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Each school year at Totsuki is known as a 'generation.' The students who were in their first year at the start of the story are known as the 92nd Generation. At this point in their career, many students are unable to keep up with the curriculum and are frequently expelled. In general, only around 10% on average move on to the next year.

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In General

  • The Chosen One: Several members of the 92nd generation were chosen by Tōtsuki officials to serve as stepping stones for Erina.
  • Squad Nickname: During the Promotion Exams Arc, The Polar Star dorm members, along with the Nakiri cousins, Kurokiba, the Aldini brothers, Mito Nikumi, and Hisako Arato are named "The Rebels" for going against Central. The entire generation as a whole has the nickname The Jewels Generation for possessing a number of notable prodigies.


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    Erina Nakiri 

Erina Nakiri

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Vomic), Risa Taneda (Anime, 2015-16), and Hisako Kanemoto (Anime, 2017-present) (Japanese); Stephanie Wittels (English)

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Possibly the most talented chef to ever enroll at Totsuki, Erina is the current heir of the main house of the wealthy Nakiri family, being the granddaughter of Dean Senzaemon as well as the daughter of Mana and Azami. From a young age, she's also worked as an official gourmet critic thanks to her incredibly refined palate, known to many as 'God's Tongue.' However, she's also something of an elitist and is offended that some common diner trash Soma cooked up managed to meet her incredibly high standards, which wasn't helped by his taunting of her as she tasted the dish during his entrance exam. Since she's also quite petty, she initially tries to reject his application and later tries a few times to have him expelled, eventually choosing to ignore him instead.

Though very popular at school for her talent, looks and pedigree, she has essentially no friends or interests beyond cooking. She's accompanied by her secretary and fellow 92nd generation student Hisako Arato, tends to squabble with her cousin Alice and ends up bumping heads with Soma much more than she'd like.


  • Abusive Parents: When she was young, her father had ruthlessly indoctrinated his rigid ideals of perfection on her. Erina's mother is mean and callous towards her.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: What sets her apart from most of the student body, aside of her family name and reputation, is also her talent level, and she is very aware of this. After her Character Development settles in, she becomes a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • The Ace: Erina belongs to the elite Nakiri family and was a Child Prodigy. She is very popular at Totsuki and is held with high regard. She also made it to the Council of Ten in Middle School itself. She is so talented that she defeated the 3rd/former 4th Seat Momo Akanegakubo in her own specialty using an improved dish. Teaming up with Soma, they also rather handily defeated Eishi Tsukasa (1st Seat) and Rindou Kobayashi (2nd Seat) in the Regimental Shokugeki, doing so much better that Soma admits her superiority and nominates her for the position of Dean, which Senzaemon supports, putting her in control of Totsuki at the age of sixteen. She also won the prestigious BLUE tournament.
  • Adorkable: In contrast to her public persona, she reverts to this pretty much any time where she tries to act her age or when she's around the few people she's actually comfortable with. These behaviors include being overly excited by normal activities like card games, an inability to operate basic machinery (such as a washing machine) or failing to understand where to buy a volume of manga. At one point she gives a series of lectures to the Polaris dorm members and shows up to them dressed in a risqué teacher's cosplay outfit with tight hair-bun and glasses (despite her not actually needing glasses). The dorm members comment on how unusual the getup is, but she doesn't seem to notice. She also had an unusually cute look of concern for Soma after finishing her task for the third Promotion Exam and rushes to see how he fared.
  • Aesop Amnesia: During the Central Arc, one of the primary plot points was Erina finally overcoming the trauma of Azami's influence on her, and realizing that she doesn't have to define herself as "the owner of God's Tongue", as Soma and his friends teach her about how fun cooking can be when you just try over and over to find a better taste in spite of previous failures. However, in the BLUE Tournament Arc, it's revealed she wants to win the tournament in order to save her mother, Mana, by cooking something that can satisfy her God's Tongue. When Asahi points out that someone who lost their ability to enjoy food because of the God's Tongue can’t be saved by another God's Tongue, she despairs, seemingly forgetting that her friends in the Polaris Dormitory already showed her it’s possible to make delicious food without listening to the instructions of her refined palate.
  • Almighty Janitor: It's implied that Erina's much better than her rank would imply, only having the tenth seat because she didn't bother aiming any higher. When her ability is finally put to the test, she beats master patissiere and fourth seat Momo Akanegakubo on her home turf with a spur of the moment dish built around proving a point rather than being the absolute pinnacle of her ability. She then proceeds to stomp Tsukasa and Rindou when she develops her own specialty with a dish she threw together in ten minutes. Afterwards she doesn't even rejoin the Council of Ten but instead is promoted directly to Dean to fill the void.
  • Always Someone Better: Whenever the story praises the other first years, it usually does it in a way like 'they might be the best in their year... after Erina Nakiri' or 'they might have talent that could come close to Erina Nakiri eventually.' How the other characters react to that really says a lot about them. Hayama sees her as a major rival while Alice gets frustrated at being unable to match up, but lacks the passion to really improve herself. Her aide Hisako doesn't even want to compete with her. Soma, for his part, seems to view her as a stepping stone on the way to his actual goal and doesn't even give her the same kind of acknowledgement that Hayama does.
  • Angry Chef: While all the characters are chefs, Erina in particular starts out a haughty, bad-tempered perfectionist.
  • Badass Boast:
    • In chapter 204, she gives one to Azami when she resigns from the Tenth Seat of the Council of Ten.
    • She does it again in chapter 244, before her bout against Momo:
    Erina: You seem to be in an awfully sour mood. But you should be thankful. Because I, Nakiri Erina, am about to grace you with a lesson.
  • Bad Liar: When she bumps into Soma during training camp, she’s humming and cheerful, which she finds embarrassing. She futilely tries to deny it, but not only does he not believe her, she can't even distract him. She also tells Soma his entrance exam dish was bad, despite her internal monologue and reaction making it clear she enjoyed the dish.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: As part of her Academic Alpha Bitch personality, she took on Chan RS (a club specialized in chanko nabe, a traditional pot dish most frequently associated with sumo wrestlers) in their own specialty, crushing them with ease to make room for another one of her food labs. To avenge Megumi, she goes against Momo Akanegakubo, the best patissier at Totsuki, head-on in a battle of pastries, adapting her own version of Megumi's dorayaki in her "Soufflé Léger de Grâce", to beat Momo 3-0 during the Regiment de Cuisine.
    • Soma invokes and outright weaponizes this during the final round of the Regiment de Cuisine. After producing an appetizer that's too powerful to be anything except a main dish, which, given the format of the competition, would automatically result in a loss for them, Soma turns it around and uses his own dish to challenge Erina, forcing her to produce a main dish that can stand up to, match with, and surpass his appetizer, essentially forcing her to beat Soma at his own game in order to effectively win. The resulting dish succeeds by virtue of Erina drawing upon many of Soma's off-the-wall improvisations and creative tricks to perfect its flavor.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Erina's decision to help the residents of the Polaris dorm with the Promotion Exams stems from her desire to repay them for the kindness they've shown her since taking her in. She is willing to do anything to make sure they become second years — including challenging her father and giving up her seat on the Council of Ten.
  • Berserk Button: After their encounter at the admission test, she loses it whenever Soma Yukihira is mentioned... at first. This changes after she is taken in by the Polaris dorm. Her attitude regarding Soma gradually begins to soften, and after Soma cooks for her and reminds her why she wanted to learn how to cook in the first place, her hostility disappears completely. Now, she all but demands that he become a second year alongside her..
  • Big Good: Her Character Development has her becoming this throughout the Central arc. She acts as the Rebels' main guide against her father's regime to make sure they don't get expelled. She finally becomes the new Dean of Totsuki Academy, officially cementing her as this.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her greatest skill is her hypersensitive palate; while on the surface this seems like an incredible gift for a chef to have, in practice it leads her to actually dislike cooking because she can taste flaws in almost every dish.
  • Book-Ends: In her first appearance, she sampled Soma's "transforming furikake" which was so named for its use of gelatinized chicken broth as a final touch, and despite her obvious enjoyment of it, she couldn't bring herself to say it was good. It's revealed much later that her reluctance was due to psychological conditioning by her father, and in the final match of the Regiment de Cuisine, she uses the very same chicken broth as her final touch, as a sign of her Character Development and implicit acknowledgement of Soma's cooking style. As could be expected, Azami, who is a judge, refuses to acknowledge the dish, but it's also obvious he likes it as his foodgasm manifests in the disrobing of almost everyone on the cooking floor.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Uses Soma's "Happy to Serve" one-liner after she beats Momo, albeit in a much more polite fashion to fit her ojou image. Soma is very quick to point this out and tease her about it, which she vehemently denies naturally. After the duo won the final match, he urges her to say it again for both of them, and this time she quotes the original line.
  • Broken Ace: Erina is an incredible cook with a godly palate that can detect almost any imperfection in a dish, is the youngest member and only freshman of the Council of Ten, and is predicted by culinary experts to be on the route to becoming the greatest chef of her generation. However, she's also socially isolated and was psychologically and physically abused as a child, leading to lasting effects on her personality. Also, the talents she was naturally born with actually make her dislike cooking to an extent because it means everything she eats tastes flawed to her.
  • Broken Tears: She starts shedding tears during her fateful match against Soma at the BLUE finals. This is because she is convinced she can never fulfil her mother's wish and that she too will eventually succumb to the same fate her mother is suffering. Soma reproves her lack of resolve and calls her food boring.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is very direct when sampling food and in pointing out flaws, even to her closest friends. The only occasion shown in which she outright lies about food quality is during Soma's entrance exam, at which her lie was caused by Soma's perceived arrogant behavior and lack of respect (which in turn was partially driven by Erina's attitude).
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • She finally calls out Azami when the latter attempts to convince her to turn to Central to the point that she resigns from the Council of Ten by saying that she will never betray her friends.
    • In Chapter 300, she angrily blasts Mana when she realizes that the latter has been setting up the BLUE matches to try and oust her daughter.
  • Character Development:
    • Initially, she was presented as an entirely antagonistic character bent on exacting revenge on Soma (by trying to have him expelled from the school) for his perceived slight on her reputation. However, as the series progresses and her character arc is fleshed out, she stops focusing on the revenge/expulsion angle and instead avoids him as much as possible and gets irritated when she can't. As a temporary Polaris tenant, she also gradually realizes that she still has a lot to learn after seeing Soma, Megumi and their friends brainstorm culinary ideas together, finding new and creative ways to make dishes work rather than stick to one single way like Erina is used to doing or having people do to try to please her.
    • After Soma's cooking reminds her of her lost passion for cooking, she decides to rally La Résistance against Azami's regime and effectively becomes its leader. She even stands up to her father right in his face by resigning from the Council of Ten and defeats Momo in a manner very inspired by Soma's usual tactics, right down to borrowing his catchphrase at the end (not that she'd admit to the inspiration).
  • Chaste Heroine: Erina initially does not understand the appeal of romance. When Alice teases her about it, Erina talks about her admiration for Joichiro instead (which turns out to be more of a form of hero-worship). However, she later is seen blushing and engrossed in a romance manga which Alice gives her.
  • The Chosen One: As the Nakiri family heiress, she's been groomed to eventually take over the family when her grandfather eventually retires and is considered by many to be potentially the greatest chef that will come out of Tootski. Her father even explicitly calls her the "key" that will lead a new generation of chefs because of her abnormal sense of taste that lets her breakdown and understand almost every dish she comes in contact with.
  • The Comically Serious: She decides to give special lectures to Soma and the Polaris Dorm. How? By dressing like a Hot Teacher (complete with glasses, tight skirt and heels). Although she doesn't seem to mind, the others quickly note the risqué getup and if it was really necessary for study sessions.
  • Comically Small Bribe: She typically requires an exorbitant consultation fee to test anyone's food and provide feedback. However, when Soma makes an off-hand remark that someone in the dorm has all of the volumes of the shojo manga she's reading, she agrees to taste his food if he lends her the remaining volumes since she doesn’t know where to get them by herself.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: By the second half of the Central arc, Erina has to choose between being loyal to Azami and Central or side with Soma and her friends to retake Totsuki Academy. During this decision-making process, she picks the latter.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: As a giant middle finger to her father's philosophy, her main dish in the finale of the Regiment de Cuisine incorporates aspects of two of Soma's most infamous dishes: Soma's disgusting peanut butter-squid combo (which she managed to make delicious) before adding the Transforming Furikake of the dish Soma served her as part of his entrance exam as the finishing touch, blowing even Azami away with how ridiculously well the flavors came together.
  • Covert Pervert: Although her first reaction to finally seeing Isshiki in his Naked Apron is to exclaim that it's vulgar, she kept looking while Hisako tried telling her to not do it.
  • Cry Cute: The usually haughty Erina tears up in despair after Azami declines to rescind all his expulsions (especially Hisako and Alice), before Soma steps in her defense and outright challenges Azami and his loyalist Council of Ten into a team Shokugeki.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After Alice left for Denmark, Azami began "training" her to be intolerant of "imperfect" dishes by locking her in a dark room, forcing her to judge dishes and having her throw any dish that was less than perfect. If she would disobey, he would hurt her. This continued until she was completely brainwashed to behave like him. She barely started to recover after Senzaemon's intervention (which resulted in Azami's expulsion from the family), Alice's return and Hisako's support, but the trauma still haunts her and she is still very picky about the food she judges. In fact, Azami's abuse was so bad that it made her forget why she wanted to cook in the first place, admitting that she has never really enjoyed cooking. Erina does eventually call Azami out on his abuse by the time chapter 204 rolls around.
  • Defector from Decadence: She leaves the Council of Ten to side with her friends once she decides she's had enough of Azami's abuse.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rather aloof and isolated by default, but when people make an effort to get to know her she actually warms up quickly and turns out to be pretty nice, if a little socially awkward and sheltered. She also ends up becoming particularly close to Soma after finally making the effort to get to know and understand him, though she doesn't like for people to notice and they still tend to bicker. But even so she can openly admit that she cares about him and doesn't want him to get expelled.
  • Deuteragonist: Promoted to this role after the Moon Banquet festival when her father takes over the school. From that point, her Character Development takes center stage alongside Soma's conflict against Central. To the point where she, not Soma, is the one poised to serve the main dish of the final battle against Central's Council of Ten.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: At first, Erina makes no secret of hiding how she resents Soma to the point that it becomes a temporary Berserk Button. Eventually, she drops her haughty attitude and becomes one of Soma's close friends.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of chapter 204, she decides she's had enough of Azami and quits the Council of Ten.
  • Dramatic Irony: She looks up to Joichiro as the ideal chef and denounces Soma's trial-and-error approach, completely unaware that Joichiro raised him to be like that in the first place. Her face when she does finds out their connection is priceless.
  • The Dreaded: Dozens of aspiring Totsuki transferees would rather quit than take her cooking test, because being branded as someone without talent by her would be tantamount to a culinary death sentence.
  • Dude Magnet: Her looks and status make her popular, but her fearsome reputation, bad temper and abuse of authority keep her isolated from those who may admire her.
  • Dynamic Character: When Erina was a child, while being very brutally honest, she still was a very cheerful girl with a kind heart. After Alice left for Denmark and Azami took over her education, she was shaped into a cruel elitist. It took her a long time to return to her original self, which starts with Joichiro inspiring her by showing her how fun cooking can be, and later supported by her grandfather and Hisako's friendship. It's not until she takes shelter at Polaris, befriends its tenants, realizes that Alice always loved her the whole time and Soma reminded her of Joichiro's cooking that she decides to actively oppose her father and fight to free Totsuki from him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Erina's first shot in the series is her tossing away a plate of food in disgust, effectively encapsulating her personality as a chef.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Nao is creepily obsessed with her and wants Erina to "scold her," and early on Hisako is also shown to be enthralled by her (although these elements are toned down to a normal friendship later on).
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • She steadily grows more disgusted by Azami's brutality and views towards cooking when he takes over Totsuki, leading to her sheer refusal to join Central and resigning from the Council of Ten to side with Soma and her friends.
    • She's also very upset that Mana is willing to oust her as dean of Totsuki by sabotaging the BLUE competition.
  • Evil Is Petty: While not necessarily evil, her attitude at the start of the series (at least until her Dark and Troubled Past is explored in full) doesn't give her a very good reputation: She's haughty, overly-critical, and tried to keep Soma from getting into the school solely because he made a common dish instead of trying to be fancy like all of the other applicants. Her multiple efforts to get him expelled after he still manages to get in also help with this, and she makes a habit of beating down clubs that she finds unnecessary in order to make food labs. She has at least five.
  • Fangirl: She sees Joichiro as her role model because he inspired her to start cooking.
  • Fish out of Water: Because of her sheltered background, Erina has difficulty in living the life outside a prestigious family, not even knowing how to operate a washing machine. An extra shows Megumi teaching her how to operate the machine.
  • Foil: To two characters.
    • Soma — As one of his most prominent rivals, Erina embodies the complete opposite of everything he stands for. Where he values experimentation and culinary diversity, she values only perfection and gourmet food. Their contrast becomes more prominent following Stagiaire Month: where Erina expands her influence by strong-arming Research Societies she thinks aren't useful into challenging her to losing shokugekis, Soma does so through hard work and attracting enough attention from his peers and upperclassmen, enough to earn shokugekis. This also extends to both their upbringing and relationship with their fathers: where Soma naturally cultivated his talent through observing, emulating and challenging Joichiro, which nevertheless developed a genuine bond between them, Erina was forced by Azami to develop her God's Tongue in a way that, while made her one of the best (if not the best) chefs of her generation, left her psychologically scarred and her relationship with her father being built on fear and control.
    • Megumi — A subdued example compared to that with Soma (more so after they became amicable following their Stagiaire Week pairing), but the contrast still exists. In terms of cooking, Erina specializes in technical and elegant Western dishes with powerful impact, whereas Megumi does so with down-to-earth and homely Japanese dishes with a soothing effect. And when it comes to Soma himself, Megumi practically idolizes him while Erina considers him to be low class and borderline trashy despite acknowledging his talents.
  • Freak Out!: Has a bit of a minor one when she discovers that Soma is the son of her idol, Joichiro, and is unable to do anything but reminisce all the harsh things she said to Soma and realize that she has been insulting the ideals of someone she admired before passing out.
  • Freudian Excuse: While part of it has to do with her genuine desire to emulate and please her idol, Joichiro, much of Erina's obsession with culinary perfection is the result of Azami's abusive parenting and training.
  • Friendless Background: There are two reasons for this. One, Erina's father isolated her to prevent her from getting too close to anyone but him. Two, people intentionally kept their distance, viewing Erina as superior. The latter is the reason why Hisako always stood behind Erina, and why Alice left for Denmark to close the gap between their culinary skills. Alice was asked to write letters to Erina to stay in touch, but Erina was never able to read any of the letters and write back to Alice, as Azami tore them apart before Erina was able to read them.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: During her first interaction with the Polaris residents, she confronts Soma about the fact that Hisako seems to have become more friendly to him.
  • Hair Flip: Tends to do this when she gets on her high horse.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While she can be stern and condescending, she's genuinely kind towards those closest to her, particularly Hisako, her best friend. Post-Heel–Face Turn, she acts this way to the entire Polaris Dorm, going the extra mile to prepare them for the Regiment de Cuisine and doing her best to ensure their victory.
  • Having a Blast: Her Nakiri pulse manifests that way if she ever eats anything delicious. The only time this happens in the manga is when she tastes Soma's eggs benedict tempura dish. Her pulse blasts an entire wall and causes the building to rumble, an unprecedented event within the Nakiri family.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Once Azami returns and announces his intent to return her to her "training," she flees to the Polaris dorm. While she gets along with everyone in the dorm, she also is shown to lose most of her defining personality characteristics and is often shown looking sad or even sitting alone in dark rooms. Eventually Soma snaps her out of it by trying to replicate Joichiro's inventive cooking style.
    • A more comical one occurs when she finds out Soma is Jouichiro's son. She instantly remembers how badly she treated Soma and she goes blank for a few moments.
    • Similarly goes blank faced and even passes out when she hears Jouichiro's adopted son Asahi declaring Erina will be his wife, and Jouichiro's blood-related son Soma shooting back that Erina is his.
    • She suffers a darker one bordering on Despair Event Horizon during the BLUE arc. She had recklessly agreed to marry Asahi if she loses to him. Reality dawns on her when she sees Asahi effortlessly trouncing chefs in the tournament. To further complicate the issue, the Bookmaster is revealed to be her estranged mother, unravelling the bitter emotions. Erina loses her will to win and believes that marrying Asahi would resolve her mother's issues. She also tells Soma she wants to see him lose to Asahi because Soma lacks a superhuman ability. Obviously, Soma is irked with her depressing attitude and storms off. The next day, Soma defeats Asahi.
    • After Soma is all set to clash against her in the finals, Erina is still in despair, given the impossible task. Her mother, Mana covets a dish of other-worldy standards which she herself has failed to accomplish for several years. Even other chefs have deemed this task to be hopelessly impossible. And in the finals, Erina has to craft such a dish in a span of three hours. The poor girl starts crying in the middle of the match, convinced that she would eventually be doomed to her mother's pitiful existence. Soma tries to snap her out of it.
  • Honorary True Companion: After taking shelter at the Polaris Dorm and getting to know all of them, even to appreciate Soma, Erina vows to make all of them pass the promotion exams and preserve the freedom in their cooking styles. She even makes the Aldini brothers and Ikumi join her lectures. The residents immediately embraced her with open arms once they were told about how her father treated her.
  • Hot Teacher: She dresses in a provocative teacher costume when she trains the Rebels for the promotion exams. Yuuki points out she chose a rather sexy get-up.
  • Hypocrite: Erina rejects Soma's cooking partly because she deems his commoner-grade skills unbecoming of such an elite institution as Totsuki. However, despite its fierce reputation, it seems as though instruction and even competition with "normal" dishes is actually quite common at Totsuki. However, she is either unaware of or refuses to admit the fact that the origins of many of the dishes used throughout the story can be traced back to similar roots. At one point, she criticizes Soma for being unaware that the bento is becoming more popular worldwide, ignoring its origins as a simple low-class lunchbox. Such foods are actually something of a theme throughout the tournament assignments, which makes her specific criticism come off as either pettiness or ignorance.
    • She finds the idea of romance beneath her, but enjoys reading Shoujo Manga.
  • Ice Queen: Erina loathes showing any emotion besides anger or disdain, yet quietly expresses jealousy to Alice for her ability to freely cry after losing to Soma, and only in Megumi's presence was she able to show her distress over Hisako's sudden absence. During the festival she's shown to have mellowed out at least a little, showing concern over the poor showing by Alice, Hayama, Kurokiba, Soma and Tadokoro (ostensibly because they were finalists of the Autumn Election) during the Full Moon Banquet and then backtracking when Tadokoro gets upset by her scolding.
    • Lampshaded during the BLUE arc when Erina regresses into someone even worse than she originally was. Megumi believes it is being caused by her issues with her mother and Asahi's creepy propensity.
  • Implausible Deniability: In the final chapter, she tastes Soma's dish and calls it disgusting... even though the dish activated her Nakiri pulse for the first time and blasted an entire wall, an undeniable proof that she found it extremely delicious. This is a historic event even for the Nakiri family.
  • Improbable Age: She's paid enormous consultation fees just to test new dishes by various restaurants, something she's been doing for years. She's also already a culinary celebrity at age fifteen. Taken even further later on when after her Dad has been removed from his position, she succeeds him as the dean of the School.
  • Informed Ability: She is rarely shown to actually cook anything. The vast majority of her characterization focuses on her supernatural sense of taste and not her actual ability to cook. However, she's a member of the Council of Ten and the few times her cooking is shown, people tend to gush over it. She proves her pedigree when she crushes Momo Akanegakubo, the best patissier at Totsuki, 3-0 in a Shokugeki of sweets after being inspired by Megumi's dorayaki in the latter's battle against Momo in the previous round.
    • Twice during the training camp; she's shown to have beaten Soma to 50 plates (and long before him if she is just getting out of the bath just before he enters), and having the highest tally of buffet plates at over 400 (with a goal of 200).
    • She utterly crushes Eishi's and Rindō's dishes and surpasses Sōma's own dish on the final round of the Regiment dé Cuisine. While Azami vainly rejects Erina's dish, it triggers Azami's bestowal on a far greater scale than that of Eishi and Sōma.
    • Taken to its logical extreme in the epilogue. The first chapter reveals she won at the BLUE, but not what kind of dish she made to beat Soma.
  • Insufferable Genius: Erina really is a great cook. She's just completely obnoxious to people she considers below her. Right after Soma gets done teasing her, he realizes that not only did she beat him to serving fifty meals, but she beat him by such a wide margin that she was completely finished cleaning up and leaving the bath by the time he was just getting to it. She is also able to tell you how long you overcooked your food to the second before going on a tirade on just how to make the food better while she is tearing down your shop for another one of her food labs!
  • Invincible Heroine: Throughout the series Erina remains undefeated, because she has the God Tongue. She can easily defeat Eishi, Rindo and Momo. In spite her despair in the BLUE finals, she defeats Soma and wins BLUE.
  • Irony:
    • Initially, Erina kept looking down on Soma for his humble background and had a sadistic desire to expel him from Totsuki. After the events of the Regiment de Cuisine, Erina appoints him as the First Seat of the Council of Ten. Later, when Soma leaves Totsuki, Erina not only refuses to expel him, she is actually furious that he is ignoring her emails. She revised Totsuki's policies to welcome promising candidates from humble backgrounds and also incorporated culinary themes geared towards diners.
    • She looked down on Sōma, calling his dish at the entrance exam disgusting. She disapproves of his Cordon Bleugh Chef tendencies. Later during the finale of the Team Shokugeki, Erina takes one of Sōma's disgusting dishes and adds the aspic he used in the entrance exam to create her winning dish. She uses Soma's catchphrase and wins the match.
  • It Runs in the Family: Azami, Erina and Senzaemon all seem to hold Jouichiro in especially high regard.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Erina's criticism of dishes she's served almost always comes off in a jerkass way, complete with absurd metaphors such as comparing a flawed dish's flavor as being similar to being in a mixed bath with a Western Lowland Gorilla. However, while she doesn't pull punches, she's completely accurate and only trying to help in her own way. For example, even when she's actively being antagonistic and telling Soma the various reasons he's going to fail out, she's actually making astute observations about some of the flaws of his cooking. For example, in the buffet challenge, she notes that he chose the worst possible dish — which turns out to be true because it couldn't be left on the buffet but had to be served immediately. Later on, during the runoff to the Autumn Election semifinals, Soma gets Erina to try his dish and give him a critique. She says very little about the dish other than saying Soma completely failed to understand the point of the assignment. While Mitsuru thinks Erina's just being a jerk, Soma interprets her vague comment as a clue that there's a fundamental flaw in his approach.
  • Jerkass Realization: Several times. Early on, Soma explains that he benefited from the experience of failing. To her, it sounded like he wasn't taking things seriously enough when in reality he absolutely hates to lose. When she sees him combine two of his failures into a dish that scores him 93 points, she realizes that his previous failures only made him more determined to fix his prior mistakes, so he worked on them until they became a completed dish worthy of being served on a grand stage. A more dramatic moment occurs when Erina learns that Soma's father is none other than Jouichiro Saiba, the only chef she ever admired. The realization of how disdainful she had acted towards her idol's son, who has the exact same cooking method, sends her into a (comical) daze for days.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, Erina is openly hostile to Soma (although he fails to recognize it) and is initially shown hoping he will be expelled or even actively trying to get him expelled. Erina is also shown to be completely merciless to those she deems unworthy of Totsuki or anyone who serves her a dish that's below her ridiculously high standards. On the other hand, once she warms up to people, she's very caring and mostly friendly, even if she is still stern and brutally honest about their cooking. She also won't tolerate abuse of power like Azami becoming the Dean of Totsuki and expelling her friends.
  • The Leader: To La Résistance formed by the Polaris Dorm. She even gets compared to Joan of Arc.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She doesn't have many friends, so when Hisako leaves her side out of shame after losing to Akira, she gets really depressed. It didn't help that Azami blocked off all communication between her and Alice when they were kids while he was brainwashing/abusing her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is beautiful and has many panels of her most intense foodgasms showing her in the nude, with some shadows to cover her modesty. She is also once shown in her underwear, a bikini that flaunts her figure as well as wearing a sports bra.
  • Neutral Female: Once Azami takes over Totsuki, she's pretty much relegated to a sad wreck, which is justified because of her father's stranglehold on her psyche. She is completely unable to oppose him and it took Alice, Ryou and Hisako to remove her from her residence and get her to run away with them and, even then, she was on the verge of going back until she was taken in at the Polaris Dorm. Since then, she's more or less lingered in the background and Forced to Watch. After being called out on this trope by Alice, and Soma's cooking reminding her of her lost passion for cooking, she starts actively helping the Polaris dorm take a stand against Central. She later gets better to the point that she flat-out tells him that she'll relinquish her seat.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Played with. Early on, Hisako does worship Erina and even somehow convinces herself that Erina being an immature sore loser is a mark of greatness, but Soma convinces her to relax and just be Erina's friend.
  • No Social Skills: At one point, while complaining to Soma about his narrow-minded view of cooking, he completely ignores everything she has to say just to point out that she is really hard to talk to despite his own ability to get along with others. She doesn't have any friends, only an assistant that worships her and a cousin that likes making fun of her. Her poor social skills are a result of Azami intentionally isolating her as a child to have more control over her, including destroying letters to and from Alice, the closest thing she had to a friend.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: In Chapter 204, when Azami threatens her one too many times, she leaves the Council of Ten.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being a prodigy in the Culinary World, Erina is far from being mature herself, as she loses her composure whenever Soma is mentioned, pouting, refusing to talk to him or even apply basic manners around him. She's also not above doing something as childish as playing Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide a serious outcome.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops this with the entirety of the Polaris Dorm, she is even capable of having a completely civil and friendly conversation with Yukihira when she wants to. She gets particularly close to Megumi who even lampshades never thinking they could be friends before.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • This is her reaction at the end of Chapter 131 when Azami barges in on her stall at the final day of the Full Moon Banquet. Also, a comical one 20 chapters later when she learns that Joichiro is Soma's dad.
    • She's utterly shocked out of her mind when Asahi Saiba defeats Eishi Tsukasa in BLUE. Soma immediately notices it.
  • Ojou: "Erina-sama" is beautiful, rich, arrogant, and worshiped by pretty much everyone (other than Soma and Alice).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It should tell you something about her father when she's visibly terrified and submissive towards him.
  • Opt Out: She leaves the Council of Ten to side with Soma and his friends in the Regiment de Cuisine.
  • Orcus On Her Throne: At the start of the series, she relies on conniving and throwing well-known students loyal to her at Soma to try and get him expelled even though she probably could have simply challenged him to a Shokugeki and won herself. She lampshades this trope during her battle with Momo, saying that she wasn't going to be the kind of queen who sits pretty on her throne after shedding her previously close-minded culinary ideology.
  • Out of Focus: For most of the first half of the series, she doesn't get much screen time despite being set up as a main character. Even her assistant Hisako gets more focused on than her for a while. Lampshaded in an omake during the Fall Classic arc where she's dismayed to learn she's not going to appear very much due to her duties on the Council of Ten (although she ends up showing up roughly as much as she did before and after). This changes once her father appears, which causes her backstory to come to light and sets her Character Development in motion.
  • Parental Abandonment: Erina is still haunted about the reality that her mother abandoned her and the Nakiri family. She grieves over the truth that deep down, her mother never loved her.
  • The Perfectionist: She considers the idea of any kind of failure or struggle abhorrent. The idea that Soma actually learns from failure even if he doesn't like it repulses her. To her, a true master can never fail. However, it's rather telling that she seems to look up to Joichiro because she believes him to be similarly obsessed with victory, unaware of how different he is in real life.
  • Pet the Dog: At the end of their Stagiaire together, she gives Tadokoro a ride home, during which they have a relatively normal conversation. Although Tadokoro (who has an extreme fear of authority figures) is concerned that Erina will look down on her, it's shown that Erina respects Tadokoro's abilities and expresses confusion that someone of Tadokoro's talent had previously achieved so little in the academy. During the same conversation she's also shown to be quite lonely without Hisako due to the latter's departure after losing to Akira. Erina apparently doesn't mind that her friend lost, contrary to her normal perfectionist attitude.
  • Picky Eater: Erina's defining characteristic and her ultimate "weapon" in the cooking world, to the point she is famous even as a young child. Indeed, her first words when she was an infant were to criticize her mother's breast milk. Comes with a Red Baron nickname, the "Divine Tongue." She is so demanding that potential Totsuki applicants will skip the entrance exam rather than have her criticize them because of the risk her criticism will follow them. This becomes a source of despair because her sense of taste is so discerning that, as a young child, she began to realize that every dish she tried, even those labeled as "gourmet" were seriously flawed.
  • Pride: She lives by pride and refuses to admit that she's wrong or ever back down from an opinion she arrived at without thinking. It's hinted that she doesn't really like being this way sometimes, envying Alice for her ability to openly express her frustration after losing to Soma at the Autumn Election quarterfinals. She can also be a bit of a sore loser and doesn't like to be seen getting worked up or upset. This eventually becomes a flaw when she recklessly accepted Asahi Saiba's challenge to a duel for her hand in marriage. She has a moment of utter shock when Asahi effortless curb-stomps Eishi.
  • The Proud Elite: Erina looks down on everyone she considers to have lower social status or cooking talent, which makes Soma the main target of her disdain. This is because of her family's name and her status as a member of the Council, which also gives her a reputation as unapproachable. Unknown to most, she secretly wants real friends (at the start of the series Hisako is her only friend, but the relationship is on less equal terms than Erina would actually like) and also does recognize talented people without being condescending (like giving proper praise to Tadokoro, ignoring her past bad grades).
  • Raised by Grandparents: Erina's father Azami has been absent for ten years and her mother is disdainful of her. During that time, her grandfather Senzaemon was her only legal guardian.
  • Rank Up: Becomes the Dean of the school at the behest of Soma and her grandfather after she's finally free of her father's influence.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist. It gets even longer after the time skip. In the epilogue, she cuts off her hair, barely reaching her shoulders.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Erina tries to give one to Soma after he makes his Badass Boast at the opening ceremony. It turns into an Insult Backfire when Soma counters her claim that most applicants received gifted middle-school education by the fact that he essentially grew up in a kitchen. She tries to give him these speeches several more times, but they never have their intended effect.
    • She also gives a minor one to Azami after she announces that she's leaving the Council of Ten.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even after she took over the management in Excellent, she makes the head chef, who had a prejudice against students, listen to Megumi's suggestion, which turns to be a needed work improvement.
  • Red Baron: Her nickname is the "Divine Tongue," due to her exceptionally refined palate.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: During the Beach Episode, Erina's wearing a hoodie to cover the bikini Alice makes her wear to the pool. Outside of the "orgasmic eating" panels, Erina dresses properly in her school uniform. After she leaves the family manor, she wears a simple, demure dress. Goes from "reluctant" to "Innocent Fanservice Girl" once she gives a lecture to the Polaris students dressed in a Hot Teacher's cosplay (for no real reason, as it's an informal study session).
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She is very new to lower-class amenities like public pools or "casual dating" and doesn't even know how to shop for shoujo mangas by herself, leaving the "mundane" duties (like operating a standard household washing machine) to Hisako to do for her.
    Erina: Hisako, do you know how to operate a washing machine?
    Hisako: A washing machine? Well... Yes. Of course.
    Erina: Oh... That's amazing.
  • The Rival: Soma is determined to have a competition with her one day as well as make her admit that he makes good food. In turn, Erina is initially determined to crush Soma due to his perceived lack of respect (ironically, while he really did treat her with disrespect at their first meeting due in part to Erina's haughtiness, it's readily apparent that once he learns more about her he respects her abilities quite a bit). However, due to his affable nature, Soma isn't entirely aware of the degree to which Erina claims to dislike him and simply attributes her Jerkass behavior to Erina being hard to get along with. Even after she mellows out towards him, she still won't tell him anything he makes is good (which just makes him try harder).
    Soma: Wait for it. I'll make you clearly say "It's good" with that mouth of yours! I'll exhaust my cooking to its limits!
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Many of her interactions with Hisako (particularly early in the series) can be seen like this, as Hisako gets excited with the prospect of tasting her cooking or worships everything Erina does. As the characters develop, its later shown to be a more traditional friendship, despite Hisako's continued hero worship of Erina and her family.
  • Rousing Speech: She officially makes her stand against her father's principles after tasting Soma's classic Yukihira food, inspiring the Polaris Dorm students to give the Promotion Exams their all, reminding them that their biggest quality is how free their cooking is.
  • Rubber Face: Afer winning the Regiment de Cuisine, Erina pulls Soma's cheeks too hard to punish him for throwing away all her strategy at the last minute. She forgives him though.
  • The Runaway: In Chapter 137, Alice managed to convince her to run away from her father.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Despite her talent, Erina has little in the way of social skills. Having never taken the time to enjoy her youth (Alice had to coax her to go to a public pool, a place she's never set foot in; case in point, she complains it doesn't have hair dryers), she also finds the concept of romance beneath her, which Alice calls her out on, considering she's now in high school.
  • School Idol: She has the biggest following over most of the school and has many admirers, both male and female (despite the fact they are all too intimidated to act on it) and she's currently the most talented of the freshmen.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When Azami attempts to persuade her to join him in fighting against Soma, she objects and tells him that she's resigning from the Council of Ten.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A heroic example. In chapter 204, Azami attempts to convince Erina to join his side against her friends. But Erina flat-out tells her father that, after enduring enough of his abuse, she's ditching the Council of Ten to side with her friends.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She doesn't know how to shop for shoujo manga on her own, so she exchanges a consulting gig (worth a lot of money) with Soma for some volumes. She also finds the washing machine mysterious and amazing. This is also lampshaded by Alice several times, which comes off as comically hypocritical due to the fact the trope applies to Alice just as much as Erina, but Alice is oblivious of it.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In chapter 204, she flat-out tells Azami that she'll relinquish the Tenth Seat when the latter threatens her one too many times.
  • Sore Loser: Her pride keeps her from admitting that food of humble origins could possibly meet her high standards, having lived off the most expensive and elegant foods in the world her entire life. During Soma's entrance examination, she stated multiple times that his food was beneath her and could in no way satisfy her palate. When it does, she gives out an obvious lie rather than admit that she was wrong. Of course, Soma taunting her the entire time probably didn't help her mood either.
  • The Starscream: A heroic example. She does this to Azami when she resigns from the Council of Ten and helps the Rebels win the Regiment de Cuisine.
  • Stern Teacher: When preparing the Rebels for the promotion exams, she subjects them to a Training from Hell so bad that they still freak out when they remember it.
  • The Strategist: After fully defecting to the side of the Polaris Dorm, she lays out the battle plans for the Regiment de Cuisine in order to maximize the heroes' chance of success against Central, giving everyone extra classes on the fine points of cooking in order to capitalize on their strengths and cover their weaknesses.
  • Supreme Chef: Even by those standards, Erina is on a league of her own. She is easily the most gifted chef of her generation.
  • Talks Like a Simile: Her judging of food tends to skew towards very abstract and colorful comparisons.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Technically, obeying Azami is the "lawful" choice, but not the "good" one. Being a elite but moral student, Erina faces this dilemma when Azami returns. She chooses the side of "good" when Azami goes too far.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When Soma manages to convince her that her way of thinking about cooking is too narrow and that greatness doesn't have to come from obsessive perfectionism, she mellows out a great deal, stands up, takes charge and spends a week tutoring the Polaris students so that they won't fail out during the Promotion Exams. She even drags Soma into her lessons and states that she doesn't want him to fail out despite his taunts about her changed attitude.
  • Training from Hell: She underwent one as a child by Azami to cultivate her already incredibly refined palate.
  • Trauma Button: Her PTSD is triggered the moment she sees Azami returning to Totsuki.
  • Trophy Wife: Erina has the looks, the top talent, finest pedigree, wealth and a lofty status. Pretty much all the reasons why Asahi is interested in marrying her. Of course Erina herself objects to it.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe. Early on, her criticism of dishes is coached in bizarre metaphor:
    Erina: It tasted as if I were trying to enjoy a hot spring bath while a western lowland gorilla stared at me!
    One cook: Her sense of taste is completely different from us common mortals.
    Another: What does that even mean?!
  • Tsundere: Alice is one of her best friends, but they usually squabble, bicker and taunt each other when they're together because neither one wants to admit that they actually like each other. She has a lot of pride in general, which keeps her openly expressing a lot of her emotions apart from disdain or anger. After the events of chapter 172 she becomes a Tsundere type B towards Soma, quite clear after she made a "I believe in you" speech sound like a mild threat, going so far as to rush to his side to find out if he passed his third exams. She doesn't seem to mind if people know she cares about her friends, but dislikes being seen getting emotional about it.
    • Lampshaded in the final chapter by Soma, who believes she will remain like that for years.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Trained from an early age to cultivate her obvious gifts in taste sense. This takes a darker turn later on when its shown that much of this training by her father was a forcible attempt to brainwash her into parroting his elitist culinary philosophy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For Asahi when he tries to win the BLUE competition in hopes of winning her over.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While Erina is still compassionate and willing to help others, she showed it more often when she was younger. Her abusive father hardened her, unfortunately.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Alice and Erina butt heads frequently, but they get along quite well, which other people seem to notice. They seem to have been friendlier when they were children, but still fought quite a bit.
    • She is this to Soma as well. While she can get along well with him, Erina tries to keep a distance between them.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Erina has always admired Soma's father, Joichiro Saiba, ever since he cooked for her delicious and original meals she had never seen before. He's the role model that she continues trying to impress, in contrast to the chilly relationship she has with her biological father.
    • Soma points out that this extends to her mother, Mana as well. In the end, Erina gets both her wishes come true.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Soma and Erina's dynamic. Erina expects to intimidate Soma and treats him like a "commoner," but he never notices her disdain or even returns fire with taunts of his own. As a result, their typical interaction is Erina giving him "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Soma failing to notice her contempt and retorting with a boast of his own about how he plans to beat her.
  • When She Smiles:
    • When she opens the door of her house thinking Hisako has returned, she attends with a wide and cheerful smile, only to discover it was her arch-nemesis Soma and Mitsuru, who quickly gets a picture of her face, much to her embarrassment.
    • During the judging of the red-white battles, Erina tries to deny a compliment, only to become flustered when Soma and co. reassure her that she did a good job, noting how happy she looked while cooking.
    • In Chapter 278, she and Soma have a night chat at a balcony, and after trading some usual barbs, she lets out some giggles. Soma then remarks she looks very pretty when smiling, flustering her.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In the last chapter of the Manga, all of Soma's friends are loudly cheering for him, expecting Erina to finally acknowledge his cooking, only for her to call it disgusting. Even her mom is surprised. Erina wins BLUE, much to Soma's dismay.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: A non-fatal example occurs at the end of the Regiment de Cuisine when Erina succeeds Azami as Dean of Totsuki Academy after she and the rebels defeat Central.
  • Young and in Charge: Erina was appointed as the new Dean of Tōtsuki by Senzaemon and Sōma. She was sixteen at that time.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A. Her stockings are Tight High and black, unlike the other students who wear Grade D white socks. She may very well be on the way to a Grade S if her Tsundere tendencies are any indication.
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    Akira Hayama 

Akira Hayama

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Kregg Dailey (English)

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Assistant and adopted son of Jun, Akira is a young foreigner she met overseas as a kid, warning her of adultered spices. He specializes in curry dishes, with a wide knowledge in various spices and aroma.


  • The Ace: He has a high level of mastery when it comes to spices, seemingly greater than actual graduates. His sense of smell is also refined enough to make judges consider him a possible rival to Erina's "God's Tongue." However, his abilities don't stop there: He takes all his classes just as seriously, acing subjects that Jun failed as a student and quickly mastering Japanese. She's actually worried that he works too hard. Notably, he hadn't lost a single competition he's participated in prior to his third confrontation with Soma; at worst, he tied with Ryou in their semi-final match at the Autumn Elections.
  • Always Someone Better: The fact that he's lost to him twice really doesn't sit well with Soma until chapter 191 that is.
  • Ambiguously Brown: He has a Japanese name and is given flashbacks detailing how he used to live in another country (it's unclear if the market he was nearby was India or Thailand), since he identified Jun as a Japanese tourist. The anime strongly implies his Indian roots by giving him an appropriate Leitmotif. The reason he has a Japanese name however, is because he was an orphan with no name until Jun found him.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His attitude towards cooking is noted to be rather obsessive and Doujima wonders if he might be heading down the wrong path. However, he figures that so long as Ryou and Soma are around he'll probably be okay. When Azami takes over, however, he shows up as the temporary ninth seat of the Council of Ten, having supposedly discarded the Shiomi Seminar in order to advance his cooking. Subverted as it's revealed that he was blackmailed into joining. Despite this, Soma straight up tells Akira how disappointed he is because he gave up the Seminar that easily in exchange of an Council of Ten seat, despite having the skills to fight against Central like the others did.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How he acquired Council of Ten status. He defeated every other student in a Battle Royale for the spot, including most of the upperclassmen.
  • Badass Boast: He declares to Hisako that he is going to dethrone Erina from her seat. After beating her, Akira once again reaffirms his intention to be The Ace of Totsuki, telling her that her insistence on being Erina's Number Two became her undoing. That first boast would be proven true when he takes the 9th seat, making him officially outrank Erina as a first year.
  • Badass Bookworm: Not only does he ace every cooking subject, he also aces every non-cooking one, including geography, history, contemporary literature and math.
  • Badass in Distress: For most of the Regiment de Cuisine Arc, he is in cage with the expelled rebels. His expulsion is later revoked and is given the 4th Seat of the Council of Ten.
  • Badass Minds Think Alike: Soma and Akira make curry dishes for the Autumn Election preliminary using an aroma surprise factor. Also he, like Soma, aims for the top of the Council of Ten by using every last resource they have. In addition during their rematch during the exams they both opt to go for fried dishes in what is described as "an all or nothing attack"
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Even though Jun is a genius, she's still The Ditz and Akira is the mature one of the duo who takes care of her duties like attending guests, shopping, watering the plants or putting her Techno Babble into practical use. He even carries her to the couch when she sleeps on the floor in the middle of research.
  • Bishōnen: He's slim, long-haired and good on the eyes.
  • Blood Knight: When he feels challenged, such as during the semi-finals against Ryou, he becomes fiercely competitive, losing his "kingly dignity" and adopting a serious Psychotic Smirk.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Awkwardly quotes Soma's "Happy to Serve!" during the mid-term test after putting a smug student in his place by serving him the Council of Ten's Deluxe Yakisoba.
  • Bound and Gagged: The first shot of Chapter 90. Turns out he trained by being subjected to this (except he was blindfolded instead of gagged). Jun then gets that he was tied up so he wouldn't be able to recognize the spices by touching them.
  • Brutal Honesty: He usually scolds Jun whenever she is not behaving correctly or any random moments, such as calling her a "spice idiot" for having terrible grades in everything except cooking classes and completely failing to take care of any of her responsibilities on her own.
    • After he told Alice that she had to think more of the customers than whatever expensive experimental project she wanted to do, Ryou suggested that he needed to humor her whims. He refused outright, pointing out that their stand was doomed to failure if she didn't take it seriously. With Hayama scolding her, she actually does get serious for once.
  • Character Tics: Touches his nose with his index finger and is constantly holding and smelling spices like cinnamon.
  • Child Prodigy: At age 10, not long after being adopted, he quickly learned Japanese, being capable of having casual conversations. By the time he enrolled to Totsuki, he aced all the subjects, while also taking care of all his and Jun's chores without failing.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Discussed, then inverted. The combination of spices and their smells are the focal point of all his dishes, without exception. Following his tie in the semi-finals of the Autumn Election, Akira is called out as a "one-trick pony" by Ryo. Akira does not take this well. He then proceeds to refine his talents further though, rather than branch out. As a result, when he wins in the finals, it's because "the face of the chef" was most apparent in his dish. In other words, his unique mastery of a single skill made him stand out more against his more well-rounded opponents.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: His hair is white rather than blond, but his skintone clearly defines his non-Japanese (presumably Indian) heritage.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Seems to finally let go of his haughty attitude toward Soma after losing to him in their third confrontation. This also makes him appreciate Alice and Ryou as well.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When Soma and the others see Akira again and learn that he has joined central, he no longer ties his hair and is wearing a Badass Longcoat and the Central badge. After he joins Alice and the other rebels, he ties his hair, showing that he's part of the group again.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He leaves the Shiomi Seminar, and joins Central, with clear intent to get rid of Soma and his allies. It's later revealed that he was blackmailed by Azami into joining.
  • Fatal Flaw: While Dojima gave hints of this during the Autumn Election, they finally come to play during the Promotion Exams. Azami takes advantage of his devotion towards Jun to manipulate him into joining Central, knowing that his need to protect her work would make him accept Central without even ask her. And also his distrust of others outside the seminar isolated himself from asking help to Soma or the others before taking Central as the only option.
  • First-Name Basis: He calls Jun by her first name, despite the latter's protests.
  • Foil:
    • To Jun — Both are experts in spices, but where the latter is naive, ditzy, easily angered, dependent and is content with theoretical knowledge, he is mature, reliable, cool-headed and has a more hands-on approach to spices.
    • To Ryou — Both were rescued from bad environments when they were children by women associated to Totsuki. While Ryou is more aggressive and wants to win because of his competitive nature, Akira is motivated by his loyalty to Jun.
    • To Soma — Soma's father tries to impart a lesson about the Power of Love as the secret to improving Soma's cooking to no avail, while Akira is already explicitly motivated by his loyalty and implied affection for Jun. By the time of the Promotion Exams, Akira is a lone wolf who refuses to get help from anyone except for Jun's (which greatly tampers with his game the moment he distances from her), while Soma is constantly improving because he always develops his cooking with and for his friends.
  • Forced into Evil: Despite his arrogant and cold demeanor towards Soma, he isn't happy at all to be part of the Council of Ten because he got there by being blackmailed with Jun's research in Azami's hands.
  • Friendly Rivalry: After winning the Autumn Election, he and Soma start getting along pretty well. Both he and Ryou often come over to his place so the three can compete in cooking, much to Akira's annoyance. However, that small friendship had likely been spoiled with Akira's defection to Central. Only this is Soma we're talking about: Soma immediately promises to ask Fumio to let them stay in the dorm (too bad Central expels anyone who loses to mere "Rebel").
  • The Gift: He has an extraordinary sense of smell, which people think might give him potential close to that of Erina. With just this, he has a mastery of spices apparently superior to the actual Totsuki alumni and already has the same level of ability to pick out the best ingredients as Ryou, who has been working with seafood since he was a child.
  • Happily Adopted: Jun rescued him from the streets, gave him a home in Japan and the head of the Hayama Seminar gave him his new name and became his godfather. In exchange for all this, Akira is determined to be the very best for her. For her part, she's worried that he pushes himself too hard.
  • I Owe You My Life: Akira feels that he owes everything to Jun, since she gave him a home, a real family and a new purpose in life.
  • I Work Alone: He is rarely seen with anyone of his age, since he spends much of his time working by himself at the Shiomi Seminar. After the Autumn Election, he unwillingly has Soma and Ryou frequent his (and Jun's) house, constantly trying to shoo them away or reminding them that they lost to him. It gets worse when Alice (and Ryou) forces herself into his own Full Moon Banquet stand, and his objections are overridden by Jun, who's excited at the prospects of him finally having friends of his age.
    • This ties into his loss to Soma during the "Revenge match". Akira went at it completely alone, not even having Jun around to ask for advice and ideas. Soma, on the other hand, was able to gain the help of Kuga's subordinates, as well as a professional hunter to help gather rare ingredients.
  • Insufferable Genius: Frequently boasts about how awesome his nose is and how great he is at cooking. It's a way of putting pressure on himself, but it's also pretty annoying, especially to Ryou.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Azami shut down the Shiomi Seminar, Akira decided to join Central rather than the Rebels, figuring that was his only way to protect Jun.
  • Leitmotif: In the anime, Akira always has a Hindi-style music when presenting his dishes.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He ties his hair in a ponytail whenever he's about to cook.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has white hair that reaches his shoulders. He untied his hair when verbally challenging Soma once the Autumn Election was announced.
  • Meaningful Name: Since he didn't have a name before being adopted, Jun and the head of the Hayama Seminar gave him the name "Akira", which means "Gift", because they saw his smell sense as a gift for the culinary world.
  • Momma's Boy: Everything Akira does is for the sake of his adoptive mother, Jun.
  • Never Given a Name: The reason Akira Hayama has a Japanese name despite being from an unknown South Asian nation is that he was a nameless orphan before being adopted by Jun in late childhood.
  • The Nose Knows: His nose is very sharp when it comes to spices. He can identify ingredients and grade of cooking by the first smell. This ability equals to those of Erina's God's Tongue.
  • Not So Stoic: Even though he keeps relatively calm and cool most of the time, one passing student could note his Tranquil Fury aura, and also after he was declared winner of the Autumn Election the audience were quick to note that his spontaneous hug to Jun came out of nowhere.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He managed to beat several 3rd year Central members in a battle royale to claim one of the empty Council of Ten seats.
  • Only Sane Man: To both Alice and Ryou during the Full Moon Banquet, due to the former putting their Shiomi Seminar stall in the red with her capriciousness and the latter passively going along with her ideas. On the morning of the fourth day he warns Alice that either she gives up overdoing the dishes or they won't recover their debts (and risk getting themselves and Ryou expelled).
  • Out of Focus: He's been mysteriously absent ever since Azami Nakiri took over as the new director. Which is jarring considering one of Azami's reforms made it so that all seminar groups, including Jun's, would be shut down which is an event you'd expect him to have a prominent role in. But with his turn to Central revealed, that might explain his lack of participation in the Survivor's Hunt.
  • Rank Up: He becomes the 9th Seat of the Council of Ten Masters after being blackmailed by Azami into joining Central. His position is revoked after he lost to Soma and is subsequently expelled. After the Regiment De Cuisune however, he rejoins, this time as the 4th Seat.
  • Refusal of the Call: Hayama was nominated for the BLUE competition but he rejected it. He disdained WGO's belief in "superpowers" and he was also aware he stood no chance against Soma's resilient energy.
  • The Rival: During the Autumn Election arc, he has been built up as one of Soma's major rivals, even surpassing Soma and Ryou in the preliminaries. Come the finals, he's developed an even more fierce rivalry towards Ryou.
  • Rival Turned Evil: He shows up in the exams as one of the provisional Council of Ten, having apparently discarded the Shiomi seminar in pursuit of his ambition. While it's revealed that he didn't choose Central by free choice, Soma accuses him of not fighting to protect the seminar from the beginning.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He's much more down-to-earth than the childishly excitable Jun. He falls in this role again after being paired with the energetic Alice (with Ryou remaining neutral).
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Chides Hisako for being content with being Erina's second, meaning she'll never truly strive to reach the peak of her ability. He also uses this as an insult to both Soma and Ryou whenever he wants to provoke them.
    • Ironically gets it thrown back at him during his re-match with Soma when he's told that he lost sight of what he was cooking for and let his previous victory stifle his talent, whereas Soma constantly keeps looking for ways to improve his cooking.
  • Straight Man: To Jun, since he is more focused and down to earth compared to her. During the Full Moon Banquet he also has to curb Alice's capriciousness, especially after she ended up plunging their booth into debt.
  • Street Smart: He knows from early age how the spice market works and how the store owners scam tourists with low-grade spices.
  • Talented, but Trained: Hayama used his marvellous sense of smell to do nothing more than piss off spice vendors in his youth, and only came into his own as a culinary powerhouse after receiving extensive training and education at Totsuki. Even knowing that his talent and training place him a cut above nearly every cook in the world, he nonetheless refuses to stop developing his skills.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Has dark skin and his chef uniform is black. Also add his mysterious aura and fierce competitive streak. When referring to him, a lady at the fish market described him as "The dark skinned handsome guy".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He wasn't thrilled when Alice and Ryou took over his stall at the Full Moon Banquet and kept bickering with her on who was really in charge.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already amazing, of course, but during the Central Eliminations, he curb-stomped third-years with seemingly ease, and Dojima talks about him as if he was a whole new man. Then after the Regiment de Cuisune, he earns the 4th seat of the Council of Ten, which is five whole ranks up from when he was with Central.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his defeat against Soma and his Heel Realization, Akira realizes that he didn't value Soma and the others as real friends and also that he took Jun for granted at some point. By the time he reunites again with the rebels, he still feels bad for betraying them. Post timeskip, he can be seen hanging out with Ryou and Alice and has a way of looking rather dorky.
  • Tranquil Fury: While Soma calls him out for trying to appear cool after tying up in the semi-finals and Ryou calls him a one-trick pony for depending only on spices, a bystander perceives all his bottled up anger as he walks through the hallway.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Natsume offers him a high-paying position in her company, he declines, declaring his loyalty to no one but Jun.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Even though Jun is his adoptive mother, she is aware that Akira is taking care of her instead and feels like she's not giving him enough. Akira disagrees and, while he scolds her for only focusing on her studies and her occasionally childish behaviour, he appreciates that she changed his life.
  • When He Smiles: He cannot help but give a gentle grin after seeing Alice taking the Full Moon Banquet seriously (and coming up with a compromise that incorporates both their ideas for the Shiomi Seminar stall), in the process fixing the financial damage she inadvertently caused to the booth for its first few days.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • He gets this from Soma when the latter called him out for not considering fighting for Jun and instead opted to jump into Central's wagon. Given that Akira had currently the best ranking between all of them, and both Soma and Ryou defeated Central in their own fields, Soma's anger at him is understandable.
    • Jun likewise gives him one figuring that even if Azami had gave his word, he wouldn't be trustworthy enough to keep it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Like many talented students at Tōtsuki, Hayama respects Soma for his Determinator attitude. Hayama calls him the undisputed leader of the 92nd Generation and decides to forgo his participation at BLUE because he didn't stand a chance against Soma.

    Ryou Kurokiba 

Ryou Kurokiba

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)

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Alice's laid-back assistant, the scraggily-looking Ryou follows her everywhere and does what she asks. On occasion, Ryou becomes an entirely different person when he wears his bandana. His speciality is seafood cooking.


  • Animal Motifs: Any kind of feral animal, such as a dog or a tiger, due to his aggressive nature.
  • Badass in Distress: He spends most of his time during the Régiment de Cuisine in a cage along with the other rebels taken out by Central's Council of Ten during the Promotion Exams.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: His personality changes radically once he puts the bandana on, giving him a fierce look and aggressive character.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Ryou is shown to be more reasonable and mature than Alice, but he still goes along with every whim of hers, even when it transpired that he's a much better cook than his employer.
  • Berserk Button: It turns out that it was him who challenged Rentarou to a Shokugeki, not Alice, because Rentarou insulted them by calling them "Small-Fry cooks". It was enough to make him flip into "Berserk Mode" in a blink.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: When he was a kid, he was really bratty and disrespected even adults.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to Erina, he only did a passable effort at classes, which was why she was surprised by his performance in the Autumn Election.
  • Character Development: He starts off as an arrogant child-chef consumed with power, but is humbled by Alice, choosing to lower himself to her aide to develop himself as a chef. He retains his lust for power and arrogance, but is again humbled by Akira, which causes him to reevaluate his cooking style and incorporate more dimensions to his dishes aside from just overwhelming flavor.
  • Child Prodigy: He was a chef even as a kid, and he commanded the adult sous chefs what they have to do. In his own words, the owner gave the whole responsibility to him.
  • Color Motifs: His colors are black and red. His hair and cooking uniform are black, while his eyes and bandana are red. His personality is neutral on regular basis, and changes into fiery and aggressive the second he puts his bandana on. Also his last name starts with "Kuro", the kanji for "Black".
  • The Comically Serious: Whenever he is with Alice and without his bandana, he tends to clarify details to her and take her whining with a neutral face.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: He has black marks under his eyes (might be eyebags) in contrast to his red eyes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When his name was first listed among the Autumn Election candidates, almost nobody knew who he was. Even Erina is surprised because, while she does know him, it was as the quiet outlier with above-average but hardly stellar grades. As the tournament went on, however, he proved himself a force to be reckoned with — he was the very first candidate to score very high marks on the preliminaries in many years (and on the ridiculously tough Block A, even), crushed Megumi in the quarterfinals, and performs on an even keel with eventual winner Akira and co-runner-up Soma.
  • Defeat Means Respect: In flashbacks, it's revealed that Ryou didn't have any respect towards Alice when they met, calling her a Spoiled Brat to her face. After many defeats against her, Ryou started to treat Alice as "milady" (Alice-ojou) and agreed to be her assistant.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared at the opening ceremonies and training camp, but isn't formally introduced until the Autumn Election.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Like Hisako's case, until the Autumn Election, Ryou was simply "Alice's assistant" and had No Name Given.
    • He himself also only bothers to call those he considers Worthy Opponents, such as Soma and Megumi, by name. Others are just "Girl", "Spice Boy", etc.
  • Extreme Doormat: Without his bandana, Ryou simply lets Alice do as she pleases, for better or worse. This is exemplified during the Full Moon Banquet, where he went along with Alice, even as she is plunging Akira's stall into the red with her capriciousness, to the point that he tells Akira, who was scolding her for her immaturity, to simply flatter her.
  • Face of a Thug: Invoked by Alice. She wants him to be her scary muscle so that she can look more intimidating to other students.
  • Foil
    • While Megumi focuses on heart and hospitality to soothe her guests, Ryou uses an overwhelming style based on sheer impact to incite craving for more. He scoffs at her weak style, saying she'll never reach true mastery like that. The difference lies in their upbringing: Megumi was raised in a warm, supportive environment surrounded by people who wanted what was best for her while Ryou grew up in a harsh seaside town among sailors with cooks who would have loved nothing more than to drive him out into the streets.
    • Both he and Soma come from humble restaurants for the masses, but where Soma lives in a friendly neighborhood where he is free to learn from mistakes, Ryou came from a restaurant with a Social Darwinist tinge; also, both have a habit of wearing pieces of cloth whenever they get serious. While Soma's headband is tied on his left arm, Ryou's headband is tied on his right arm.
    • Ryou's black color motif visually clashes with Alice's white, and their respective personalities of aloof but fierce, and friendly but childish are constantly juxtaposed.
    • Also with Akira. Both were rescued from bad environments when they were children by women associated to Totsuki. While Ryou is more aggressive and wants to win because of his competitive nature, Akira is motivated by his loyalty to Jun.
    • To Hisako. Both are assistants to the Nakiri cousins and follow all their orders, but while Ryou is motivated by his competitive drive and keeps surpassing Alice, Hisako follows Erina to be close with her, but without trying to surpass her, with their relation eventually changing to equals in the friendship.
    • Most recently to Rentarou. Both are Hot-Blooded and aggressive, but Rentarou is normally loud and goes into an almost meditative trance when cooking, which is completely opposite to Kurokiba. Rentarou considers himself a leader, Kurokiba seems content to be Alice's aide. Where Kurokiba is loyal and quiet, Rentarou is opportunistic and smug.
  • Freudian Excuse: A flashback shows the cooks in his restaurant used to bully him, to the point he had to toughen up.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Even though he was so adamant to defeat them in the Autumn Election, Ryou is seen to be hanging out with both Soma and Akira, and is seemingly getting along with them just fine.
  • Game Face: Whenever he puts on his bandana, he gains a Slasher Smile and an incredibly fierce expression.
  • Guyliner: A frequent offender, Ryou is rarely seen with unpainted eyes.
  • Had To Be Sharp: The restaurant he worked in as a child had a strict survival-of-the-fittest environment where "useless" chefs are immediately laid off, driving Ryou to rise up the ranks of so merciless a kitchen.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even when talking to a judge he is rude and menacing, even to the point of screaming at Taki to eat his food and yelling at Sonoka to already decide for the winner of the match.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: On one hand, he essentially acts as Alice's butler and valet; on the other hand he is also implied to be better at cooking than Alice, after he lectures her following her loss to Soma in the first round of the Autumn Election alone.
  • Hypocrite: He accuses Akira of being a One-Trick Pony who only relies on his spices to win, yet he himself only relies on stacking up powerful flavors to beat his opponents into submission. When Rentarou calls him out on his one-dimensional way to cook in their Shokugeki, Ryou reveals the new-found depth in his dishes.
  • Irony: He lost to Hayama's knowledge of spice in the Autumn Elections. He ends up in a curry restaurant during his Stagiaire period and learns more about them as a result. It's also the reason he was able to win against Rentarou in their Shokugeki.
  • I Work Alone: He firmly believes every chef is on their own, as it's a constant competition of "eat or be eaten".
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Twice. First time when Alice was requesting him like a puppy, and the second time when Akira complains that Jun should serve him and Soma the cheap snacks instead of his good cookies.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Aggressive and confrontational as he is to the judges in the Autumn Election semifinals (in particular the submissive Sonoka), he’s right. It’s their duty to make the decision for a match and failure to do so makes their position worthless. Gin steps in with a solution that puts the problem off by declaring a tie between him and Akira, but the same thing happens in the finals.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever he puts on his bandana, he turns from culinary doormat to berserker.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Ryou treats Alice as "milady" and does many chores for her.
  • Mood-Swinger: By default, Ryou's mellow and The Stoic, until he puts on a bandana, of any type of headwear, as the Beach Episode reveals, and turns "feral".
  • Mysterious Past: It's never explained how a Japanese child ended up in a Danish port town in the first place.
  • Not So Different: He has common upbringings similar to Soma, Megumi and Akira. Like Megumi, he grew up in a fishing town; like Soma, he managed to be the chef at a humble but popular restaurant; and like Akira, he came from a tough childhood before being introduced to Totsuki by a complete stranger.
  • Rank Up: After the Regiment de Cuisune, he joins the Council of Ten as the 5th seated member. Apparently this trope is in effect a lot, because it's implied that Hayama, Alice, and Ryou are continually challenging each other.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: This is accentuated in the anime. After Alice first tries to intimidate Soma (with no success), Soma notices Ryou behind her, who is glaring at him with his red eyes. Worth noticing that their eye contact lasted longer than his first impression of Alice.
  • The Rival: Initially to Alice, also being her assistant. After the Autumn Election he becomes this to both Soma and Akira, at the same time also developing a Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic with them.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Without his bandana, he's the savvy guy to Alice.
  • Sidekick: To Alice; also fills the role of a personal butler. He slices fruit for her (she complains to him for not shaping them like bunnies), carries her bags and keeps an eye on her stuff while she goes to the pool.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His cooking attire, revealing his muscular arms.
  • Sore Loser: After Akira wins the Autumn Election, he gets enraged to the point he yelled at Alice for scolding him and, along with Soma, demanded a plate of Hayama's carpaccio to compare. While both of them kept saying they could have done better, their bickering went along like the three of them became Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Straight Man: Next to Alice. Even though he goes along with everything she wants (to the point that he stood by while Alice inadvertently put Akira's reputation in danger), he is not far from pointing out whenever Alice is being childish. After Alice takes the initiative to take Erina away from the mansion, Ryou is the only one who questions what to do next.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is imposing, stern, mysterious, and very good looking.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • When Alice defeated the president of the Edge-Cutting Research Society and insisted to keep their expensive equipment in a corner even though she had even better machines, Ryou grabbed him by the collar with a serious-menacing face and apologized to him for Alice's spoiled attitude. The senior even lampshades this by pointing out that his actions don't match his body language.
    • After tying with Akira in the semifinals, Ryou was furious, but quickly mellowed out once Alice removed his bandana. However, Ryou (while still calm) requested a cooking contest with Alice to vent out his frustration.
    • He also sports this against Rentarou for his Jerk-ass attitude.
  • Worf Effect: Despite being around equal ground with Soma and Akira, and winning one of the first major victories against Central by taking down Rentarou, he's unceremoniously swept under the rug during the Promotion Exams, being defeated and expelled along with most of the other rebels.
  • Worthy Opponent: Implied to have feelings of this sort towards Megumi after she demonstrates surprising skill and tenacity in her match with him.

    Alice Nakiri 

Alice Nakiri

Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese), Christina Kelly (English)

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Erina's half-Danish cousin, Alice is a first-year high school student at Totsuki, with her specialty being able to create very elaborate dishes, both beautiful and complex, using molecular gastronomy techniques.


  • Achilles' Heel: Despite being one of the best cooks of the 92nd Generation, she gets so wrapped up in strange techniques and impact that she can easily lose track of what she's supposed to be doing. When tasked to create a bento in the Autumn Election quarterfinals, she technically fulfilled the criteria of the assignment, but failed to realize the point was to create a bento. What she made was simply sushi in a box that would stay cold for six hours, not the novel experience that Soma produced by simply starting with the basics and then improving from there on.
  • Adorkable: Just like her cousin, Alice has a tendency to be petty and childish, made all the more noticeable by her interactions with her usually deadpan assistant Ryou.
  • Always Second Best: She's never been able to beat Erina at cooking, something she wants to change. She has yet to manage it, so she taunts Erina about her lacking social skills instead.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite her "rivalry" with Erina, upon hearing that Azami came back and tried to close her off, Alice wasted no time spiriting her out of the Nakiri mansion with Ryou and Hisako's help. Later on, at the end of the first day of Central's survivor purge, she outright tells Azami in front of all of Venue D that she hates him for what he did to Erina, and that she won't let him have his way with her cousin or Totsuki. A note at the end of the chapter then states that despite their rivalry, Alice loves Erina very much.
  • Break the Haughty: She had a very superior attitude from the beginning towards anyone, until Soma defeated her in the first round of the Autumn Election, to the point she started to cry like a little child in the middle of the stage and later getting lectures from both Erina and Ryou.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half-Danish by way of her mother Leonora.
  • Character Development: Is slowly but surely getting there. She starts off thinking that her molecular gastronomy alone will be enough to make food taste amazing, never focusing on what customers would enjoy most in terms of taste and experience, which is a big part of why she loses to Soma in the Bento challenge. Come the Full Moon Festival, she still seems to think this way, putting herself plus Akira and Ryou in danger of expulsion, until a stern talking to from Akira makes her compromise. By the final day, she helps the guys with their dish of curry by adding a garnish of an elaborate chocolate sculpture, allowing her to use her molecular gastronomy to still add a touch of whimsy to the dish, but this time she's genuinely focusing on making sure that her customers enjoy the flavors and experience rather than just to show off.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Chapter 64, Alice beat the captain of the Cutting-Edge Cooking RS in order to take his club's equipment and room. At the time, she didn't realize that the Shokugeki also gave her leadership of the RS. Of course, this RS is also targeted during the Survivor Purge, though Alice probably would have opposed Azami regardless of running the club.
  • Child Prodigy: Alice already received awards in molecular gastronomy in Denmark when she was nine, with 42 patents to her name by the time she was ten.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed, but she can be seen pouting at the attention Ryou gets from the first year girls.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: She does one right before the judges try her curry dish, crowning the servings by mentioning "how much love she put into doing it".
  • Crazy-Prepared: During the Autumn Election preliminaries, she brought a gas mask in case there was a huge stench, like Nao's foul-smelling dish.
  • Cry Cute: Played for Laughs — after losing to Soma, she immediately throws a tantrum in the middle of an audience of hundreds. Though she quickly regains her composure, her mother Leonora later recounts how Alice whined to her for nine straight hours over international lines.
  • Defeat Means Respect: Alice stopped treating Ryou like a pet when he finally won against her; after two years of continually beating him at cooking no less.
    • Also happens after she is defeated by Soma. Months after that event, Alice comes to respect him for his skills.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While she is quick to take charge, Alice frequently neglects to think her schemes through, with Ryou often needing to ask what she intends to do next.
  • Epiphany Therapy: After Akira scolds her for her capriciousness putting their (and Ryou's) school tenures at risk, Alice decides to take the Full Moon Banquet seriously. Come the final day, she and Akira make a compromise with curry rice and 3D printed food, having realized that the latter has a point.
  • Evil Albino: Downplayed. Alice has silver hair and marble skin with crimson eyes, and can be quite arrogant, selfish and stubborn, but isn't actually "evil" or particularly malicious, just hyper-competitive and too smug for her own good.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: She first introduces herself to Soma by suddenly popping up in front of his cooking table out of nowhere, exchanging a few words with him, and then haughtily turning on her heel and walking away in confident fashion... only to crash right into Ryou.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair is short and has a longer sidetail on her left.
  • Foil: Three examples.
    • To Erina — while both are arrogant and haughty, Alice is a bit more social than her cousin, if only because she learned them from TV. Due to their different upbringings, Alice also tends to be a lot more emotional and childish, while Erina rarely shows herself as anything but in control.
    • To Ryou — Aside from their clear appearance contrast of white (Alice) and black (Ryou), Alice is shown to be playful and childish, while Ryou to be aloof and low energy, or fierce and violent. In addition, Ryou's cooking is very straight-forward, maximizing flavor through traditional or even primitive means of preparation, meanwhile Alice relies on her superior technology to bring out flavor. However, they both share a proud sense of superiority and passion for victory.
    • To Soma — she is a firm believer in culinary science, in contrast to Soma who prefers to experiment and is not afraid to be in the wrong.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her arrogance and drive to win stems from her long-seated desire to surpass Erina, as she always stood above her since they were children.
  • Friendly Rivalry: In contrast to her relationship with Erina, there's little tension or hostility with Soma during their Autumn Election match, and while there's some condescension from her throughout the match, after she loses to Soma their relationships returns to friendlier banter.
  • Full-Name Basis: On the receiving end. With the exception of Erina, Senzaemon and Ryou, almost everyone refers to her as "Nakiri Alice".
  • The Gadfly: She's not nearly as aloof as Erina, but almost as arrogant in her own way. For Alice, though, that just means she endlessly teases people.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Erina was mean to her when they were growing up and she still looks down on Alice, preferring to stand as the superior chef. In exchange, Alice teases Erina where she knows her cousin is less experienced — social life and behaving like a normal teenager.
  • The Heart: Despite being sometimes selfish and childish, Alice does care for others, to the point her cheerful attitude helps others. She managed to pull Erina out of her Heroic BSoD by showing her how much they love each other, and keeping the expelled rebels together before the Regimental Battle, while also welcoming back Akira without a second thought.
  • Hidden Depths: To face-off against Central, Alice challenged them in the name of the Cutting-Edge RS so she could use her new title of "Captain Alice", but later she admitted to Soma and Takumi that she also wanted to do something against her uncle and help Erina.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During their Autumn Election match, she complains to Soma that staring at her while cooking is very rude, only for Soma to remind her that she did just that when they met at training camp. Then after she loses and Soma makes a comment about getting closer to his goal, she takes it as a taunt to her and completely chides him for it — she who's done nothing but exactly that since they've first met. She won't even take others' comments with grace, seen with her interactions with Erina and Ryou afterwards.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: She complains to Erina that she never got any correspondence from her during her time in Denmark, which is justified as it is revealed that Azami deliberately blocked off their communication.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Basically how she got Ryou Kurokiba to be her assistant.
  • Insufferable Genius: Alice will make sure everyone knows she is the best student (after Erina, of course).
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Alice declares she made all her research about love and teases Erina for not knowing about it when her knowledge comes from watching rom-coms, yet she falls asleep in the middle of them.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After Akira reminds her that the Full Moon Banquet was meant for customers, not themselves, Alice decides to take the event seriously and comes up with a compromise dish incorporating Akira's curry rice and her 3D printed chocolate. It worked so well she managed to almost single-handedly reverse their debts into a profit.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She is introduced as another arrogant school princess like Erina with her tendency to look down on others, a provocative attitude and her willingness to shut down a school club so she can take their room and equipment, the latter which she didn't even need. However, she's much more social than her Ice Queen cousin, rather goofy and is willing to cook her dishes for people that ask.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Her type of relation with Ryou Kurokiba.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In a bonus chapter, where she visits a local swimming pool with Erina and quite proudly showed off her figure by wearing a skimpy bikini.
    • Happens again during the beach exams.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Her name is Western, while her family name is Japanese.
  • Never My Fault: She refuses to accept the fact that her capriciousness plunged her, Akira and Ryou's Shiomi Seminar stall into last-place among the 60 main street stalls for the first day of the Full Moon Banquet, instead shifting the blame on the former (simply for trying to rectify her screwups). It doesn't help that the latter is passively going along with her. Once Akira calls her out on this, however, Alice finally accepts her responsibility and manages to find a way to fix the situation.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: No thanks to her meddling, what was supposed to be a no-brainer for Akira throughout the Full Moon Banquet turned into an academic life-or-death struggle after her on-a-whim improvisations and last-minute changes plunged the Shiomi Seminar stall into a financial deficit.
  • No Badass to His Valet: After losing to Soma, Ryou chides her about being too weak.
  • Ojou: Ryou treats her as "Milady Alice", she is accustomed to getting everything she wants (from expensive machines to the room of a Research Society Club) and sees going to a public pool like "an adventure". She is also perplexed from seeing "educational cheap candy" for the first time.
  • Practical Taunt: Approached Ikumi and Hisako in the middle of the contest to tease them.
  • Rank Up: After the Regiment de Cuisune, she joins the Council of Ten as the 6th seated member.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has a unique eye design, and her red eyes along with her white skin and silver hair look really intimidating.
  • Rich Bitch: Downplayed. She's proud, egoistic and frequently looks down on conventional cooking methods, but she's generally quite friendly and is not as stubborn as Erina is.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She herself realizes this and considers it a disadvantage as a chef, which is why she drags Erina to a public pool to better understand common people's life.
    • For the Full Moon Banquet, she insisted Erina to have a revised version of the all the culinary guides so they can feature her name in Akira's Shiomi Seminar stall, insisting that she could cover the cost of the reprint. Then, after she ended up ruining the stall's finances, she planned to make another of her special curry dishes, charging 2 Pine Tickets per serving (roughly ¥20,000 or ~$200). Akira quickly rejected the idea, as they were in the main street area, where each serving couldn't surpass ¥500 (~$5). She didn't even see anything wrong with her plan until the latter reminded her that their stall is an actual business, not a vanity project.
  • The Rival: To Erina since childhood, and to Soma as of the Autumn Election.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her expulsion (along with Hisako's) hits Erina hard enough for her to join Soma's idea of grabbing the majority of seats of the Council of Ten.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Ryou (when he's not wearing his bandana). She's clearly the more outgoing, emotional and childish of the two.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: Twice. The first time when she teased Erina about her lack of experience in love, while she herself made a lot of investigation, which involved romantic comedy movies she didn't even finish watching. And the other is when she helped Erina escape the Nakiri mansion, suggesting that they can be runaway teenagers like the ones she saw on a TV Documentary, which Hisako bluntly rejects.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Like her mother, she has Danish ancestry.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Alice makes comical chibi-faces when she teases people, shows her cluelessness/adorkability or starts to pout. Her mother makes the same faces.
  • Sibling Rivalry: She is consistently trying to defeat her cousin Erina and establish herself as the best freshman in Totsuki.
  • Sore Loser: Subverted. After Soma defeats her, she is clearly upset and proceeds to cry and throw a tantrum, but she still thanks him for the match and keeps the Friendly Rivalry with him.
  • Spoiled Brat: As Ryou admits, Alice is very stubborn and will get what she wants no matter what, often pouting and whining whenever she gets upset (like Ryou "ruining her taunting atmosphere" or why he didn't slice her apples like bunnies). She even started throwing a tantrum after losing to Soma, then cried about it to her mother over the phone for nine hours straight.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Alice looks like a younger version of her mother.
  • Team Primadonna:
    • Once Alice decided to have a booth for the Moon Banquet Festival, she managed to convince Jun to sign her and Ryou up and takes over the Shiomi Seminar stall, much to Akira's annoyance. Instead of thinking of the customers and the event itself, her only motivation was to compete directly against Soma and Erina.
    • After discovering that she actually earned the leadership of the Cutting-Edge RS, she got so delighted by this that she wanted everyone to call her "Captain Alice".
  • The Tease: Most of her interactions with other characters involve gloating or seductive tones to get a reaction. In a flashback, Alice also did this when she first met Ryou, treating him like a petnote .
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Even if she gets one of the highest scores, she will lecture her opponent about how their efforts weren't enough. Downplayed when Soma isn't the type of person to get frustrated from gloating.
  • Valley Girl: Her speech patterns in the Viz volume translations are peppered with like" and "totally".
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: During her trip to the public pool with Erina, Alice tricks her into admitting she's got someone she likes for her to record. Erina angrily tells her to put the recorder away, so she tucks it into her cleavage.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Alice and Erina butt heads frequently, but they actually do get along, as Alice visits her frequently and tries to get her out to have lunch or hang out.
  • We Can Rule Together: In a flashback, Alice offers Ryou companionship in exchange for helping him complete his training while on a trip in northern Europe.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Alice firmly believes in this trope, and thinks that Soma is trying to invoke Heart Is an Awesome Power to defeat her in their Autumn Election match. She's wrong, though, because she actually failed to realize the point of the assignment. While both of their dishes were excellent, only one of them bothered to do more than technically meet the criteria of the match.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being built up as future member of the Council of Ten for her skills, she's soundly defeated off-screen by the current Council of Ten during the Hokkaido Exam finals and expelled from the academy.

    Takumi Aldini 

Takumi Aldini

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Bryson Baugus (English)

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First-year Takumi is the eldest son of a Japanese chef from Florence-based Trattoria Aldini. He goes to Totsuki with his younger twin brother Isami during middle school to demonstrate their skills, and when Soma declares his intentions at the opening ceremonies, Takumi becomes fired up to do even better than that upstart from a backwater restaurant.


  • Adorkable: When his Badass Boast turns into an Epic Fail. It happens a lot.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted; Takumi is aware he's the more talented of the twins, but he's still proud of Isami's (considerable) skills. Isami, in turn, doesn't resent Takumi in the slightest, and supports his brother to the extent that Takumi refers to him as "my other half".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Downplayed, but he asks Rindou what she's "so afraid of" when he faces against her. The question doesn't break her, but clearly rattles her.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After his match with Mimisaka, he takes the lesson that he needs to learn more about his opponents. By the time of his battle with Eizan, not only does he know from past patterns that Eizan will try to cheat, he's also able to figure out based only on the ingredients available in the pantry that it'll be by using the cynarine in artichokes to alter the judge's taste buds. He tailors his pizza to be enhanced by the chemical and wins handily.
  • Badass Boast: During his introduction to Soma as a defender of his family trattoria.
    "Sorry for the tardiness. My name is Takumi Aldini. This is my twin brother Isami Aldini. We worked in a kitchen of a trattoria in our hometown. It's a word in Italian that refers to the so-called 'restaurant of the masses'. I am just like you, Yukihira. I, too, am a chef that's protected his shop from the kitchen. You said that you 'don't plan to lose to some bunch that has never stood in front of clients'? Say that after you have defeated me. Between Aldini and Yukihira, I'll show you which is better."
  • Badass in Distress: In the battle round of BLUE, Takumi is in a team battle against the Noir Don Calma who had Takumi's brother and only partner Isami kidnapped. Luckily for Takumi, Soma arrives to his rescue and the duo finish off Don Calma.
  • Batman Gambit: His plan to counter against Eizan banked on the possibility of his opponent using artichoke, knowing well that Eizan would try to sabotage him. Not only did he impress the judges by adjusting the shigureni topping's flavor to compliment the aftertaste, but also paved the way for the second half of his pizza.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Outsmarts Eizan Etsuya in the Team Shokugeki, by out gambitting him.
  • Berserk Button: Don't dare to insult Isami by calling him "a second-rate cook".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Takumi, who could have rejected the Shokugeki, accepted Subaru's conditions to defend Isami's honor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: With only one hour left before the rankings were announced, he, along with Isami and Ikumi, arrived to aid Soma's booth.
  • Bishōnen: His good looks have earned him a fan club.
  • Break the Badass: Subaru not only defeats him, but also hurt his pride by predicting all his actions (including improvised options), stained his Mezzaluna knife and took it away and insulted his brother. After said Shokugeki, Takumi spent the entire week depressed in his apartment with a broken look in his eyes.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The Aldini twins are half-Japanese, but grew up in Italy. They've used their unique upbringing to make more flexible dishes such as using Japanese ingredients in an Italian style or vice versa.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every time he wants to boast, the moment turns awkward.
  • Challenge Seeker: He constantly wants to engage Soma in a competition, but they usually fall flat.
  • Chick Magnet: He is said to have a fanclub in Totsuki, and also older females are seen gushing over him as he enters the arena.
  • Cool Big Bro: Downplayed. Isami doesn't hold back whenever Takumi embarrasses himself and even calls him "lame". Outside of that, he does admire Takumi's superior skills as a chef and declares to be proud of him, while Takumi himself makes sure to remind Isami that he is his other half.
  • Cry Cute: He cries when he loses or gets embarrassed. It's not exactly dignified but it does make him all the more adorable.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Downplayed. Soma defeats Subaru and gets Takumi's Mezzaluna back, he rejects it, declaring that he will earn it back by his own merits. It's not a case of outrage, or contempt for Soma's action, rather just his pride as a chef and a rival to Soma that he wants to honor.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Takumi is first introduced stomping on Soma's foot, marking himself as an intimidating opponent... before his brother Isami laughs at him.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: The only physical resemblance he has with Isami are the skin tone and their light blue eyes.
  • The Fashionista: In contrast to Soma (who wears hantennote ), Takumi's plain clothes are very stylish, since Italians are very wary of their appearance. After the Internships period, Takumi's first words to Soma are to comment on his hair being messy, while he had a new haircut on the time being.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He tries competing with Soma, but the two of them seem to get along pretty well, though the latter finds it difficult to take their rivalry as seriously as Takumi does, mainly because Takumi's challenges often goes over his head.
  • Foil: To Soma. Unlike him, Takumi is extremely popular with the girls (in his first month at Totsuki, Takumi garnered a fanclub of 85 members, while in Soma's case, most of the school hated his guts); while Soma is cool and a bit of a tease, Takumi mostly embarrasses himself whenever he tries to pose as cool. Despite all this, both guys are Sore Losers, very loyal towards their family and friends and the most creative and resourceful chefs from their generation.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Soma gives Takumi a bag of kaki seeds to hold onto while he goes to search for ingredients during training camp. In frustration, Takumi crushes the bag with his grip, but it was what Soma wanted to do, anyway.
  • Gratuitous Italian: From the two, Takumi is the one who uses more Italian words, most commonly "grazie" ("thank you").
  • Glove Slap: Right before their match and in front of the whole school, Takumi throws a glove to Subaru to make the duel official, asking in exchange for his win a public apology to Isami.
  • Guile Hero: During his match with Eizan in the Regime de Shokugeki, he anticipated that Eizan would use some sort of method to disrupt his dish by studying his previous matches, and made his dish based around that. Eizan's dish originally was meant to make Takumi's taste worse after the Judges ate his first, but Takumi worked to make it compliment his dish instead. This was made possible by Takumi adapting to Subaru's tracing and doing an extensive study of Eizan's duel records.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Subaru beats him, Takumi is seen depressed in his apartment, while a worried Isami passes him a message from Soma. He snaps out of it after Soma defeats Subaru, promising that he will beat them someday.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his brother, Isami — the two are rarely ever apart. He also seems to be developing a rivalry version of this relationship with Soma.
  • Hidden Depths: Takumi is a Nice Guy and Spirited Competitor, which is why he and Subaru eventually reached an understanding after the latter's match with Soma, and even formed a genuine friendship later on during the Central arc. But make no mistake, Takumi can hold one hell of a grudge. Unlike with Subaru, Takumi had nothing but contempt for Eizan after learning about his plot to get Soma expelled during the Autumn Elections using the close relationship of the Aldini brothers. It was this grudge that led to him learning aspects of Subaru's Tracing ability to stalk Eizan and humiliate him during the Regiment de Cuisine. After Takumi revealed what he'd done to the In-Universe audience, Ibusaki even commented that he didn't seem like the kind of guy to hold a grudge.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In his introduction, he stepped on Soma's foot to show his confidence and acts like a jerk. Immediately into the first assignment at training camp, he dislikes the idea that Soma could be disqualified. Instead of throwing away the kaki seeds, he holds onto them; when he accidentally crushes the bag, he desperately apologizes for it (though Soma was intending to do it). An extra chapter also reveals Takumi planned to stomp on his foot long before as a challenge.
  • Honor Before Reason: Takumi stated he would hate the idea of Soma getting expelled before they compete officially.
  • Honorary True Companion: He and Isami become this to the Polaris Dorm after the Fall Classic Preliminary Round, when they attend one of their parties. After Soma's Shokugeki with Eizan, the brothers rush there to check on Soma (although Takumi seemed like he was going to nag at him as usual) and promptly join the party. They also joined the residents to survey on Central's Shokugekis, with Ryoko commenting that they almost feel like residents as well.
  • Hot-Blooded: Played for Laughs, as part of his humor comes from him getting suddenly excited before challenging Soma, only for others to ruin his moment. When he talks to Soma again after the Stagiaire Period, he gets fired up after learning that Soma became an apprentice to Kojirou and The Council berating all of them for being First Years.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Takumi reveals he was already aware that Subaru had been following him around for the past few days. Subverted, though, because Subaru had been following him for much longer than that.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Chapter 153, he was the one who reminded Soma that what they are doing is recon, a few panels later he joins Soma in scolding the Jerkass.
  • Important Haircut: Chapter 201 reveals Takumi's shorter hair after the Stagiaire period is this, due to feeling that he was falling behind in his rivalry with Soma.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The only physical thing the twins have in common from their Italian heritage. They are innocent whenever he messes up and ends up embarrasing himself or when he gets excited about getting to challenge Soma. On the other hand, he got his Icy Blue Eyes when Subaru insulted Isami.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother:
    • After Subaru spits gum on his Mezzaluna and directly insults Isami to his face, Takumi gets furious and challenges him to a Shokugeki during the Fall Classic. This is why the defeat affects him even harder, because of him failing to defend Isami's honor and losing the tool that symbolized the link with him.
    • When it comes to family, Takumi can be vindictive. Someone (implied to be Subaru) evidently informed him about Eizan's plot to get Soma expelled during the Autumn Elections, using the Aldinis as Unwitting Pawns. Obviously, he was not happy to learn that, and subsequently plotted his revenge on Eizan in turn, even going as far as to stalk him like Subaru does. This leads to the Regiment de Cuisine, where Takumi humiliates Eizan by turning his tactics against him and manipulating him into enhancing his own dish (one inspired by his relationship with Isami) during their match in the third bout.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He and Isami are Japanese-Italian.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: "Takumi" is Japanese, while "Aldini" is Italian, from his mother's side.
  • Nerves of Steel: Despite how easily he normally gets embarrassed, before a match he's completely confident while the normally calm Isami runs around flustered. Despite a moment's panic he also recovers easily during his match with Subaru, managing to make a last-minute improvement to his dessert which still isn't enough to let him win. Subaru knew that Takumi would be able to keep his wits about him and improvise something, so he prepared accordingly.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike Isami, Takumi tries to cover this by appearing as the cool and aloof rival (all the opposite of who he is in reality), but even he can't help but let out his good traits. He refuses to get an easy win, apologized to Soma after accidentally crushing the kaki seeds, scolded Soma for letting Megumi carry heavy boxes, is a good big brother to Isami, helped Soma when he needed extra hands, showed sympathy towards Soma having a Shokugeki to defend his home, and, like Soma, isn't afraid to confront bullies.
  • Not So Different: Soma criticizes most of his peers for their high education without proper experience. However, Takumi comes from a similar background (working at a common diner for years) despite his seemingly arrogant demeanor. Both wear the pride of their respective family restaurants' names on their uniforms. He is also as resourceful as Soma, since his imagination and range of vision during a challenge is very wide, as seen during the training camp. After Soma's Shokugeki against Eizan, instead of scolding him like he would normally do, he mentions that he would have done the same if his home was also on the line.
  • Numerological Motif: 1/2. Which he shared with this brother. Takumi and Isami are both half blood, frequently refered to as one half of a whole. The way they welcome their guess to their trattoria also invoked this. Taken to logical extreme during Takumi's match with Eizan in which his winning dish is a "half-moon" pizza.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: BLUE reveals he got his beloved Mezzaluna back from Soma in time for the competition, but never shows us how it happened or when the duel with Soma occured. The immediate aftermath was shown though; at this point, he's good enough to beat him in a 2-3 judging, and even stomp him 4-1 in a bunch of battles we also don't get to see. Sometimes Takumi won and sometimes Soma won.
  • Olive Garden: While he isn't the stereotypical Italian, many elements are attached to him, like his frequent use of Gratuitous Italian, the foodgasms from his food have a lot of Italian motifs (Pavarotti's Aria, harbours, lemon fields) or his popularity with girls. Even his Character Song Single has him naming a lot of Italian dishes.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted only in the anime. A very minor character is given a Named by the Adaptation "Takumi Ishiwatari".
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Unlike Erina, who wants Soma to go away, Takumi isn't satisfied to have Soma expelled until he can defeat him in a Shokugeki. He gets jealous if Soma has another rival, since he considers himself the only one.
  • Power of Friendship: Takumi's alleged "superpower" is coordination where he and Isami become near invincible. This is also the reason he is matched against Don Calma, a Noir who specializes in teamwork. Takumi can also do this with Soma and they beat Don Calma at his own game.
  • Primal Fear: Played for Laughs in Shokugeki no Soma ~à la carte~ and the OVA. Isami knows that Takumi is afraid of heights and uses this to tease him at the Tokyo Skytree by jumping to make him look at the glass floor.
  • Rank Up: After the timeskip, Takumi is revealed to be the Seventh Seat of the new Council of Ten Masters, outranking Eizan and Nene.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives an awesome one to Rentarou, after the guy insulted all the students outside of Central, pointing out that repeating the words "Elite" and "Chosen" only show lack of confidence on his real cooking skills. Judge Ooizumi and Soma were pleasantly surprised by this.
  • The Rival: Self-proclaimed towards Soma. He also proclaims himself to be Soma's "only rival". However, he's not taken as seriously as he would like. He also develops a subtle rivalry towards Subaru after his defeat to him.
  • Sexy Man, Instant Harem: Takumi has his own fan club, which consists of 85 club members who follow him a lot. The Trattoria Aldini booth for the Full Moon Banquet has all the brothers' fangirls as the staff.
  • Sore Loser: He isn't happy when his first challenge against Soma ends up in a tie. After his defeat against Subaru, it took him a week to recover from this, and when he finally did, he promised to earn back his Mezzaluna by properly defeating both him and Soma. Flashbacks reveal that Soma and Takumi fought several battles, either ending in a win or loss. The Mezzaluna used to rotate between them to the point even Soma obtained some expertise using it.
  • Spirited Competitor: The one thing that gets him excited is a chance to compete against Soma, especially if Soma has become stronger.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both Aldini brothers' names end with "-mi".
  • Those Two Guys: He either is this with his brother Isami, or with Soma, to the point others have started to refer to them as "The Diner Duo".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Two notable examples
    • After losing to Subaru in the Autumn Elections, he undergoes his Stagiare period where he learns a variety of new techniques. When he returns to help Soma at the Moon Banquet Festival, he's easily able to keep pace with him when it took Subaru days to properly trace Soma's moves.
    • During the Regiment De Cuisine Shokugeki, he's paired against Eizan, the one who sicced Subaru on him to begin with. He shows that he's well aware of Eizan's treacherous ways and would try to sabotage his dish, so he deliberately led him on thinking he was going to make one type of dish and ended up using Eizan's dish to make his own superior. Ironically, adopting the same tactics Subaru used to beat him. He easily defeats Eizan, and is the second character besides Soma to not be apart of the Council of Ten and defeat one. note 
    • During the BLUE competition, he is one of the three light chefs (alongside Soma and Megumi) to clear all three gates and qualify for the final round. Unfortunately he loses to Erina Nakiri.
  • Tsundere: Type A. He has a Hot-Blooded rivalry with Yukihira and goes Large Ham at every instance. Later he cools down and comes to respect Yukihira's skills, while still seeing him as a rival. Mellows down to Type B where he can get along with Yukihira. He becomes quite jealous when Yukihira doesn't pay attention to him.
  • Unknown Rival: Takumi considers himself to be Soma's No. 1 rival and constantly makes boasts and speeches to that effect (which often end up failing and/or making Takumi look silly). Although Soma considers him very skilled and worth challenging, he doesn't seem to be aware of just how seriously Takumi takes the rivalry.
  • We Will Meet Again: Parodied. After the first cooking match between Takumi and Soma ends in a draw, the former declares this after saying they will someday settle things in a Shokugeki. A couple of panels later, they are forced to sit next to each other on the bus.
  • Weapon of Choice: His Mezzaluna, which he uses along with Isami. However, he lost it in a Shokugeki against Subaru Mimasaka and hasn't got it back since, because he wants to defeat both him and Soma to earn it properly.
  • Weapon Twirling: What Takumi's "Superhuman Ability" Danza Spada boils down to. By spinning the Mezzaluna, Takumi becomes a "human food processor", able to uniformly mince ingredients down to 0.1 mm pieces.
  • The Worf Effect: His first appearance showcases himself as Soma's equal in resourcefulness and experience. His loss against Subaru foreshadows the amount of planning Soma would need to overcome him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He tries to set himself up as Soma's rival, knowing the proper style a rival should have and the lines they should give out. Unfortunately, the manga is half comedy and doesn't stick to the shounen cliches he's basing his character on, meaning he ends up more of Butt-Monkey than a rival, though Soma does acknowledge his skill.

    Hisako Arato 

Hisako Arato

Voiced by: Saori Onishi (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

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Erina's secretary and close friend, Hisako specializes in medicinal-based dishes.


  • Always Second Best: She wants to stay as Erina's Number Two and will crush any who dare oppose her — a fact not lost on Akira, who, after defeating her, chides her for being content with where she is.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Blood is all over her face and clothes after she cold-heartedly beheads a living turtle. It's not that much blood, but it still fits the trope and makes her look badass.
  • Break the Haughty: She's so confident in her skills and her place in Erina's inner circle that, when she lost to Akira at the Autumn Election quarterfinals, she was so heartbroken she distanced herself from Erina out of shame. Ironically, it took being paired with Soma — Erina's walking Berserk Button — for her to even start recovering.
  • The Bus Came Back: She reappears as Soma's partner in the first Stagiaire week after she lost to Akira in the Autumn Election. Her experience working with Soma has helped her recover from her loss, and with Soma giving her not only useful words of advice, but the full set of Erina's favorite shoujo manga, Hisako now had both the courage and incentive to return to Erina not just as an assistant, but as a friend, for which she is grateful.
  • Character Development: She was introduced as nothing more than Erina's overprotective assistant with little personality beyond her subservience to Erina. However, after Hisako is defeated in the Fall Classic, its shown that Hisako and Erina are legitimately best friends, despite Hisako treating Erina as her superior. Once Hisako reappears during her Stagiaire week with Soma, Hisako realized that she needs to step up not only as a student-chef, but as Erina's closest friend. She genuinely grew to like Soma instead of holding grudges based on Erina's own issues with him, to the point Erina herself is shocked that Hisako talks friendly to him around her instead of overreacting at him like she usually did. After this point, Hisako becomes friendlier to the other students and her relationship with Erina evolves from a sycophantic one to a more equal-terms friendship.
  • Childhood Friends: Played with. She's been with Erina since childhood, but was too much in awe of Erina to really be her friend. Soma later encourages her to be more a friend than a sidekick and cheers her up after her loss to Akira.
  • Death Glare: Played for Laughs. She occasionally exchanges them with Ryou.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially cold and hostile towards Soma due to his flippant attitude around Erina, she eventually mellows out to him after their Stagiaire assignment, having not only seen him show some skills she doesn't have, but also advised to not give up on her relationship with Erina following her loss to Akira, for which she warmly thanks him. The next time they meet, she confuses Erina by giving him a friendly greeting.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Hishoko" (literally, "secretary girl"), given to her by Alice, used as a Running Gag by the author before a Canon Name was established. To her annoyance, the nickname spread throughout the student body. When Soma casually greets her this way, she flips out; luckily for her, unlike with Nikumi, Soma agrees not to call her it.
  • Epiphany Therapy: For her Stagiaire assignment, she and Soma had to work for a restaurant located next to a bullet train station. Realizing that her experience with staged situations in cooking classes pale before the realities of a working restaurant, which require more flexibility, she is forced to swallow her pride and learn from Soma, who actually grew in such an environment. The whole experience, coupled with Soma's words of advice, helped her recover from her loss to Akira and see herself as more than just Erina's sidekick, for which she is incredibly grateful to Soma.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Until the Autumn Election, Hisako was simply "Erina's secretary" and had No Name Given.
  • Family Business: For generations, the Aratos served as personal medics to the Nakiris. To be able to serve Erina as well, Hisako oriented her family knowledge of medicinal herbs into her cooking.
  • Fangirl: She practically worships Erina, at times almost looking like she's outright crushing on her. She's also quite jealous and overprotective of Erina (she makes a weapon search on Alice before she can even talk to her own cousin), including an aggressive attitude towards Soma without ever having spoken to him thanks to how casually he speaks to her boss.
  • Foil:
    • To Megumi — both are overshadowed by a friend in skill (Soma and Erina, respectively) and mild-mannered. Their cooking styles are also similar, with one focused on soothing mental and physical aspects, while the other uses medicinal properties from herbal ingredients. But where Megumi is sweet and loving, Hisako has some of Erina' haughtiness rubbed onto her.
    • To Akira — both specialize in herbs and spices, and are very loyal to their "masters", but where Akira is inspired by Jun to push himself beyond his limits, Hisako is content with being Erina's Number Two.
    • To Ryou — Both are assistants to the Nakiri cousins and follow all their orders, but while Ryou is motivated by his competitive drive and keeps surpassing Alice, Hisako follows Erina to be close with her, but without trying to surpass her, with their relation eventually changing to equals in the friendship.
  • Girl Friday: Through the lens of a cooking manga, of course, meaning she cooks instead of fights. She's Erina's secretary and helps arrange all her affairs, provide emotional support and complete menial tasks like picking up Erina's manga. Her experience proves helpful during her Stagiaire shift with Soma, when she helps organize the reservation system at an overly busy restaurant, giving it a modern update to allow younger customers easier access.
  • Healing Herb: Her family has practiced traditional medicine for generations and she incorporates it into her cooking.
  • Hero-Worshipper: When she and Erina were little, Erina wanted to be her friend, but Hisako was too respectful and decided to support her from behind. After she loses to Akira, she feels unworthy to be by Erina's side until Soma convinces her to see herself as more than just a sidekick.
  • Heroic BSoD: According to Alice, when they met after the Full Moon Banquet she was despondent following Azami firing her as Erina's secretary. And yet again after she gets expelled from Totsuki.
  • Honorary True Companion: She becomes this to the Polaris Dorms when they had to defend their home from Eizan's gang, since Erina is hiding there. She also joins the victory party and joins them to check Central's Shokugekis.
  • Humble Pie: She has two separate incidents that make up a single part of her character arc from Erina's sidekick to her friend.
    • Firmly convinced that she was second only to Erina, she didn't work as hard as she could have in the Autumn Election and lost to Hayama, who chided her for being content with second place. The next time she's in focus, she's clearly miserable because Erina's perfectionist attitude has rubbed off on her, causing her to consider herself worthless. Erina doesn't actually care if Hisako is perfect because the only one she won't accept failures from is herself, but the fundamental gap in how they view their relationship causes Hisako to separate herself from Erina out of a sense of inadequacy.
    • After this, she gets an assignment with Soma during Stagiaire week when they have to help a restaurant and then leave some kind of clear improvement in it before the end of the week. He warns her about the demands of actually working in a real restaurant, but she dismisses him by saying she's had enough experience at the school with staged situations. However, it's clear that she's in way over head in such a busy restaurant, forcing her to swallow her bitter comments towards him and actually start learning. He uses the opportunity to prod her into returning to Erina, pointing out that if she failed once she just needs to try again in a different way. Notably, while this experience was humiliating for her at first, she's actually very grateful for what Soma did for her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Erina is highly dependent on her. When Hisako goes into self imposed exile Erina grows increasingly frustrated, lonely and moody in general. Later, Azami strips her of her role as Erina's secretary in order to get rid of the few people around her that she can depend on. Erina's face makes it only too clear how much of a blow this was.
  • Meaningful Echo: During Stagiaire week, she passionately tells the owner of Mitamura that if the situation has changed, they need to change their approach and emphasize what's important to them without worrying about appearances. In the next chapter, Soma tells her to stop worrying about losing to Akira and go back to Erina, repeating her own words right back at her.
  • The Medic: She comes from a line of specialists in Chinese medicine, incorporating her knowledge into her cooking; during the Autumn Election preliminaries, her dish "breaks Nao's curse", so to speak, on the judges.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses when doing computer work.
  • Not So Above It All: She has a reputation for being serious, so the Polaris Dorm is quite surprised to see that she's surprisingly silly at times, including basically cosplaying when she's trying to be stealthy.
  • Number Two: She is the secretary to Erina. This results in her defeat against Akira, since she lacked the ambition to be the very best, just wanting to live in Erina's shadow.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Like Erina, she ends Chapter 131 with a look of shock on her face when she discovers that Azami has barged into his daughter's Full Moon Banquet stall.
    • Has it again in Chapter 135 when Azami thanks her for all her hard work "until today".
  • Only Friend: She's the closest thing Erina has to an actual friend, but even she mostly just hero worships Erina and wants to serve her. Erina isn't quite happy about that, but, until Soma told her otherwise, Hisako doesn't find herself worthy to be anything more than Erina's secretary. Humorously, seeing Hisako and Soma casually chat with one another in Chapter 138 makes Erina a little jealous of Soma, as she perceives Hisako's friendship bond with Soma after the Stagiaire arc to be stronger than the bond she has with her.
  • Pride: Just like Erina, Hisako is as elitist and perfectionist as her, also looking down on Soma based on social status and academic records alone.
  • Punny Name: Her real name isn't too different from her nickname, Hishoko ("secretary girl").
  • Put on a Bus: After Akira defeats her at the Autumn Election, Hisako gave to Erina a letter stating she was "leaving on a journey", since she can't face Erina because of her failure, without listening to what Erina had to say.
  • The Reliable One: No notice at all is given to it but, like Erina and Soma, Hisako also finished the training camp's 50-serving challenge well ahead of the pack. No bath for her though, because Erina had her run an errand down to the front desk.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: All her interactions with Erina can be seen like this, as Hisako gets excited with the prospect of tasting her cooking or worships everything Erina does. On the other hand, Erina enjoys Hisako's company as she is the only friend she has whom she can be her adorkable self. Their actual relationship towards one another is a bit more complicated and isn't really this trope at all: Hisako pre-Stagiaire hero-worshipped Erina and was a little afraid of her at the same time, which put a limit on how close they actually got to one another. Post-Stagiaire, Hisako now actively seeks to become a true friend of Erina, though Erina perceives Hisako's newly formed friendship with Soma to be stronger than her own friendship with her (and makes Erina jealous of him, in part because she does recognize Hisako as one of her only real friends).
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her expulsion (along with Alice's) hits Erina hard enough for her to join Soma's idea of grabbing the majority of seats of the Council of Ten.
  • Satellite Character: She's not lacking in development, but her entire character is focused around Erina and their relationship. She even adopts Erina's viewpoints as her own, though she does warm up to Soma before her boss does.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Despite not being one of them, she helps the Polaris tenants defend the dorm (and Erina, who was hiding there at the time) against Eizan's lackeys while Soma is challenging him to a Shokugeki.
  • Squee!: Her reaction at the end of Chapter 133 after Soma comes in to fill the remaining table at Erina's Full Moon Banquet stall. Also when Soma wins against Eizan, she gives this kind of reaction, making Erina wonder about her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Towards Soma after their week together at the Stagiaire Period, even to the point of telling Erina to thank him for the mangas he got for her, which shocks Erina. Also she allowed Soma to request feedback from Erina, who is actually confused on why she didn't shoo Soma away like she would usually do with anyone. The vast improvement of their relationship naturally never went unnoticed by Erina, much to her envy.
  • Undying Loyalty: Very loyal to Erina, since it's also tradition in her family, as the Arato line are personal doctors of the Nakiri's.

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    Subaru Mimasaka 

Subaru Mimasaka

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

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A burly freshman, Etsuya Eizan's protege, and Soma's Autumn Election semifinals opponent. Despite his looks, he's smarter than he appears and has a strong sense for details. He has no "specialty", but copies the other chefs he faces.


  • Animal Motif: Aside from his devil motif, during his match with Soma, he has a snake motif.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Any dish you can cook, he can cook better: his Shokugeki strategy is to study his opponent to learn their recipe, then add his own improvement to it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: One of his key strengths, despite having no specialty of his own, he can creates dishes that have surpassed chefs at their own specialties solely through analyzing their abilities and creating a dish one step ahead of theirs.
  • Badass Biker: The second time he appears, he's driving a motorbike. And he really loves it.
  • Batman Gambit: How he defeats his opponents. He knows what they would do in any situation and he develops counter measures against them.
  • Battle Trophy: He always bets on Shokugekis the opponent's precious tool, mostly to hurt the loser way beyond the defeat.
  • Blood Knight: He loves intense cooking duels and is only interested in winning, that's why he challenges so many students he faces into Shokugeki.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: With the Full Moon Banquet drawing to a close, Soma hired him as an extra hand for his booth, since he was not only the only student-chef without a booth, but he also has the skill to perfectly mimic Soma's mapo tofu dish. He was also chosen to join the rebel team during the Exam Battle.
  • Collector of the Strange: He collects data of the rivals (even the most worthless details) and their tools as Battle Trophy.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In Eizan's words, though he certainly has the skill for cooking, he has no respect for ingredients or tools and only cares about winning. To do so he spies on his opponents, figures out what they plan on making as well as gathering information of their styles of cooking, copy his opponents dishes to perfection and then making improvements to it until his dish is one step ahead of his opponents in every category whilst simultaneously making sure to take into account any other variables based on his information on his opponents skill and abilities to ensure he will remain ahead of them even if they try to improvise something. On top of that, during the match itself, he will also give Breaking Speeches on how utterly predictable they are and how pathetic it is for them to lose against their own specialties to put even more pressure on them. When one of the judges tries to call him out on his dirty strategies, he counters by stating that his particular style of cooking IS analyzing his opponents to ensure the greatest chance of success.
  • Cool Bike: He has an impressive looking bike. But how he protects his bike is more impressive.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His motto is "Right down to a gnat's eyebrow", a phrase which means "going into the most minute of details". Not only he puts a high standard of security for his motorbike (breaks, chains, raincoat and GPS tracking in case of robbery), he knows a lot of details about other cooks, even if some of the details are random or casual. Seriously, who needs to know Soma's shoe size, how many pair of shoes has or what kind of pattern Takumi's underwear has?
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: After losing to Soma, he later becomes an ally to be called upon when needed, proving especially helpful due to his copying abiltiies.
  • Delinquent Hair: He has a mohawk of dreadlocks.
  • Determinator: After getting eliminated in the Regiment de Cuisine, Subaru traces Eizan, Momo, and Soumei in order to prepare Aldini, Megumi, and Soma for the next round, despite how consecutive traces consume almost all of his stamina.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: At the end of the Autumn Election preliminaries, he appears out of nowhere and steals the fourth spot of Block A from Shun and Zenji.
  • Did Not See That Coming: He's so used to studying opponents that Soma constantly improving his dish all through the night and up to their duel blindsides him completely, since he was so sure Soma would cook a certain dish beforehand and simply improvise the rest and just rushed ahead in making it.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: He's a huge biker with a dreadlock mohawk.
  • Ditto Fighter: Due to his analyzing and extensive stalking, he is able to copy dishes AND make them better. This works to his advantage in team battles as well, because he can perfectly mimic his teammate's dishes and therefore can add on to them without cramping their style.
  • Easily Forgiven: Downplayed. Only Soma seems to be on good terms with him. The others still can't get over him being a creepy stalker and Takumi still cannot forgive him for what he did to his Mezzaluna. This gradually fades over the course of the Full Moon Banquet arc, however, and by the Central arc he's more-or-less become an Honorary True Companion, even joining the Rebel team during the Regiment de Cuisine.
  • Evil Gloating: People say that in one Shokugeki, he laughed loudly as he took away a knife which was a memento of his opponent's late mother. Right before he's awarded the win, he gloats how he knew Takumi would try to one up in his dessert.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When he lost against Soma, his dreads untied, letting his long hair flow (and causing some disgusted reactions from the girls in the audience), as a sign that he has given up his dishonest motivations. By the time of the Red Leaf Hunt, Subaru is still wearing his hair loose.
  • The Faceless: The first time he appears, his face wasn't shown and his name wasn't revealed. His second appearance reveals finally his face and his name.
  • Fan Disservice: He is prone to this:
    • One of the judges gets disturbed when his dessert made them picture Mimasaka as a Yamato Nadeshiko.
    • After Soma wins against Subaru and gives him a plate of his stew, his dreads get loose and his hair starts to flow while he sparkles, much to the disgust of the female judges.
    • While doing his "Image training" of the Council of Ten we're treated to him copying the mannerisms of each of the Original members of the Council of Ten. The images he provides are perfect reason to perform a Brain Bleach.
  • Fatal Flaw: Same as being a Combat Pragmatist which even Soma notices. He's good at duplication and observation, but is so obsessed with just winning he's practically just wasting his talent and thus doesn't bother trying to take his creations further then just slightly outshining the competition. Sure enough, this leads to his downfall as he only studied what Soma was planning on making, not considering the possibility that he may continue to improve his dish right before and even during the time he started to cook during the competition.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a gracious host and not averse to having casual chat with future opponents. However, before and during a match he mocks, belittles and sets out to destroy someone by beating them with the exact thing they chose to make. Further, he makes people bet items precious to them in Shokugekis and then simply stockpiles his rewards.
  • Foil: His copying of opponents seems to provide a dark mirror to Soma's experimenting and learning.
  • Freudian Excuse: He has a distant father who continually denied his cooking skills because they lack originality. After he defeated his father in a cooking contest by modifying his father's special recipe, the latter sent him away to Totsuki rather than giving him the praise he wanted (or, in his own words, his father ran away on him). He was then taken in by Eizan, who encouraged him to be the Blood Knight we know.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's very tall and muscular, but his knowledge of details is crazy. One of his greatest strength is predicting the moves of his opponents.
  • Gonk: Especially next to most of the male cast by comparison, it's accentuated by his Overly Long Tongue, large build and creepy expressions.
  • Graceful Loser: After a brief breakdown following his loss to Soma, Subaru tries his dish, and is so awestruck he calms down, concedes defeat, and even volunteers to quit cooking (the same losing condition Soma set upon himself for their playoff-turned-Shokugeki), though Soma dissuades him from doing so.
  • Hate Sink: While there's no shortage of arrogant cooks in the series, Subaru's behavior is much darker to the point that even the judges comment on his tactics. This fades away after his defeat and the reveal of his backstory.
    • Afterwards, Subaru becomes one of Soma's allies and he buries the hatchet with Takumi. He is also appreciated by many Rebel students for opposing Central at the Regiment de Cuisine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Thanks to Soma's words of advice, Subaru gives up his unscrupulous ways and even wholeheartedly joins Soma's Full Moon Banquet stall. To fully cement his turn, he joins the rebels in their Team Shokugeki against Central.
  • Honorary True Companion: It takes a while, but he eventually becomes this during the Central arc. Not only does he join the Rebel team, he also helps his fellow first years train for their matches in the third bout after he loses. Even Takumi no longer holds any animosity towards him (especially after learning it was Eizan who was pulling the strings during the Autumn Elections), showing concern for him when he offers to trace so many cooks in such a short amount of time, and thanking him for helping him increase his skills enough to beat and even humiliate Subaru's former boss in their match.
  • I Owe You My Life: While Soma compliments him for effectively mimicking him and quickly accepting his offer, Subaru quietly mumbles that he owes him a lot — presumably for helping him not to give up on his cooking even after losing to Soma.
  • Insufferable Genius: He really is a good cook. He has good aesthetic sense, a fine sense of taste, wide knowledge, inventiveness, attention to detail and analysis. He just has such a foul personality it is said that no sensible restaurant would ever want to hire him. He's referred to as an awful cook because all he cares about is winning, not preparing good food.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: A lot of more delicate work during cooking is oddly dainty for someone of his size, causing a judge to be put off by how maiden-like he was making a dessert. Outside of cooking he's also very skilled at embroidery and even meticulously and beautifully stitched the kanji of his name into his uniform.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Given that his special skill is to copy and upgrade other chefs' styles, Subaru has a great set of skills, such as baking, decorating, garnishing and smoked ingredients, with many of the audience comparing his smoke techniques to Shun Ibusaki's, who is known as the "Smoke Prince".
  • Jerkass: He provokes the opponents he has to face and challenges them to Shokugeki to get their precious cooking tools back. Until he lost to Soma, and Soma lectures him to continue the path of cooking for the people's smiles, leading him to show a Hidden Heart of Gold for Soma's kindness.
  • Laughably Evil: During the Autumn Election at least, his stalking methods were both creepy as all hell and darkly humorous. After that arc, he's no longer an antagonist, but his imitations of other cooks, such as the Council of Ten, are still hilarious.
  • Logical Weakness: His "Perfect Trace" is an awesome skill on its own, however two drawbacks to his skill have been noted:
    • For one, it's most effective against an opponent who is unaware of his methodology. If he's facing an opponent who knows his MO and can take appropriate precautions (though granted he does have experience working around that as well) there's a greater chance he will misread his opponent and cause his "Perfect Trace" to fall apart. Which is exactly what Soma does, with Subaru being blindsided by Soma constantly improving his dish all the way up to and during the match whereases he had assumed Soma would simply not bother making a proper dish and simply improvise something on the spot with an assortment of random ingredients.
    • Secondly, understanding what his opponent is doing doesn't help if he doesn't actually have the skills to replicate or improve on what's being done. This is what eventually causes him to lose to Satou Soumei; Mimasaka's skills are impressive, but not enough to make better sushi than a Fifth Seat whose speciality is sushi.
  • Method Acting: Invoked. To be more effective and help Soma faster at the Moon Banquet Festival, he needed to research Soma's style more deeply, so Soma gave him the keys to Yukihira so he can get more in character, by copying every mannerism.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His habit of collecting knives from his defeated opponents calls to mind Musashibo Benkei. Ryoko makes the comparison directly after learning about his tendency. The fact that he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes loyal to Soma after his defeat only strengthens the similarities.
  • Overly Long Tongue: When taunting Takumi right before their duel.
  • Power Copying: Subaru doesn't specialize in any particular kind of food or style. Instead, he observes his opponent and copies their abilities and style, allowing him to first reproduce what they've made and then work from there on how to make it better. He calls it his Perfect Trace.
  • Practical Taunt:
    • Right before their match, Subaru pressed Takumi's Berserk Button by insulting Isami, so he can have a Shokugeki.
    • He tries this again with Soma, hoping his win over Takumi would make him fly off the handle and accept his Shokugeki out of anger. While Soma does take the challenge, he's unimpressed by Subaru's verbal bullying. Not only does he keeps a cool head during their encounter, Soma, with no hesitation whatsoever, raises the stakes in their Shokugeki, much to Subaru's shock.
  • Punny Name: His surname sounds like mimic, reflecting his signature skill.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's an intimidatingly huge guy with the Face of a Thug, but he's very skilled in embroidery and other delicate works. Megumi also gets surprised by seeing him in a frilly apron. And his precise handwork with desserts lets him look like a maiden, much to the horror of the audience.
  • Red Baron: According to Eizan, he's called "King of Stalkers". His second nickname is "Perfect Tracer".
  • Refusal of the Call: Subaru was one of the few students nominated for the BLUE competition but he refused it.
  • The Sixth Ranger: To Soma and Megumi's Full Moon Banquet stall as well as the Regimental Battle against Central.
  • Slasher Smile: Accompanied by his Overly Long Tongue whenever he is challenging his prey.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like a Delinquent (he probably is), but he's very intelligent guy.
  • Smug Snake: He's very good, but he's also overconfident. He begins gloating during his match with Soma, but he assumed Soma had stopped preparing some time before whereas Soma was testing new improvements in his head right until the end. He has a Villainous Breakdown when he inevitably loses but upon recognizing that Soma's dish was better, he tries to quit as a chef, but Soma tells him not to be stupid and to learn from the experience.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: It's stated that he's this; he knows details about people that any other shouldn't know.
  • Support Party Member: Not that he's helpless by himself, but in Regimen de Cuisine, he shows that he can also copy his teammates, and help improve their cookings as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the time of the showdown between the Rebels and Central, Subaru has mastered his tracing abilities to such an extent that he can do so with a glance to match a member of the Council of Ten in a variation he calls, "Perfect Trace: Flash". However, doing so is physically and mentally taxing, which could prove troublesome as the bouts go on. In addition, he still doesn't perfectly replicate the experience of the people he's copying. As a result, Subaru's sushi cuts were masterful, but designed for typical nigiri sushi, not the orb sushi Saitou was using. As such, Subaru made too many cuts, throwing off the flavor and texture.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After spending most of his early appearances challenging people to Shokugekis and making their lives miserable, Subaru later becomes a staunch ally of Soma and co, regularly popping in to help out when necessary.
  • Troll: He intentionally upsets people, both to bait them into matches they don't need to enter and to keep them off balance during the match itself.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a child, Subaru had tried to be the best in cooking to gain his father's praise and recognition.
  • Woolseyism: In the english dub of the anime, his motto is changed to "The devil is in the details" both reflecting his Perfect Trace method and the devilish motif he sports before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's the same age as Soma and the other first year students, but he looks much older than he is.

    Ikumi Mito 

Ikumi Mito

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Rachel Landon (English)

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A freshman tasked by Erina with ridding of the Donmono Research Society (Don RS) Club to make room for another cooking lab, but is challenged and defeated by their guest chef Soma to a Shokugeki, with the match conditions forcing her to join said club. Ikumi's specialty is meat, but she slowly shifts her cooking into donburi (rice bowl) dishes and how meat complements other ingredients.


  • Absolute Cleavage: She wears the slightly modified summer Tōtsuki uniform that exposes her cleavage.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her name implies she's Japanese, but dark skin and blonde hair is natural (rather than the deliberate style), so it's not entirely clear.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Originally, Ikumi used expensive grade-A5 wagyu beefnote . Her first idea to use A5 meat for a local karaage business is discarded automatically because it costs too much for a middle-class shopping district. After some advice from Soma, she starts to learn how to use the whole dish as a unit, no matter what kind of meat she is using.
  • Bare Your Midriff: All her outfits (school uniform, cooking attire, casual clothes, etc.) are this.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Although she technically isn't this in Don RS, Ikumi is far more skilled than Kanachi, who is the president (and the only other member left) of the club.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't call her "Nikumi". Unless you happen to be Soma.
    • Never put sauce on wagyu beef, as Daigo found out in a painful way.
  • Be Yourself: Throughout the series, she has difficulty acting honestly, always falling back on the prideful, aggressive persona she's spent years developing under the pressure of being heir to a powerful family. After her shokugeki with Soma, she begins acting more independently and with more kindness, no longer forcing herself to meet the expectations of her peers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: With only one hour left before the rankings were announced, she, along with Takumi and Isami, arrived to aid Soma's booth.
  • Big Breast Pride: Ikumi is certainly confident in her assets, and is constantly wearing clothing that reveals her cleavage.
  • Character Development: Originally an arrogant student-cook employed by Erina, after a humbling Shokugeki and being forced to join the same club she was tasked to destroy, Ikumi starts to realize her own desire for approval by simply being herself, turning her talents into donburi.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her entry for the Autumn Election was Dongpo Pork Curry Don, based on Chinese spices and Sichuan pepper. This would later help Soma and Megumi prepare their hujiao bing buns for the Moon Banquet Festival against Terunori's stall.
  • Cool Big Sis: The new members of the Don RS certainly treat her as this.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She loses the match against Soma because the only thing she bothers to focus on in cooking is meat. While the rest of her dish is still plenty delicious, the dish as a whole isn't really balanced right, causing the flavors to conflict. The judges don't eat all of it as a result, leaving Soma the clear winner before the results are even announced. She has since remedied it come the Autumn Election preliminaries, as the judges who heard of her reputation beforehand were surprised at how better-balanced her dish has become.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has dark skin and is blonde. True to tradition, Ikumi has a stereotypically aggressive personality to match her appearance.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: By Soma, simultaneously developing a crush on him. By extension, she also befriends his dorm mates and the Aldini twins.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts to mellow out towards Soma, and integrates well into the Don RS as well as the circle of friends from the Polaris Dorm.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Knocks Daigo out because he dipped a piece of wagyuu beef on sauce and called her "Nikumi".
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Nikumi", where "niku" means "meat" in Japanese. The only one allowed to call her that is Soma.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Her charms have attracted quite a number of people into joining the Don RS. In Chapter 122, we see a couple of other girls being a part of her admirers.
  • Fangirl: She respected and admired Erina since the two were children, and she saw with how much dignity the letter dealt with the pressure of being the heir of a prominent family (something Ikumi herself struggled with). This admiration reaches a level where it's almost indistinguishable from an outright crush, complete with blushing, stuttering, stealing glances, observing her from afar while commenting on how cool she is, and at one point running away in embarrassment after she revealed her feelings to Erina.
    • Same with her one-sided crush on Sōma. She keeps cheering him in all of his challenges along with the Polar Star members.
  • Foil: Clearly contrasted Mayumi — both have unrequited crushes on Soma, but while Ikumi is more imposing, voluptuous and aggressive, Mayumi is shy, petite, humble and quiet.
  • The Face: She eventually becomes this for the Don RS, as Kanachi noted that many students started to sign up for the club after Ikumi became more charismatic.
  • Flag Bikini: One of her common bikini top features the American flag for some reason.
  • Freudian Excuse: On her ninth birthday, her mother gave her a teddy bear as a gift. Unfortunately, her father destroyed it, telling his wife to never give their daughter another gift like that, and advising Ikumi to let go of any weaknesses to become worthy of the family business. This explains her appearance and attitude. This also explains her crush on Soma: Since her father prohibited her from showing her soft side, Soma was the first person ever to say openly that she was "cute" in a positive way, just as she felt for the first time that she could be herself when trying his donburi.
  • Gainaxing: Pronounced in the anime, especially in her usual bikini-top getup. Just sticking her arm out and leaning over slightly is enough to send her breasts into a frenzy!
  • Graceful Loser: Implied. After being forced against her will to join the Don RS, she serves don in several friendly competitions and does it well, indicating that she takes her membership in the Don RS seriously in spite of being forced into it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After losing against Soma and being ditched by Erina, Ikumi becomes a valuable ally, member of the Don RS and a part of Soma's circle of friends.
  • Hidden Depths: Her attitude is bold and aggressive, but it's hinted that she would like to be more feminine. However, her father raised her to avoid associating with anything that could be considered weak.
  • Honorary True Companion: She becomes this to the Polaris Dorm after her Shokugeki with Soma. Since she got her one-sided crush on him, she still gets along well with the girls and attended to their Fall Classic Celebration party. After the Tournament, she frequented the dorms regularly to have cooking practices with them.
  • Hopeless Suitor: A Running Gag in the series has Ikumi trying to do something nice for Soma, only for Soma to not notice her obvious crush on him, something else gets in the way (Ikumi finds out Soma didn't join the Don RS, leaving her with Kanachi; or when she found out that she wasn't going to be alone with him, as Mayumi was also there), or others teasing her about it.
  • Hot-Blooded: She gets angered easily by anyone but Soma calling her "Nikumi", having Kanachi being his melodramatic self or Alice taunting her.
  • Humble Pie: She was Erina's henchwoman who liked to bully the clubs she was going to close. Not only did she lose the shokugeki against Soma, but he defeated her A5 wagyu dish with a cheap steak from the market, which made the judges finish their bowls while hers was barely touched. After the defeat, Erina ditched her and she had to join the Don RS.
  • Knife Nut: Has a knife strapped to her right leg and her favorite is a butcher knife.
  • The Lad-ette: Has Boyish Short Hair, physically strong, Hot-Blooded, intimidating, loves meat and can beat guys up. She easily knocks out Daigo.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a noticeably large bust and is not shy about showing it. Plus, she is almost always seen in Stripperific clothing, even while wearing her school uniform. Lampshaded in a bonus, where Soma asks her why she cooks in bikini when hot oil can reach her, to which Ikumi replies "a Chef mustn't be afraid of the kitchen".
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears her shirt unbuttoned, revealing different bikini tops, and her tie is on her right leg. It's surprising to others when she shows up wearing her uniform properly.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Her two Shokugeki victories in the story (excluding the one against Soma) all happen offscreen. First the one against Nao Sadatsuka for the last spot in the Main Area of the Full Moon Banquet, and then her victory against Mea Yanai in representation of the Don RS.
  • Ojou: Judging from appearance and personality, one wouldn't see this, but the Mito family founded its business by distributing and selling meat across Japan. A flashback reveals Ikumi lives in a Big Fancy House and wore an elegant dress when she was a child.
  • Oral Fixation: Has to the tendency to lick her lips. It's justified since her lips are the most sensitive part of her body in terms of rating meat temperature and taste.
  • Punny Name: "Mito" is a pun on the English word "meat". Her nickname "Nikumi" contains the Japanese word "niku" for "meat". Doubles up as a Meaningful Name as she is best known for creating meat dishes.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: At one point, she offers a poor shopping district an amazing deal on A5 beef. It’s still far, far out of their realistic price range, but when Soma politely declines she gets puzzled at him apparently holding back out of politeness.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Tomboy to Mayumi's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Ikumi denies being attracted to Soma, and will often yell how she doesn't care about the Don RS, even though she's embracing the donburi style. When Mayumi asked her what it was like to be at Totsuki, Ikumi proceeded to describe Kanachi as an irritating loser (without mentioning him specifically), but added that Soma is not that bad.
  • Slasher Smile: Does this often, usually when cooking
  • Starter Villain: The first opponent who requires extensive planning from Soma to defeat rather than his usual improvisation.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Almost always wears a bikini top and mini-shorts.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her cooking uniform is a bikini top and mini-shorts.

    Isami Aldini 

Isami Aldini

Voiced by: Yuki Ono (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)

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Takumi's younger twin brother, Isami always stands alongside his brother to make Italian cuisine, with the same skill set learned from Trattoria Aldini.


  • Acrofatic: When chubby, despite his large size, Isami is very quick at cleaning and cutting the ingredients, let alone synchronizing his movements perfectly with Takumi.
  • Adrenaline Make Over: More accurately "Under Pressure Slim Down".
  • Always Someone Better: Isami sees his brother Takumi as the one to beat since they learned to cook. He learned to accept the fact, but he still hopes to surpass him someday. It's also inverted since in most other things not related to cooking Isami is better than Takumi.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: When they're not in the kitchen, Isami enjoys teasing Takumi by reminding him to not cry or how he is more mature than him. He also openly laughs at Takumi whenever his boasts fail.
    Isami: (pointing to Takumi, who is babbling alone) "You can just ignore him when he starts talking nonsense like that."
    Yuuki: (thinking) That's family for you... He doesn't go easy on him.
  • Big Beautiful Man: As seen from Takumi's fan club, a part of it is also gushing over how adorable Isami is as well.
  • Big Little Brother: Not only he is One Head Taller than Takumi, he also acts like the more down-to-earth of the twins whenever they're interacting with others.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed. Isami doesn't hold back when it comes to mock Takumi by calling him "lame". However, he does look up to him as a chef. As the series progresses, Isami trains to be stronger so he can support Takumi.
  • Big Damn Heroes: With only one hour left before the rankings were announced, he, along with Takumi and Ikumi, arrived to aid Soma's booth.
  • Bishōnen: When he loses weight during the summer, he looks much more attractive.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The Aldini twins are half Japanese, but grew up in Italy. They've used the unique upbringing to make more flexible dishes such as using Japanese ingredients in an Italian style or vice versa.
  • Chick Magnet: He, like his brother, is also popular with the girls, as a good part of Takumi's fanclub is also attracted to him, regardless if he is in his chubby mode or not.
  • Culture Clash: A minor one, as he is confused about Japanese custom of "cheering fans with names". Otherwise, according to Shokugeki no Soma ~à la carte~, he is very fascinated by Japan's culture, as he also considers the Maid Cafes as such.
  • Distressed Dude: Don Calma's men kidnapped him before Takumi's match so he won't have Isami as partner. However, Isami is far from worried, since he knows there's another person capable of teaming up with his brother. Cue Soma.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Mostly when he's chubby. Less often when he loses weight.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: The only physical resemblance he has with Takumi are the skin tone and their light blue eyes.
  • Formerly Fat: Zigzagged between this and Formerly Fit, in that he slims down during summer due to fatigue from the heat, then regains weight around autumn and winter. Played straight in their second year, since he and Takumi have been challenged to team Shokugekis, Takumi notes how Isami has slimmed down even during spring because of the constant hard battles.
  • Gentle Giant: Unlike his Challenge Seeker brother, Isami is always calm and polite to everyone despite his chubby and intimidating looks.
  • The Gadfly: He knows exactly what to say to get Takumi flustered for his own amusement.
  • Honorary True Companion: He and Takumi become this to the Polaris Dorm after the Fall Classic Preliminary Round, when they attend one of their parties. After Soma's Shokugeki with Eizan, the brothers rush there to check on Soma (although Takumi seemed like he was going to nag at him as usual) and promptly join the party. They also joined the residents to survey on Central's Shokugekis, with Ryoko commenting that they almost feel like residents as well.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The only physical thing the twins have in common from their Italian heritage. He has Innocent Blue Eyes when he is looking at Takumi with affection.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are very intimidating when he gets serious.
  • Japanese Tourist: Subverted in Shokugeki no Soma ~à la carte~, since he is half-Japanese-Italian. On their holidays, he drags Takumi to Tokyo Skytree (while Takumi kept complaining about the 70 minute line) and a Maid Cafe (where Takumi labels him as an Otaku, which Isami just denies).
  • Messy Hair: In contrast to his blonde twin, Isami's hair is dark brown and spiky.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He and Takumi are Japanese-Italian.
  • Moment Killer: Usually for his brother. Whenever Takumi wants to pose as the aloof rival, Isami goes ahead and starts being friendly to Soma, to Takumi's embarrassment.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: "Isami" is Japanese, while "Aldini" is Italian, from his mother's side.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike Takumi, Isami doesn't try to appear cool and intimidating, and instead is ready to help anyone, even his brother's declared rival. When Takumi was trying to provoke Soma when the Breakfast Buffet Trial was announced, Isami nicely started to answer Soma's question about Italian breakfasts before Takumi told him to stop. Also during the Moon Banquet Festival preparations, he quickly helped Megumi with her boxes and during the 4th day he offered his help with the noodles before Takumi could finish his boast.
  • Oblivious to Love: Justified, since he is accustomed to all girls looking at Takumi instead of him, as in Shokugeki no Soma ~à la carte~ he also thinks that his Childhood Friend Bianca does. She tells Takumi that she didn't confess to Isami because "He is too dense".
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His defeat and expulsion in the Promotion Exams gives Takumi more personal motivation to get a seat in the Council of Ten.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Although Takumi is the better chef, Isami expresses his desire to surpass his brother.
  • Sibling Team: During their second year, Isami and Takumi have been challenged to a lot of Team Battles, even against graduated students. The Noirs kidnap him in an attempt to cripple Takumi’s chances at the BLUE Tournament.
  • Straight Man: He is this whenever Takumi ends up embarrassing himself with his Hot-Headed persona.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Only during the summer. During his second year, he stays slim even during spring.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both Aldini brothers' names end with "-mi".
  • Took a Level in Badass: According to Erina, both he and Hisako are strong candidates in line for a seat in the Council.
  • Troll: Implied. In an extra, he invites two of Takumi's fangirls to exchange lunch with them, knowing very well that they cook better than the girls. He is smiling widely while the girls got depressed over this.

    Miyoko Houjou 

Miyoko Houjou

Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Kara Greenberg (English)

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Heiress to a Chinese restaurant in Yokohama, Miyoko's specialty are Chinese techniques and wok maneuvers.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Serious, tall, imposing and with a big fanbase, despite the fact she Does Not Like Men; all checked.
  • Character Development: She started as a cold and tough girl with trust issues on men, and was quick to dismiss Megumi when she revealed that she relied on Soma's help. After Megumi demonstrates her real talent at the Autumn Election preliminaries, Miyoko decides to change her attitude towards men and get closer to the staff members of her restaurant.
  • Curtains Matchthe Window: Both her hair and eyes are purple.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After seeing Megumi's performance in the preliminaries and the support she gets from men, she starts to question if her Straw Feminist mindset will really take her anywhere. She eventually stated that she is aiming to be closer to her staff thanks to Megumi's influence.
  • Does Not Like Men: The restaurant her father owns is full of Straw Misogynists who looked down on her cooking skills because of her gender and had tried to drive her out of the kitchen, causing her to have a low opinion of men in general. Most of all to her senior Kuga, because he's too annoying for her. She does, however, respect Soma.
  • Dude Magnet: Has a huge group of guys cheering for her.
  • Foil: For Megumi — where Miyoko is a stern, strong, and man-hating lone wolf, Megumi is shy, humble, trusting and surrounded by men who appreciate her work.
  • Freudian Excuse: The head chef at her family's restaurant told all the other cooks in private that he intended to drive her out, meaning she had to both be better than him and to maintain a defensive attitude against him and the others to keep her place.
  • Graceful Loser: After the preliminaries conclude, she approaches Megumi to give her support for the next round, indicating Megumi earned her respect as a chef.
  • Heir Club for Men: Wants to graduate from Totsuki to be able to manage her family's Chinese restaurant, where all the male cooks underestimate her because of her gender.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Mixed with Statuesque Stunner — she's at least a head taller than Megumi, so much so that when she was reintroduced in the runoff to the Full Moon Banquet she was playing basketball.
  • Jerkass Realization: Admits that she misjudged Megumi when she sees that not only did Megumi outscore her in the preliminaries, but also had the full support of the men in her village. The way she is now, Miyoko simply can't really run a kitchen properly.
  • Out of Focus: Following her elimination from the Autumn Election preliminaries, she wasn't seen again until the Full Moon Banquet, where she serves as a link between Soma (and, by extension, Megumi) and Terunori (who wanted her to join his stall).
  • Perpetual Frowner: She rarely ever smiles, in fact.
  • Qipao: Wears one during the preliminary rounds of the Autumn Election, causing at least one judge to get Nosebleed and most of the guys to go excited.
  • Straw Feminist: Miyoko starts defending Megumi against anyone questioning how she got into the Autumn Election, but withdraws her statement when she hears about Soma helping Megumi, assuming the latter is weak for apparently depending on a guy to help her when in truth Soma mostly just helped her regain her confidence. A flashback reveals most of the chefs she worked with at her family restaurant were Jerkasses, giving her this mindset. However, when she sees that Megumi is her equal or better and has the support of all the men in her village rather than their grudging obedience she resolves to change herself.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In a weird way towards Megumi. She's initially eager to meet her after hearing the stories about how she drew with Shinomiya in a Shokugeki. Megumi then starts to undersell herself, claiming that it was mostly because of Soma that she didn't lose. Miyoko reads this as Megumi riding Soma's coattails and then starts to look down on her. It's later on during the Autumn Elections that she reaffirms that Megumi really is as skilled as she initially believed.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Pins Megumi to the wall when she questions her about her duel with Chef Shinomiya during the Training Camp. She even opens with "I'm interested in you", although the context is not a romantic one.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her signature dishes are made with a special metal wok, and heavier than regular ones.
  • When She Smiles: She finally does this when admits to Megumi that her kindness inspired Miyoko to be friendlier with her staff.

    Nao Sadatsuka 

Nao Sadatsuka

Voiced by: Saori Goto (Japanese), Karlii Hoch (English)

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Erina's first-year stalker, forced to watch her idol from a distance after losing a Shokugeki to Hisako and being handed a 50-meter restraining order. Her speciality is boiled dishes, and despite the food being horrifically pungent, they taste unusually phenomenal.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Has a crush on Erina, constantly speaking about how much she wants Erina to taste her dish and scold her. Later, she begins creeping on Hisako after being thoroughly defeated a second time.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: She stalks Erina. Hisako got an unofficial restraining order for her in middle school, so Nao just sends tons of letters to Erina every day. Later, she grows obsessed with Hisako, who is even more disturbed.
  • Beautiful All Along: When she's drawn in a serious style instead of her cackling witch pose, she's shown to be gorgeous. It only lasts for a single panel, though.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her dishes smell horrible and use unusual ingredients, but the quality of flavor is superior than the average Totsuki student.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She gives the creepy vibe to everyone and is obsessing over Erina (and later Hisako), but she never does any real harm to anyone, aside from sending cursed letters or stalking them. Even after being jealous of Soma for a while, she was open to form a friendship with him after bonding.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted, then played straight, in a manner of speaking. Being beaten in a Shokugeki by Hisako during middle school made Nao hate her even more, but when she ate Hisako's curry dish in the Autumn Election, whereupon Nao develops a crush on Hisako, to her utter disgust.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As if her Stalker with a Crush tendencies didn't make her creepy enough, she has long jet black hair and sickly pale skin that makes her look like ghost.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hisako, as she is her opposite in both appearance and cooking styles. While both specialize in boiled dishes, Nao is gloomy, socially awkward and cooks like a witch, while Hisako is refined, graceful and specializes in medicinal dishes. Also, while Hisako has a big admiration for Erina and is regarded as her only friend, Nao takes this to creepy levels of obsession and Erina barely knows she exists.
  • Expy: To Sadako Yamamura in terms of appearance, as well as to Tomoko Kuroki by way of her creepy obsession with Erina (and later Hisako).
  • Femme Fatalons: She is shown to have long pointy nails to accentuate her witch appearance.
  • Giggling Villain: When alone, Nao tends to do a "Hihihi!" laugh out of nowhere, creeping out anyone around her.
  • Hollywood Restraining Order: Two years ago, she lost to Hisako, and as per Shokugeki stipulation was forced to be no less than 50 meters away from Erina. Too bad it didn't include stalking with binoculars or sending more than 30 letters per day.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: When she sees Hisako behead a living turtle during her Autumn Election quarterfinals match with Akira, Nao grows even more creepily infatuated.
  • Mess on a Plate: The curry dish she made for the Autumn Election prelims looks and smells terrible, but tastes so good the judges can't stop eating it. The reaction of the judges compares it to BDSM.
  • Odd Friendship: Althought she initially intended to harrass Soma for working with Hisako, she connected with him immediately because of their common interest in "repulsive food", which made her "forgive him" and be friendly with each other.
  • Out of Focus: Like Miyoko, she was seldom seen between the Autumn Election preliminaries and the Autumn Banquet.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her long hair covers half of her face.
  • Punny Name: Her name is similar to Sadako and the sada part in both names is written with the same kanji, 貞.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her waist and covers half of her face.
  • Red Baron: "The Boiling Witch".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and she's a creepy stalker.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She's drawn in a slightly more comical style than the rest of the characters, generally hunched over and cackling with her hair a mess. When she gets cleaned up for a single panel imagine spot thanks to Hisako’s cooking, she looks incredibly beautiful. She instantly goes back to normal, however.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: During the Autumn Election she had her hair tied. Once she tasted Hisako's curry, her purification showed her with her hair free.
  • Stalker Shrine: In the anime, it's shown that Nao is making her test runs surrounded by photos of Erina and a doodled-out one of Hisako.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She stalks Erina, but she has to keep to a distance of 50m. Later, she grows infatuated with Hisako, though the latter doesn't seem to have entirely caught on yet, despite being creeped out. Amusingly, the second ED is all about Nao's attempts to stalk Erina and observing her through binoculars.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Wants to take Hisako's spot as Erina's secretary that she challenges her to a Shokugeki; it doesn't work. Since then, Nao attempts to find a way to defeat Hisako. Irony abounds when she turns into a Stalker with a Crush on Hisako after being beat again at the Autumn Election.
  • Wicked Witch: When cooking, she looks more like a witch stirring a cauldron, leading to her title "Boiling Witch". This was even her attire for her Full Moon Banquet stall.

    Urara Kawashima 

Urara Kawashima

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese), Jennifer Gilbert (English)

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Master of Ceremonies of Shokugekis and other competitions at Totsuki. She starts to play a prominent role as announcer for Block B of the 43rd Autumn Election preliminaries.


  • Attention Whore: She gets irritated if someone else steals her thunder.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts all cute and innocent, but curses at Ikumi in a bonus chapter for getting more attention. She also lies about her tastes to make herself look better. She drops the sheep's clothing part after being "brainwashed" by Azami's regime and doesn't bother to hide her unpleasant thoughts.
  • Burger Fool: In the OVA, Urara is working as a maid in the cosplay cafe and doesn't want anyone to find out about this. Fortunately, Takumi doesn't recognize her at all
  • Evil Costume Switch: By the time she is hosting the Regimental Battle, she is wearing a dark Gothic Lolita dress with a new wicked face to show that she fully supports Central.
  • Feigning Intelligence: According to the Omake Chapter 14.5, she states her favorite book is The Little Prince (she never read it) and her favorite movie is Amélie (it's really Drunken Master 2).
  • Flipping the Bird: She flips off the rebels after Soma's and Satoshi's victory against their opponents
  • Foil: To Yua, her polar opposite in personality.
  • Genki Girl: She's a very cheerful and energetic host and keeps the male audience very invested.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As soon as Ikumi appeared on stage, she internally cursed Ikumi and called her a "Holstein cow". She also had the same reaction towards Miyoko Hojou and Alice Nakiri.
  • The Host: Was the MC for the Shokugeki between Soma and Ikumi, and for the Block B of the Autumn Election. She's also the one who announces the details for the Classic. It also seems to be her only role, as she is also a Totsuki student but we never get to see her cooking level.
  • Informed Ability: While her only role is to be the MC of the tournaments, her actual cooking skills are never shown, as she is also a student at Totsuki (She must have some skills, since she survived the Training Camp). Also her comments on the Shokugekis have no useful notes, which are often provided by the contestants or even members of the audience. This is subverted in the OVA, where it's shown that she works at a Cosplay Cafe part-time. Even though they didn't recognize her, Takumi notes that the omurice she made was surprisingly well done.
  • Jerkass: She is a jerk who insults other female students mentally when they gain more attention from the boys.
    • During the Autumn Election Preliminary, as she was ready to wrap the round, Megumi interrupted her because she was still waiting her turn. Afterward, she was hurrying Megumi to present her dish in a rude tone, just because she wanted to have a tie-break between Isami and Miyoko as the finale.
    • After Azami's takeover, she is one of the students sided with Central, to the point that when she is chosen as the host for the Regimental Battle, she openly insults the Rebel Team by calling them "Insolent no-better-than-vomit, detested scoundrels, scum" on open microphone.
  • Karma Houdini: After Central is defeated and Soma regains the respect of the student body, it's never shown her reaction, or a comment on her nasty behaviour during the duels.
  • MRS Degree: Her goal according to Volume 2's Extras is to "Become a Wife". So while cooking skills are seemingly enough to get her through the Training Camp (See Informed Ability) it's clear that her only reason to attend Totsuki isn't to become a chef but to marry one.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Shoko is easily beaten after the latter's introduction.
  • Running Gag: Her getting irritated whenever she loses the audience's attention. Also, if there's a shot of the crowd reacting to her, half of them will be boys cheering wildly, the other half will be girls growling in irritation that she's hogging all of the attention.
  • School Idol: Very popular among the guys due to her role as MC. On the other hand, behind every crowd of boys screaming her name you'll find a bigger crowd of girls boiling with bloodlust.
  • Sore Loser: Even after seeing Soma's and Satoshi's victory against their opponents in their respective battles, she remains in denial and believing Shoko of all people would turn the tide. Unfortunately, Shoko is easily beaten after her lengthy introduction about her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Subverted. During the Regimental Shokugekis, her nastiness reaches such levels that Momo gives her a spoon full of Damask Rose Syrup, which turns her nice for two days. She goes back to normal during the last bout.

    Yua Sasaki 

Yua Sasaki

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese), Margaret McDonald (English)

The other Master of Ceremonies and Urara's counterpart at Block A of the Autumn Election qualifiers.


  • Foil: To Urara, the other Autumn Elections announcer.
  • Girlish Pigtails: How she wears her hair, perhaps to highlight her relatively more innocent personality compared to Urara.
  • Nice Girl: In an Omake, Yua gives the microphone to Madoka Enomoto so she can introduce herself to the viewers, in contrast with Urara, who reluctantly gives her a bit of her spotlight.
  • Shrinking Violet: In stark contrast to Urara, Yua is rather shy and meek, which doesn't help considering that the block she was in charge of announcing includes the likes of Soma and Ryou. Why she's an MC with a personality like hers is anyone's guess.

    Madoka Enomoto 

Madoka Enomoto

Voiced by: Saori Onishi (Japanese), Carolyn Medrano (English)

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A first-year student and a member of the Miyazato Seminar.


  • Early-Bird Cameo: While the manga version doesn't give away her name or year, she appears at the Training Camp cooking next to Marui.
  • Fangirl: Of Marui during the preliminaries of the Autumn Election, as she is seen cheering for him along with the club members.
  • Fan of the Underdog: Subverted. She admires Marui a lot. At the school in general, Marui is one of the least popular of the students, while he is also the most skilled from the Miyazato Seminar.
  • Meganekko: Like many of the members of the Miyazato seminar, she also wears glasses.



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