate the average students and keep the real good ones.
    • Ryou manages to reform all the Japanese Delinquents that scared the other customers, which also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny when the gang members want to appoint Ryou as their "big brother".
    • The Tootsuki personnel deserve one as well, since one of the examiners eliminated a student who not only didn't achieve any accomplishments, but even gave a bad reputation to his workplace by tweeting complaints about it.
    • Even though Daigo and Shoji didn't compete at the Fall Classic and they kept bickering during most of their Internships, the two managed to pass perfectly by creating a new dish for the restaurant.
    • Isami cleared successfully his Internship, also demonstrating that he gained enough level to support Takumi instead of depending on him.
    • Shun, even after saving a restaurant from bankruptcy, couldn't be happy about this because he still felt that he was below Soma, Megumi, and Isshiki.
    • Megumi also became more confident in contrast to her experience with her first Internship site, even assuming the roles of the waitresses at her current Ryokan. Though we don't see a lot of detail, it's clear that she's in her element - a complete opposite of the very nervous Shrinking Violet the readers were introduced to in the first few chapters.
    • During his 2 week absence, turns out that Soma had been receiving a lot of Shokugeki challenges from many sempais, because of his Fall Classic performance and also for clearing the Stagiaire stage, which placed him as equal for the rest of the school. Not only Soma accepted right away a challenge from a 2nd year, but also declared that he was going to accept all the other challenges. Not only he did get more confidence and skills, but his appearance also seems to have matured and he gained a new fire in his eyes.
  • This was built up from Chapter 118 to Chapter 119. 2nd Year and 8th Seat of the Elite Ten, Terunori Kuga, started to boast and say that they shouldn't waste time with the First Years. The very first thing that comes out from Soma's mouth is to request a Shokugeki from any of them, which earns the collective shock from everyone there. Even thought they declined, Soma was still unimpressed by all the privileges given to the Elite. What finally lit the fire was Kuga berating all the First Years by declaring that neither of them has a chance against the Elite Ten. The whole group (except for a scared Megumi and an unimpressed Erina) was burning with silent anger and ready to take them down anytime.
    • And even thought she was scared to the core, Megumi agreed that the Elite Ten had no right to talk to them like that and she wished Soma would defeat them, even when she herself was afraid of that possibility.