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This is the page for the characters of Shokugeki no Soma who do not fall into the category of students or staff.
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The Sumire District is Soma's old hometown on the outskirts of Tokyo, where he grew up all his life until his father moved to the United States, enrolling him at his old alma mater, Totsuki.
- Honorary Uncle: One of the Yukihiras' neighbors is an elderly woman who Soma considers his "Grandma". When her hips started to hurt, Soma used his lunch break to deliver her a special bento, which also serves as his inspiration for his Bento themed dish for the Fall Classic.
- Power of Friendship: How the district store owners manage to revive business and defeat Mozuya by combining all their specialities into making the solution work.
- Save Our Team: When economy in the neighborhood starts decreasing, Soma lends a hand to revitalize it and provides a small business that also benefits the other stores around. The day is saved thanks to their collective work as a community.
- Those Two Guys: Soma's group of friends in middle school and Yukihira's regular customers consisted of Aki, Mayumi and two unnamed generic guys.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)
Soma's father, head chef and proprietor of Yukihira, Joichiro travels overseas to cook and leaves his son to study and sharpen his skills at Tōtsuki, where he was a 69th Generation alumnus and Second Seat of the Elite Ten prior to his sudden departure. Despite not completing his education, he holds a reputation for his incredible talents.
- 100% Adoration Rating: As stated by Gin, back in his student days, Jōichirō's charisma attracted people to him whether he liked it or not. Almost everyone in Polar Star Dormitory used to admire him, even Azami. During his second year, he was popular and dreaded at the same time throughout Tōtsuki. Even in the present day, he is very popular with Sōma's friends at the Polar Star Dorm. Erina idolizes him as well. Senzaemon respects him and his cooking almost always receives praise from famous gourmets.
- The only one who didn't like Jōichirō was Jun Shiomi, because back in her school days, he would use her as a test subject for his disgusting dishes. Still she does seem to hold some respect for Jōichirō.
- The Ace: The story frames him as pretty much the best chef there ever was; Soma's goal is to defeat him, Erina idolizes him, and his cooking is wanted almost everywhere he goes. Gin, Totsuki's greatest graduate, considers him to be "the guy to beat", even openly confirms Joichiro's superiority and Azami worships the guy.
- Almighty Janitor: He's spent much of the series either wandering or running a small special-of-the-day shop. He never even graduated from Totsuki despite his fearsome reputation. Nevertheless, Joichiro is a world-class chef and a former Second Seat of the Elite Ten. And even then, by Gin's experiences he actually stood tall even over him, the First Seat of their generation.
- Always Someone Better: Soma quickly establishes to the audience his skill and resourcefulness as a chef by the end of the first chapter. However, he has never won a single time against his father. Isshiki notes that the reason Soma is comfortable challenging those far more skilled than him is the fact that he's been challenging his father for his whole life.
- Even Gin Dōjima, who was regarded as the greatest graduate of Tōtsuki Academy believed that surpassing Jōichiro was an impossible task for him.
- Animal Motifs: Hes occasionally compared to a stray cat. Moody, whimsical, wild and a bit of a troll.
- Bait-and-Switch: Joichiro tells Soma that the one behind the Midnight Chefs' invasion is his "other son", Asahi Saiba. Dojima later reveals that when Joichiro was travelling the world (before Soma's birth), he met Asahi and took him as his apprentice. Out of devotion to him, Asahi took Saiba's last name and wishes to fully inherit Jouchirou's legacy. Jouchirou loved him like his own son.
- Bash Brothers: According to Fumio, he and Gin were in charge of defending the Polar Star Dorms from its many enemies, by barricading the entrance or winning the Shokugekis.
- Behind Every Great Man: A downplayed example, but Joichiro considered his wife, Tamako to be this, which feeds into his advice to Soma that he should find a woman to cook for to improve his abilities.
- Berserk Button: In chapter 196, he gets visibly pissed off at a guy who brushes him off as a genius, instead of acknowledging that his skills came from practice and errors.
- Bishōnen: He's not too bad looking now, but back in his Polar Star days he was mighty handsome.
- Blood Knight: At one point, during the 69th generation, he only wanted more people to challenge him and keep competing against others, that's how he got the name "Asura" (In Hindu mythology, Asuras are powerful beings who are the bitter enemies of the Gods).
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite his incredible talents, he was only the Second Seat of the Council of Ten by the time he hit twelfth-grade due to being frequently late or absent in class, laziness regarding the Council of Ten work, and his penchant for weird dishes.
- Broken Ace: He was this during his student days. Throughout his school tenure, people attributed his successes to "inborn genius", not once looking at all the effort he took to reach where he was now. As he strived to live up to the expectations everyone had in him, Joichiro pushed himself so hard that he even stopped enjoying cooking. Ultimately, the pressure was so much for him that he almost had a mental breakdown. He dropped out at Senzaemon's suggestion to escape the pressure. Fortunately, Joichiro regained his drive and resumed to cook to even greater heights.
- Broken Pedestal: Azami isn't too thrilled about the idea of his idol cooking for mere commoners, or that the school's competative environment is what ultimately drove him to near despair, leading to his drive to reform Totsuki.
- The Bus Came Back: He briefly visited the Polar Star dormitory some time before the Autumn Election, though he stayed for just a few chapters. And again, this time in full force, at the end of Chapter 193, to help his son Soma and his surviving fellow "rebels" Erina, Megumi and Takumi, establish a team Shokugeki against Azami and his loyalists from the Council of Ten.
- Visits Soma after the latter became the First Seat and has a talk with him regarding his ambitions.
- Cerebus Retcon: His and Soma's habit of competing for the most disgusting dish wouldn't come across as funny as it was earlier in the story when one realizes that this was originally his way of coping with the stress of having to fulfill the expectations of everyone around him during his student days.
- Chick Magnet: Seeing Joichiros sex appeal, the Polar Star Dormitory girls begin swooning a little, but since hes too old for them they begin eyeing Soma with anticipation. In a Omake of his school days, he had girls begging him to let them try his failed experiments, as they felt them to be like S&M.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: A side effect of Joichiro's Yukihira Style. Since it relies heavily on brute force experimentation with different ingredients and techniques, even a Supreme Chef like Joichiro is prone to making mistakes. Nevertheless, he can use the trial and error method to remaster his dishes and create new delicious dishes.
- Deuteragonist: Almost EVERY key element of the whole plot is somehow connected to Joichiro.
- The Dreaded: During his school days. After singlehandedly defeating fifty senpais in a shokugeki, Joichiro became famous as the "Asura of cooking". Few months later, Gin and Azami discuss that after that incident, not a single person was left who dared to challenge Joichiro. If anyone came to know that they were going to face Joichiro in a shokugeki, they would immediately pull out. The only ones who dared to take him on were Gin, Azami and sometimes Riko Ebisawa, the then 4th seat of the Council of Ten.
- Friendly Rival: With Gin during their high school days.
- He is also this to his son and protege, Soma.
- The Gadfly: Mainly towards his son in the form of reminding Soma of his win/loss record against good ol' dad, or making fun of him for losing against his old classmate's ward, Akira, in the Autumn Selection finals. Also part and parcel of his standard greeting toward Gin, both as students and in the present.
- The Greatest Style: Joichiro's eclectic Yukihira Style is his preferred mode, which stresses on continuous innovation.
- Humble Hero: Despite being a culinary legend who is frequently hired to work for various high-end restaurants across the world, his own establishment is a small special-of-the-day diner the shopping district of a peaceful Tokyo suburb.
- I Let You Win: It's heavily implied that Jouichiro let Asahi win so that he would face Soma and gains Character Development.
- Irony: Erina judges all chefs by the standards of Joichiro, the "Asura of the Cooking World," and despises Soma for his experimental, trial-and-error style — which is exactly the culinary philosophy Joichiro, the man, lives by. Finding out their connection makes her literally faint from sheer embarrassment.
- Like Father, Like Son: Joichiro makes it obviously clear to the Polar Star residents where Soma gets his personality and culinary quirks from. Later emphasized when Joichiro tells his son the room he is using in the dormitory is the same one he used back in his day. Both of them were members of the Council of Ten when they were students.
- The Maiden Name Debate: He took Tamako's surname after marrying her, which explains why most people do not recognize Soma as his son.
- Master of All: A necessary prerequisite for Joichiro to develop his Yukihira style. He has unparalleled and wide ranging mastery and expertise in diverse culinary styles and exotic ingredients.
- Mysterious Past: At the beginning of the series, Soma mentions that he knew nothing of his dad's past as Joichiro simply refused to talk about it. Turns out he was the ultimate badass of all time in the culinary world. Back in his student days, Joichiro had the habit of winning international culinary competitions against famous professional chefs. He used to be the Second Seat of the 69th generation of the Council of Ten, right under Gin Dojima, the then First Seat and the greatest graduate of Totsuki. Even then, out of 121 shokugekis against Joichiro, Gin won only twenty matches. Many years later, Gin openly admitted inferiority to Soma's father. Azami, who was a prodigy and became the First Seat after Gin, worships Joichiro, to the point that he started a revolution to avenge his beloved senpai. Back in those days, Joichiro instituted the first Regimente de Cuisine, single handedly crushed fifty upperclassmen, acquired his infamous nickname, Asura, and was thereafter dreaded by other students of Totsuki. Many years later, Azami's daughter, Erina also idolized him.
- No Badass to His Valet: Joichiro is easily one of the best chefs in the series with incredibly desirable food, able to satisfy even Erina. To Soma and the rest of the Polar Star Dormitory, his quirks and habits are more acknowledged. To Soma in particular, he is just "Dad".
- Noodle Incident: Despite being the Second Seat during his time at Totsuki, Jouichiro never graduated, claiming "A lot of things happened." It is later revealed that Joichiro crumbled under the pressure of being the best.
- One-Man Army: Back in his student days he took on fifty students in a mass Shokugeki and utterly crushed them.
- Poor Communication Kills: Joichiro often likes to keep his past secret by sharing little to no information, which tics off both Gin and Soma. Joichiro rarely answers Soma's calls, leaving the poor guy to his own devices. Played straight when Joichiro never mentioned anything to Soma about Asahi Saiba until its too late. It is a rude shock for Soma when Asahi starts executing his plan and Joichiro only tells Soma after the latter asked him. Even then Joichiro didn't bother to tell Soma that he was defeated by Asahi.
- The Power of Love: Invoked at the end of the first chapter, telling Soma "...the secret to becoming a good chef is meeting a woman that will make you want to give all the food you make her." Unfortunately, his son hangs up the phone call before hearing his advice.
- Rated M for Manly: Due to his appearance, physique and incredibly masculine aura.
- Red Baron: "Asura of Cookery"note and "Wandering Chef".
- Respected by the Respected: Senzaemon, Azami, Erina, Gin and many industry heads of the culinary world consider Joichiro to be a legend.
- Shrouded in Myth: Joichiro's reputation precedes before him. Only a select few know about his exalted culinary skills. Senzaemon himself has lot of respect for Joichiro. It often comes as a shock that Soma is Joichiro's son.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: That was how Joichiro had mentored Soma. He used to hurl difficult challenges and tasks at his son, forcing the latter to think on his feet and cultivate an innovative mindset through sheer effort.
- So Proud of You: Joichiro is very proud of his son's achievements and determination. He had never wanted Soma to follow his footsteps for fear that his son would suffer the same fate as him, but Soma proved him wrong. He encourages Soma to pursue a glamorous career and even admits that in some ways, Soma has already surpassed him. Soma declines, declaring that he wants to take over the family diner, after proving his calibre by surpassing Erina and Asahi.
- Stealth Mentor: To Asahi, as detailed above in I Let You Win.
- Supreme Chef: Along with being a former Second Seat, Joichiro has such a great reputation that when he returned to the high-class cuisine circuit world, figures such as leading medical researchers and politicians began flocking to him to get a bite. In fact, his food is so good that it can make head priests give up their religion and strip in public to get some! Even Erina and Azami are awed by his dishes and idolize him, and Gin, seen by most as the greatest to ever walk out of Totsuki, considers beating him to be his great unachievable goal.
- Talented, but Trained: While Joichiro did have a gift for cooking, he always put a lot of effort in cultivating that talent to improve his dishes. The fact that everyone around him kept writing him off as a genius was an endless source of frustration for him. In order to relieve some stress, he tried to cope by cooking disgusting dishes, hoping it would knock the expectations down a peg or two.
- Teen Genius: Deconstructed. Back in his Totsuki days Joichiro was praised for his knowledge and skill at cooking. However, most chalked it up to "inborn talent", with little to no recognition of all the effort he put into his dishes. Eventually, the pressure was too much for him, and he nearly had a mental breakdown. Senzaemon suggested that he drop out of Totsuki to escape from the pressure of it all.
- Took a Level in Kindness: According to Fumio, Joichiro in the present is absolutely nothing like the brash youth during his Totsuki days.
- Tragic Dropout: The reason why he didn't graduate from Totsuki is due to the pressure of people who thought that his talents came from innate skill rather than hard work.
- Trickster Mentor: For Soma, who gives him a meager allowance once in a while (despite traveling and working around the world). He also never formally taught Soma any formal cooking skills and encouraged him to find his own answers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Gin have a long history as the two best chefs of the Polar Star Dormitory during their student days. Gin's first reaction when they run into each other after so many years is to scold him for not contacting him , calling him an "stray dog". The very next scene has them having drinks and talking about the past.
- Walking the Earth: He's constantly traveling around the world, hence his nickname the "Wandering Chef".
- The Worf Effect: Gets defeated offscreen by his "son" (actually disciple) Asahi to establish the latter. Subverted, when after defeating Asahi, Soma disputes Asahi's claim that he surpassed Joichiro, because Joichiro's abilities far exceeded those of Asahi's.
- World's Best Warrior: He's a strong contender for "best chef in the series" if not the entire world. His reputation is particularly far-reaching even compared to the various Totsuki Alumni who tend to be dominant in one region of the world. Doujima even confirmed that he is the best amongst the 69th generation.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was alluded to way back in the first chapter, responsible for inspiring Joichiro and Soma but it is only 310 chapters later that she makes her first true appearance.
- Epic Fail: 90% of her dishes were disgusting to an entirely new level.
- Foil: To her husband Joichiro. While the two share many personality traits, Tamako was a Lethal Chef who occasionally made decent dishes. In stark contrast, Joichiro is an exalted Supreme Chef who occasionally makes revolting dishes. Their son Soma acquired Tamako's creative personality and Joichiro's skills.
- Hero's Muse: To Joichiro and Soma. Joichiro appreciated her bizarre creativity. Soma first learnt cooking when his mother taught him the fried rice dish. He admired his mom for enjoying cooking without any regard for the result and her ideals formed the basis of his cooking. Soma dedicates his dish to her when he faces off against Asahi at the BLUE semifinals.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: When wearing her restaurant outfit, Tamako looked like a genderbent version of Soma, except with spiky blonde hair.
- Lethal Chef: A rare example in the series where almost the entire cast, especially her husband and her son are supreme chefs. In spite of being the daughter of a restaurant owner, Tamako was a horrible chef. She had the tendency to mix bizarre ingredients her husband wouldn't even think of. Her father was used to her failure dishes. There were times when she made decent dishes, especially the fried rice. Strangely the customers viewed this to be amusing, placing bets on whether Tamako's dish would be a hit or a fail.
- Like Mother, Like Son: Soma's attitude was influenced by her, right down to his refusal to give up in the face of failure.
- Posthumous Character: She died five years prior to the main storyline. She only appears in Soma's flashbacks when the latter explains about her at the BLUE competition.
- Shared Family Quirks: Tamako was blithe, just like Joichiro and Soma and they all share the tendency to create disgusting dishes.
- The Social Expert: She got along well with the customers and she was somehow able to help Joichiro recover from his depression.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She had the same face as her son, except with spiky blonde hair
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)
Soma's childhood friend and regular client of the Yukihira, Mayumi appears in the pilot chapter, but lacks presence in the story.
- Advertised Extra: Judging by her appearance on the Shonen Jump front cover with Soma and Erina, one would think she was meant to be a heroine. However, Mayumi does not reappear until Soma returns to the Yukihira, and disappears from the story again when Soma returns to Totsuki. Suspiciously Similar Substitute is also in play when Megumi is essentially a replacement of her.
- Butt-Monkey: Frequently a victim of Soma's experiments before he left for Totsuki.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her classmate Aki tries to encourage her to confess to Soma before he departs for Totsuki. Even when Soma returns briefly, she still keeps quiet about her crush on him.
- Can't Catch Up: The way she feels when Soma starts attending a super-chef academy, especially reinforced when Ikumi is brought on-board to help him with the district store owners, who is physically stunning and skilled in culinary. Mayumi, however, wants to help Soma in any way possible.
- Childhood Friend: Ikumi thinks Mayumi is an old, close friend of Soma's. However, even though they've known each other since kindergarten, they didn't really speak together much until middle school with Mayumi being surprised Soma even remembers anything about her from before then.
- Decoy Protagonist: You'd be forgiven for thinking she'd be Soma's love interest and main female character at the beginning. In actuality, she isn't much more than a minor character in the story.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She admits to herself that Soma's squid experiments taste a bit good. Since the reaction to his experiments are akin to being groped by tentacles, she states she likes it happening to her, which implies she may be a Covert Pervert.
- Fangirl: Of Soma. Even after deciding that Joichiro's dishes are better, she still says that Soma's cooking is almost as good.
- Foil: While both are the same age and share a crush for Soma, Mayumi is shy, small and petite compared to Ikumi.
- Nice Girl: She's kind, if perhaps a little too timid.
- The Reliable One: Soma tells her he always noticed how Mayumi took care of everything back in elementary school, which is why he trusts her with helping the Sumire shop and their karaage business before he returns to Totsuki.
- Shrinking Violet: Much like Megumi, Mayumi is quite submissive.
- Those Two Girls: With her classmate Aki, another regular customer of Yukihira.
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)
One of Soma's neighbors, chairman of the Sumire Shopping District and the second-generation owner of the convenience store Tomitaya.
- The Bus Came Back: After not appearing at all once the Sumire mini-arc was done, Yuuya helps Soma's booth at the Full Moon Banquet to provide him some benches and taste Soma's new dish to counter Terunori's.
- Comfort Food: He and a few others lingered on in Yukihira during Soma's brief vacation, depressed over lagging sales; Soma lampshades and asks them why they're buying dinner when they should be having money troubles. Yuuya asks for seconds.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: He uses this when trying to investigate Mozuya.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime, he appeared in Episode 1 as part of the clientele watching Soma and Joichiro's cook-off. In the manga, he did not debut until Chapter 35.
- Eureka Moment: Even though he suggests adding rice to the fried chicken and dismisses his own idea immediately, this is what finally gives Soma the idea to make the karaage roll.
- A Friend in Need: He comes to Soma and Megumi's aid during the Full Moon Banquet to provide their stall with benches as well as be a taste-tester.
- Harsh Word Impact: He gets this from Kinu Nakamozu, when she chews him out for depending on teenagers to save his business. Every insult towards him pierces his head like arrows.
- Nervous Wreck: He is often seen crying and freaking out in most of his scenes. Justified, however, given the dire straits Sumire District suffered due to Mozuya's arrival.
- You Remind Me of X: Ikumi frequently kept comparing him to Kanachi because of their mood swings and nervousness. Ironically, they both even share the same Japanese voice actor.
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fujii (Japanese), Katelyn Barr (English)
Mayumi's best friend and an old schoolmate of Soma prior to his departure for Totsuki.
- Satellite Character: Her main purpose is to be around Mayumi and constantly remind her over how she failed to express her unrequited feelings for Soma before he left for Totsuki.
- Shipper on Deck: She encourages Mayumi to confess her feelings for Soma. When he returns to Sumire, she manages to set Mayumi as Soma's "tester", so they can have quality time together.
- Those Two Girls: With Mayumi.
World Gourmet Organization
The World Gourmet Organization (WGO) evaluates the restaurants of haute cuisine and awards the best restaurants up to three stars. Every year, their evaluation is published in a guide that is commonly called "The Bible" or "The Book", while their examiners are called "The Bookmen".
- Fictional Counterpart: The WGO is based on the French company Michelin, which publishes a hotel- and restaurant guide, the Guide Michelin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: They have zero stakes with either the Rebels or Azami's conglomerate, and are simply present as perfect, impartial judges with fantastic palates and high hopes.
Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese)
A First Class examiner of the WGO, who serves as one of the three judges of the Team Shokugeki, the Régiment de Cuisine, between Azami's Council of Ten and the Totsuki "rebels".
- A-Cup Angst: She reacts violently when her colleagues call her body "meager".
- Butt-Monkey: Is this to her seniors, Courage and Decora.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: She took one drink and got drunk instantly.
- Drunken Master: According to Histoire, her palate and sensitivity sharpens when she consumes alcohol, thus becoming a more effective judge.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first thing she does when she sees that Soma is wearing a shirt with his restaurant's name on it? Look up the restaurant in The Bible. When she can't find it there, she says that she doesn't hold that "fault" against Soma. She later admitted she just made fun of him, but still makes it clear that the Yukihira diner having no stars has nothing to do with Soma's dish that she is about to evaluate.
- Everyone Has Standards: She quickly shuts up the crowd with a single "Quiet." when they attempt to insult Soma and the food he serves. When it comes to evaluating food, regardless of one's background, she will strictly act like a Consummate Professional.
- Fangirl: Downplayed, but she was apparently impressed with Soma, Megumi and Takumi's performance at the Regiment de Cuisine. She was the one who nominated them for BLUE. She suspects the three of them might have what her boss calls "superhuman talent".
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes all the way down to her hips.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark green hair.
A Second Class examiner of the WGO, who serves as one of the three judges of the Team Shokugeki, the Régiment de Cuisine, between Azami's Council of Ten and the Totsuki "rebels".
Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese)
A Second Class examiner of the WGO, who serves as one of the three judges of the Team Shokugeki, the Régiment de Cuisine, between Azami's Council of Ten and the Totsuki "rebels".
- Meaningful Name: He greatly enjoys the origins and history of dishes and food in general, as befitting his name, Histoire, which is the French word for "history".
The estranged mother of Erina and daughter of Senzaemon, Mana is the mysterious CEO of World Gourmet Organization who organizes the prestigious BLUE competition. She's also known as the Bookmaster.
- Affably Evil: She is rather friendly towards Soma and friends and requests Takumi to defeat Erina.
- Ambiguous Gender: No one is initially sure about her gender, though for convenience sake people assume her to be a male. Well, until Mana's true identity is revealed in chapter 300, at least.
- Ambiguously Evil: She seems to be this as she encouraged the Noirs to participate at BLUE and is biased towards them. She simply ignores the Noirs strongarming their opponents within BLUE.
- Archnemesis Mom: Mana cares nothing for the traditional chefs and sabotages the BLUE competition to oust her own daughter, Erina.
- Bias Steamroller: She snubs the traditional chefs, deeming them to be far inferior to the Noirs.
- Blessed with Suck: Just like her daughter, she also has the "God's Tongue." It's implied that her exceptionally refined palate led her body to reject any kind of food entirely, forcing her to get her nutrients through an IV bag.
- Blue and Orange Morality: She has some seriously questionable morals as she invited actual criminals to participate at BLUE, just because she was bored of eating dishes from the traditional chefs. She also has the gall to express that the traditional chefs (many of them highly reputed chefs) this year are merely to serve as fodder for the Noirs. She doesn't even bat an eye when the Noirs blatantly sabotage their opponents. Other bookmen describe her to be a capricious person. The Bookmaster justifies all her actions in the name of fulfilling their culinary whims.
- Mana has been absent from Erina's life for many years. She wants Erina to lose at BLUE because she disdains her God Tongue. Her expression makes it clear that she doesn't want anything to do with Erina's wellbeing.
- The Chessmaster: She organizes the BLUE competition in an effort to try and oust Erina.
- The Faceless: When she's first introduced, Mana's face is hidden in the shadows. By the time of chapter 300, we finally get to see what Mana's really like.
- First World Problems: She claims that she has eaten virtually all gourmet dishes and got bored. So she invited the Noirs for novelty sake.
- Chapter 304 reveals her motive to be a bit more reasonable than "boredom." Every single Nakiri to possess the "God Tongue" has eventually become incapable of enjoying any food at all and dies of despair, with the implication that the inability to enjoy any food drives them to kill themselves. Mana is so close to this point that she has to keep herself sustained with an IV bag.
- Foil: She is one to her husband, Azami Nakiri.
- Azami stressed on rigid culinary perfection while Mana stresses on unorthodox culinary "superpowers".
- Azami was attentive towards Erina in a twisted manner and went to deplorable lengths to cultivate the God Tongue. Mana, on the other hand, is callous towards Erina and has no need for her God Tongue.
- In the Blood: Her lineage comes from the Nakiri family, being the daughter of Senzaemon and mother of Erina.
- Irony: For someone who cannot enjoy real food, Mana Nakiri is the head of the World Gourmet Organisation. This is likely because her God Tongue has become so refined she can't enjoy real food anymore.
- Jerkass: Mana is a neglectful jerk who is perfectly willing to sabotage the BLUE competition in order to oust her own daughter, Erina. Her standards are so absurdly high that even Soma's best efforts aren't enough to warrant praise from her (even though his dish evoked an unprecedented magnitude of the Nakiri blessings from her, no less). And towards the end of the series, she sets an impossible task for both Erina and Soma which they have to accomplish within three hours.
- Karma Houdini: She abandoned her family, played blatant favorites with the Noirs, sabotaged Erina's matches and was willing to sell her only daughter to a creep. In the end, everyone acts like none of these things ever happened and Erina is just so happy to cook for her mother.
- Missing Mom: Due to the curse of the God Tongue, Mana has been absent from Erina's life for at least over a decade.
- The Nudifier: She shares with her family the ability to blow people's clothes off when she tastes good food. Hers is even more powerful than her father or her brother Soe's, as she causes an entire stadium of people to lose their clothes after tasting Asahi's dish in chapter 308. She unleashes an even more potent version when tasting Soma's dish.
- Parental Neglect: Mana is callous towards Erina. She nonchalantly agreed to hand over Erina as a prize to Asahi Saiba, should he ever win BLUE. This is knowing full well that Mana is not Erina's legal guardian and that this is being done against Erina's will.
- Post-Final Boss: Soma accomplished the impossible by defeating Asahi Saiba and unleashing Mana's bursting and stripping techniques on an unprecedented magnitude, something that several highly accomplished chefs, including Senzaemon were unable to achieve. Instead of congratulating him, Mana bluntly tells him that this was only a proper gourmet, and not the extraordinarily fantastic dish she wanted (which she herself was unable to achieve). No wonder Erina is suffering from depression. The final match of BLUE is essentially Soma and Erina going against Mana.
- The Proud Elite: She's a consummate gourmet who is wealthy enough to conduct the prestigious BLUE competition. As it later turns out, the Bookkeeper is Mana Nakiri, Senzaemon's daughter and Erina's mother.
- The Reveal: Mana's true identity is revealed in chapter 300, much to the shock of Erina's friends.
- Shrouded in Myth: She is regarded to be an ultimate gourmet. Being her personal chef is the highest honor coveted by chefs across the world.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Mana and Erina share similar appearances.
- Underestimating Badassery: Upon meeting Soma, she greatly underestimates his skills since he is not a Noir. That is, until she tries out his fried rice dish.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Many people assume that the Bookkeeper is a male until her true identity is revealed in chapter 300.
- Unusual Eyebrows: She has short patches of hair in place of proper eyebrows. It was a mark of Japanese nobility in the past.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard not to talk about Mana without mentioning a huge twist that occurs in Chapter 300.
DEF Kitchen ChildrenThe DEF Kitchen has classes to teach young children from grades Kindergarten to the 2nd grade how to cook. There is also a class for housewives and middle aged women. The vegetables used in the classroom are supplied by Satoshi Isshiki who sells the vegetables grown in the Polar Star Dormitory plantation. Satoshi helps the school, usually teaching the housewives class due to his popularity with them. Another woman teaches the children's class. Soma and Megumi act as substitute teachers for the children for a day and managed to get the kids interested in cooking by different methods.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Many of the kids tended to play with their toys or the instruments instead of doing the classes. Soma and Megumi managed to get their attention by carving the vegetables into cartoon figures. In the case of Shouta, the teacher gets impressed when Soma actually managed to make him focus on cutting vegetables himself.
- Bratty Half-Pint: As noted quickly, Kanon is also the eldest kid in the class (12 years old). She took the longest to open up to Soma.
- Cheerful Child: The class is full of them. Kanon has trouble admitting it, though.
- Chekhov's Gift: Although it isn't mentioned until Chapter 63, Soma tells Ryoko that the kids gave him a lot of candy, including educational candy◊, which gives Soma an inspiration for his bento in the quarterfinals.
- Dirty Kid: One of the kids is peeking under Megumi's skirt. In "A la Carte", another (or the same kid) is grabbing Ryoko's boobs.
- Fragile Flower: According to the teacher, Ai-chan is very prone to crying, until Megumi gives her more confidence to handle the knife.
- Girlish Pigtails: Kanon, who also wears Proper Tights with a Skirt.
- Mouthy Kid: Kanon is more prominent, as she interrupted Megumi's intent to encourage her.
- Tsundere: Kanon is very cold and aloof until Soma manages to catch her interest in cooking.
Voiced by: Izumi Chiba (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
A ruthless businesswoman and land shark looking for land to develop at the expense of local businesses. Her latest target was Restaurant Yukihira until Soma's dish put an end to her endeavors.
- Alpha Bitch: She doesn't stop until she gets what she wants, has two mooks around her and doesn't hesitate to play dirty.
- Insult Backfire: Intending to offend Soma, she calls Yukihira's a "failure". Right after, Soma taunts her by telling that the addictive dish she liked so much originated by a "failure".
- Ms. Fanservice: Aside from being very well endowed, she also bears the dubious honor of becoming Soma's first "foodgasm" victim.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She did this while gloating after destroying all of Yukihira's stock.
- Starter Villain: She and her team are the first task Soma faces to protect his restaurant.
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
One of the students who attempted to enter Totsuki alongside Soma. His family owns a French restaurant.
- Jerkass: Once he hears Soma's restaurant is an Special-Of-The-Day, he kicks him off the bench and insults him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Instantly bails out upon realizing that Erina will be judging his cooking. Season 1 Episode 2's Eye Catch even features him bawling his eyes out as he scampers out of Totsuki.
- Spoiled Brat: Like many of the rich kids that intend to study at Totsuki, Nikaido snubs Soma as soon as he learns his origins and starts crying to his parents over the phone once Erina was revealed as his examiner.
- Straw Loser: Despite his arrogance and family background, he is immediately intimidated when it is revealed that Erina is the examiner, hinting that he would be no match for the rigorous standards of Totsuki as a whole.
- Upper-Class Twit: His first scene shows him drinking a cup of tea on a bench while waiting for his entrance examination. When meeting Soma, he immediately assumes Soma's restaurant must be a High-Class one like his, only to reject him immediately once he is told it's just a middle-class business.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Not only he is a One-Shot Character, but he also fled from the entrance exam before showing some skills.
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Head of Mozuya, a Kyoto-based karaage chain under Etsuya's consulting that threatens the Sumire District as part of its expansion plan in Kanto.
- Animal Motif: Fittingly a snake, one of the Imagine Spots even paints her with a fork tongue.
- Arc Villain: To the Sumire arc, who is also under the supervision of Etsuya Eizan, who seems to be the bigger bad.
- Berserk Button: Gets offended when Soma challenges to make a better karaage in her shop.
- Eyes Always Shut: Unless she gets pissed, overly cocky or surprised.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride and overconfidence. Had she done something from the beginning, Mozuya might have countered Soma, but she was too confident that Soma wouldn't have a chance and thus didn't investigate him any further, like Eizan instructed her to do. What she didn't count on was that the Sumire Karaage Roll was possible because of the cooperation of all the businesses in that neighborhood. She also refused to contact Eizan when the profits dropped, as she didn't want to rely on a teenager anymore to fix her situation.
- Hypocrite: She insults Yuuya Tomita for depending on teenagers to save his business, but Mozuya owes some of its success to her consultant, Etsuya Eizan, who's also a Totsuki student.
- Just a Kid: A mindset she had of both Soma and Etsuya (whom she also considers a brat, even planning on cutting ties with him). It winds up costing her dearly.
- Ma'am Shock: She takes offense when a couple of kids in the street market call her Oba-san.
- Motor Mouth: In the anime, she describes the complete preparation of Mozuya's Karaage in short time.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Etsuya ordered her to call him if a business rival tried doing something. However, she was so confident that Soma was beneath her that she failed to do so. Without Etsuya's help, Soma trounces Mozuya easily.
- Oh, Crap!: When she notices fewer and fewer customers are coming to Mozuya. She heads to Sumire and sees it packed to the brim with people waiting in line to try Soma's karaage.
- Underestimating Badassery: Thinks Soma was just talking big when he challenges Mozuya's karaage. Few days later, the crowd of customers near her shop dwindles as they hear of Sumire's superior version.
Mamoru MitamuraThird generation owner of Western Cuisine Mitamura, a restaurant suffering from sudden waves of clients coming from the new bullet train station. He is the first boss from Soma and Hisako's first Stagiaire week.
- Benevolent Boss: While wanting to retain the tradition, he also accepts Soma and Hisako's suggestions on how to improve the service of the restaurant and keep serving all of his gradfather's recipes.
- Fanboy: He is so thrilled to have Totsuki students as his employees that the first thing he does is to ask Soma and Hisako their autographs.
- The Generic Guy: His design is very simple, which goes according to his good-natured personality.
- Nice Guy: He is very considerated towards his regular patrons, as he still remembered how to prepare the dish for a client who couldn't go there for a while.
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Natsume and Orie Sendawara), Taketora (Osaji Kita), Eiji Takemoto (Shingo Andou), Hiroshi Yanaka (Makito Miyatozaka) and Hideyuki Umezu (Shigenoshin Kouda)
A selection of special guests assigned to judge the cooking dishes for the 43rd Autumn Election. The most featured of the judging panel are the twin sisters Natsume and Orie Sendawara, former poster-children and current head-owners of the Haubii Foodstuff, as well as the sponsors of the current edition. They are accompanied by Osaji Kita, head of the "Kita Gastronomy Club", Shingo Andou, essayist of fine cuisine and influential food critic, Makito Miyatozaka, executive producer of the food-based television Show "Is That A Kitchen?", gourmet Shigenoshin Kouda and four other judges.
The judges for the Quarterfinals consisted of Totsuki's Director Senzaemon Nakiri, Ooizumi (chairman of Japanese Food Industrial Assembly), Saotome (a director of Japan Gourmet Association) and two other unnamed judges.
- Broken Base: In-Universe, during the preliminaries they were heavily divided between Soma and Akira's curries. While the latter "wins" by one point, the former has three judges awarding him higher individual scores.
- The Bus Came Back: The Sendawara twins, Shingo and Osaji reappear as Erina's customers for the final day of the Full Moon Banquet.
- For the "Survivors Hunt", Ooizumi and Saotome reappear as judges for the Block D.
- Caustic Critic: Although the candidates are afraid of the Sendawara sisters as judges, the others are equally, if not, more stern than the twins.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Little by little, the judges start literally melting away because of how delicious the dishes are becoming from the top competitors.
- When the audience begins dismissing Megumi, Orie notices her carving a hanging monkfish and tries to get into the cooking area at any cost for a closer look, a sign she is getting impressed.
- After a while of not giving high points, Natsume starts getting consecutive foodgasms from the skilled participants.
- When commenting about Yuuki's "Wild Game" curry, Osaji invites her to visit his Gourmet Club any day, while Shingo lightly blushes, attributing the tasty dish to Yuuki's perky personality.
- Fat and Skinny: From the Block B, aside from Orie, the two other judges with lines are this, with Osaji Kita as the Fat and Shingo Andou as the Skinny.
- Happy Flashback: During Alice and Soma's match, the latter's dish makes the judges regress to their childhoods, since his bento made them feel like kids opening a tresure chest.
- Honor Before Reason: Subverted during the Takumi vs. Subaru match. The judges were disgusted by Subaru's ethic as a chef because he copied Takumi instead of presenting his own cooking, but they still had to make their decisions based on the food itself.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The Sendawara twins are supposed to be identical (as can be seen in their childhood picture), but they have different hairstyles, wear very different clothing and their beauty marks are on the opposite side of their faces (Natsume's under her left eye, and Orie's on her right side), so their appearances are distinct from each other.
- I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Orie offers Satoshi to ditch Totsuki to work for her, with a salary bonus as an added incentive; he declines. Likewise, Natsume offers Akira a spot in her company, but his refusal makes her want him even more.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The Sendawara twins are both very ladylike, but Orie (light) is more the more gentle and soft-spoken of the two, while Natsume (dark) is cold, arrogant and very harsh with her words.
- Literal Metaphor: Invoked by three of the judges' reaction after tasting Soma's dish, which causes such an impact on them that they can feel it like punches.
- Masochist's Meal: The judges' reaction to Nao's curry makes them feel like this, since it's a painfully bad smelling dish, but they are bound to enjoy the flavor.
- Ms. Fanservice: The Sendawara twins, a pair of beautiful Ojous who arrive in revealing dresses and are treated as celebrities by the student body.
- No Name Given: Four judges of the Preliminaries and three from the Quarterfinals are only extras with little to no lines.
- Nosebleed: One of the judges has this when watching Miyoko cook
- Ojou: The Sendawara twins are CEOs of a famous curry brand and are very rich and important. They seem to view the competitors as pets they can purchase at whim, and have a very high standard for the curry dishes.
- Out of Focus:
Makito: "Shut up, minor character!"
- The four unnamed judges for the preliminary brackets. Lampshaded by Makito towards one of them:
- The unnamed judges for the quarterfinals are also quite forgettable. The one notable characteristic is that they're a group of old folk.
- Polar Opposite Twins: While both sisters are capricious, Natsume is more serious, hot-blooded, proud and her clothes are more sexy, while Orie is calm, flirty and more flexible, dressing in cuter dresses.
- Picky Eater
- While the Sendawara sisters are initially seen as the only difficult ones, competitors discover the other judges can be as critical as them.
- Osaji, after complimenting one competitor for his work, awards a very low score, reminding him that he cannot serve something meager when each judge expects a world-class gourmet. To that end, Natsume refuses to give a single point or take more than a bite unless it's visually spectacular.
- Even when the most talented first-years serve their dishes, the judges can still identity flaws and award a less-than-perfect score, which is scary as even a single point is the difference between making it to the next round of the Autumn Election and failing.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Orie is selfish and spoiled, but she takes her duties as a judge seriously. When Osaji wanted to reject Naos dish without even trying it based on the smell, she gives it a fair chance even if shes completely disgusted. When the Sendawara sisters reappear, among their first actions was to defend Erina from her father Azami.
- Ooizumi and Saotome intend to make a fair judgement during the Survivors Hunt and prevent Central from corrupting the proccess. They even greet Soma and Takumi when they see them again and Ooizumi expresses how glad he is by listening to Takumi's Badass Boast against the Central recruits.
- Spoiled Brat/Rich Bitch: The Sendawara twins, which is justified considering they're the sponsors for current tournament. This comes to a head when Orie starts asking for the profiles of all the best students in the competition akin to picking pets from the store.
- Stunned Silence: The reaction the judges of the B Group get from Alice's dish. Even Shingo, who is a renowed essayist, is left speechless, with no words to describe the experience.
- The Quiet One: Shingo, whom Osaji describes as "like a dead tree" and speaks mostly in whispers.
Voiced by: Seiichiro Yamashita (Japanese), Joe Daniels (English)
SHINO's Sous Chef and recently appointed as the Head Chef of the Tokyo Branch.
- Death Glare: He is often glaring at Soma for many reasons, first for his care-free relationship towards Shinomiya and became more frequent when Soma showed his inexperience at the kitchen.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He briefly appeared in Shinomiya's flashback during the Training Camp, almost 80 chapters before he makes an actual appearance during Soma's second intern challenge.
- Fanboy: Admires his boss Shinomiya very much, and is more than happy to be able to run errands for him, despite Shinomiya being a very Stern Teacher who is rarely nice to him. This is the reason why he gets jealous when he sees Soma getting along so casually with Shinomiya.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is quite jealous of Soma's friendly relationship with Shinomiya, even though it took so long for Abel to even have drinks with him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Strict as he might be, he is right on the nose when he calls Soma out for slowing down the kitchen with his inexperience (despite his cocky attitude).
- Irony: His jealousy of Soma's relationship with Shino is extra ironic given Soma's role in defrosting Shinomiya.
- Number Two: He was recently appointed as Head Chef of SHINO's Tokyo whenever Shinomiya would take charge in France.
- Pet the Dog:
- He is on the receiving end by Shinomiya, when his boss, after months of hard work, finally invites him to get drinks after work. Although, according to the the light novels, Shinomiya invited all of his staff for drinks, not just Abel.
- He's also on the giving end when he recommends Soma's dish during the restaurant's grand opening.
- Stern Teacher: Aside from Kojirou not giving Soma any feedback, Abel is the most strict towards him.
- Undying Loyalty: He tries really hard to be in Shinomiya's good graces and works hard for the business.
Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)
SHINO's Tokyo Head Boucher Chef.
- Genki Girl: She is very quick to be cheerful towards Soma.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Along with Hinako, as she also gets her share of face-lifts and gets tied up by her boss.
- Prayer Pose: Before their Trial Run, Lucie is seen praying God to watch over her during the shift.
- Tomboy: Has short hair and in her casual clothes is mostly in sneakers and shorts.
- Youthful Freckles: Has a spunky and upbeat personality.
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)
SHINO's Tokyo Head Hostess. She is in charge of the customers and taking the orders.
- Almighty Janitor: Soma is later told that Wei was originally the head of the meat section at SHINO's Paris. She chose to be Head Hostess because her entries were chosen once in two years and she thought she might improve by learning more about the customers.
- The Face: Her job is to attend the customers and take their orders.
- Straight Man: Genderflipped. In an extra, she has to remind Kojirou that their budget is tight, before he grabs a calculator and verifies that they can afford to drink one of the good wines. She still says that they shouldn't if he's going to calculate so frenetically.
- Token Minority: While Abel and Lucie are French, she is Chinese, while her boss Shinomiya is Japanese.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is Girly Girl next to Lucie's Tomboy.
GrâceGrâce is a tomato shop owner who meets Kojirou Shinomiya in Paris, France.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: To the point Kojirou compares her to Megumi.
- Meaningful Name: Grâce's, like Megumi's name, both mean "Blessing".
- You Remind Me of X: Kojirou kept compairing her to Megumi everytime she did something clumsy or cried.
HerveOwner and chef of a small bistro located in Paris, France. After Kojirou gets fired from the last restaurant he was working at, he offers him the job and place to crash. After Dugarry offered Shinomiya a job, Herve gave his old recipe books to the young man, who fondly treasures them.
- Broken Bird: As told by his wife, Herve got dismotivated from cooking, so him doing dinner that very night was a very rare thing. Kojirou is later told that Herve had a son, whom he had a very distant relationship. He died before making up with Herve, which made him resent neglecting him for his job.
- MayDecember Romance: Kojirou initially thought Rebecca was his daughter, and is shocked to find out that she is his wife (second wife, actually).
- Parental Neglect: Herve was so determined to succeed as a chef that he neglected his wife and son Clement, leading to a divorce. Clement died in a motor accident, on Herve's birthday when the latter wanted to make amends with him. Since then, that memory haunted Herve.
Les Cuisiniers Noirs a.k.a The Midnight Chefs
A syndicate of chefs who work privately for Mafia organisations. They are the current threat to Erina's Tōtsuki administration. Its common for them to stake their lives and are Killed Off for Real if their dish has even the slightest flaw or shortcoming.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: They are pretty smug about their superior skills compared to the light chefs.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A twisted example. Do not be fooled by their ridiculous outfits and mannerisms. They mean business when it comes to cooking.
- To the light chefs. Throughout the gates of BLUE, the Noirs have been consistently outperforming their light counterparts. The Bookmaster lampshades this, stating that the light chefs this year are merely to serve as fodder for the Noirs. Unlike the light chefs, the Noirs use highly unorthodox methods and implements to cook dishes.
- Central is also made up of arrogant elitists, but while they pride themselves on their ability to follow "perfect" cooking methods, Noir chefs tend to be better at thinking outside the box and using unusual cooking methods.
- I Work Alone: Usually, Noirs work alone, so it is rare for them to meet each other. The fact that they are grouping up thanks to the Bookmaster and Asahi is alarming.
- Improbable Weapon User: Well...improbable cookware user is more like it. Many of the Noirs employ cooking implements that range from strange but plausible (a guillotine), to highly unusual (a chainsaw carving knife), to outright bonkers (a hemispherical pot meant to be juggled while it cooks the food). Despite that, or because of it, they are able to produce incredible dishes under even the most absurd circumstances.
- Malcanta can cook food by juggling it in specially rigged cookers.
- Claudeville uses a syringe to inject blood broth.
- Bunnyhair uses torture tools to cook.
- Sarge uses really a chainsaw to add finishing touches to meat surface. She also uses a detonator as oven and a large sledgehammer.
- Asahi himself can wield pretty much any tool to cook (ex: Chainsaw, syringe, torture implements, acrobat knife).
- Mad Scientist: Claudville's general appearance and his use of a high-tech backpack in cooking gives off this impression.
- Monster Clown: Malcanta is this.
- Offstage Villainy: Though it's made clear that they often commit heinous crimes, the reader isn't really shown them doing anything illegal on-screen. The worst we've seen of them so far is a willingness to kidnap people and cook for high profile criminals.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Claudeville. Not a vampire himself, but his syringe-laden device is designed to drain all the blood out of meat...
- Sadist: Bunnyhair claims that abusing her food makes it delicious. Her signature dish is also named Sadist.
- Supreme Chef: All of them are talented enough to outstrip some of the most prominent light chefs.
- The Worf Effect: ...And then they go up against Asahi or one of the Tootski crew and get curbstomped, usually without even showing off what was made.
- Torture Technician: Bunnyhair uses torture implements to cook.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Claudeville, Bunnyhair and Malcanta cleared all three gates but were defeated in a side brawl with Asahi and had their tools taken away.
An American chef disguised as a tourist in Japan. He is the one behind the disappearances of restaurants and inns as he would challenge the owners to Shokugekis. Monarch specializes in premium ingredients. He was apparently defeated and had his knife confiscated by Sarge.
- Affectionate Nickname: Addresses Tadokoro as Mama Megumi and acts like her child.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is very confident of his skills and considers most chefs as unworthy. His skills are no joke. Even though he is not a Tōtsuki graduate, his dish was enough to impress two of the Council of Ten members.
- Break the Haughty: After eating Megumi's dish, he is overwhelmed by the delicious taste and even briefly sees her as a mother figure (after all, she made him a kids' meal).
- Deep South: Megumi correctly guesses from his accent and clothing that he's from the American South, which is why she made gumbo for him.
- Defeat Means Respect: After being humbled by Megumi, Monarch becomes very friendly towards her and informs her about the Noirs.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Since he is a foreigner.
- Manly Tears: After tasting Megumi's delicacy which reminds him of his home.
- Occidental Otaku: An American who loves Japanese culture and speaks Gratuitous Japanese.
- Underestimating Badassery: He dismisses Megumi as a third rate chef. He is so arrogant that he was caught completely off guard by Megumi's novel approach.
Asahi Saiba and his Squad
- Devour the Dragon: Each time a Noir is beaten, he surrenders his signature tool to Asahi who then assimilates their skill.
- The Dragon: The best of the Noirs. It is implied that prior to the BLUE tournament, Asahi had defeated and brought all of them under his sway, as seen with Sarge.
- Evil Gloating: They just love to diss their opponents, not that it does them any favors...
- Flat Character: They don't have much of a personality aside from being Arrogant Kung Fu Guys and being servile to Asahi.
- Oh, Crap!: They all have one when Soma defeats Asahi.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Self-explanatory.
- Rule of Symbolism: Each member has a distinct theme.
- Asahi Saiba is themed after serial killers.
- Sarge is themed after military officers.
- Don Calma's theme is that of a bartender.
- Huang Zuiwang is themed after poisoners.
- Yunosuke is presumably themed after spies.
- Supreme Chef: Each chef is adept at a unique utensil and can produce unusual delicacies with it.
- The Worf Effect: They are touted as the best of the Noirs but Sarge, Don Calma and Huang Zuiwang are easily quashed by Soma, Takumi and Megumi respectively.
The leader of the Noirs who instigated the invasion of Erina's Tōtsuki. He is soon revealed to be Asahi Saiba, an orphan who Jouichiro took under his wing as his disciple 10 years prior note . Asahi is the main antagonist of the Blue Arc. He wants to marry Erina so that he can become the ultimate chef note . Asahi participates in the prestigious BLUE competition where he and Erina are allowed to skip the three gates because of past achievements. Asahi's unique culinary ability is "Cross Knives" where he can instantly utilize the individual styles of various chefs by wielding their cherished tools. This ability can also be used to multiply the styles of different chefs to create new techniques.
- Abusive Parents: He never knew his dad and his mom was an abusive alcoholic.
- Affably Evil: As badly and dismissively as he treats anyone who actually wants to compete with him, he's shown to be genuinely friendly outside of the subject of cooking challenges. Even though his becoming an instructor at Toosuki was only a pretext to court Erina, he quickly gains a reputation of his lessons being easy to understand, and he can be genuinely charming to the point that Erina isn't willing to shut down all his attempts to socialize with her.
- Asahi claims that the reason why he instigated the Noirs against Tōtsuki was to test Erina and was pleased when she took the right actions.
- All Your Powers Combined: It is revealed that Asahi's supernatural ability is "Cross Knives." He collects knives and other tools from several chefs and he can psychometrically assimilate the chef's abilities. This allows him to multiply the abilities of the chefs to exponentially increase his skill, making him near invincible. Soma finds this creepy.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: His stated goal is to marry Erina, because he believes if Erina, with her god tongue, becomes the woman he wants to give all his food to, he will become not just a great chef, but the ultimate chef. To do this, he plans to prove he's the only one worthy for her by beating Toutsuki's first seat, Jou's blood-related son Soma.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Asahi can not only assimilate skills of other chefs, he can also use those skills better than them to create fabulous dishes.Asahi (about Soma and Takumi): I heard that a pair of chefs tried quite hard to come up with an interesting verrine. If I just had their knives, I could make a verrine that far surpasses even theirs! Without any of the sweat of practice.
- The Apprentice: He is a former protege of Joichiro and had received minimal training from him. Joichiro used to recommend Asahi to nearby restaurants in America so that he could learn cooking and sometimes took him to the markets and farms.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He has a massive ego, but it's easy to see where it comes from, as he is indeed a Supreme Chef. He is very dismissive of Soma, calling him a small fry with unimpressive skills.
- Battle Trophy: Collects knives of the chefs he has defeated. This guy is essentially Subaru Mimasaka on steroids.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Mana Nakiri as the overarching antagonists of the BLUE Arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Asahi infiltrates Tōtsuki, under the guise of a temporary lecturer named Suzuki. Over there, he defeats Soma in an impromptu cooking match and charms the girls at Tōtsuki in an attempt to woo Erina. Asahi drops the act when he realizes he isn't progressing much with Erina. So he abducts her and goads her into accepting his challenge.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Asahi can instantly master any chef's style without any practice at all.
- Chainsaw Good: He instantly masters Sarge's chainsaw cooking the moment he holds it!
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Azami. Both have similar names and dress in black. Both admire Joichiro, want Erina for fulfilling their own ambitions and look down on Soma. Azami stressed on strict culinary procedures while Asahi has an unorthodox culinary style. Azami is stoic while Asahi is playful. Despite the detestable acts he committed, Azami genuinely intended to help chefs while Asahi is incredibly selfish.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Asahi can quash any chef regardless of the latter's skill thanks to his Cross Knives ability. He defeats Joichiro, Soma and Eishi with absurd ease and he has done that to a large variety of chefs in the past.
- Later, in the BLUE semifinals, Asahi himself loses to Soma. This is the first time he has ever been defeated.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Asahi had an abusive childhood and was later taken in an orphanage. Joichiro used to visir there occasionally and encouraged Asahi to learn to cook. Asahi loved Joichiro and looked up to him as his father. Eventually, Joichiro was widowed and stopped visiting Asahi. Since then, Asahi resents Soma for depriving him of happiness.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: He takes Joichirou's advice that "the secret to becoming a great chef is meeting a woman that makes you want to give all the food you make to her." as meaning he has to marry the ultimate female gourmet, Erina, to cook for, rather than finding someone he actually wants to cook with all his heart for. He doesn't realize this until Soma, of all people asks him why he wanted to marry Erina in the first place.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Doesn't mind having Don Calma on his personal squad.
- Entitled to Have You:
- He keeps pursuing Erina, even when it's obvious she loathes him. It'd be Flanderization if he hadn't been introduced with this character trait.
- He also wanted Joichiro as his father and hated Soma for being his actual son.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- Due to his "Cross Knives" ability, he's never truly experienced Failure. When Soma tries to explain to him that he's only gotten as far as he has by learning from his failures, Asahi starts deriding him.Asahi: The flavor of failure!? I don't know it at all! What the hell is that even! What a load of crap! I'm the chef that beat even Joichiro! I'm the strongest... the strongest man doesn't need such things!
- He wants to romance Erina for the sake of experiencing familial bonds, but doesn't realize that his approach is toxic and controlling, and most likely would have led to a miserable relationship for them both.
- Due to his "Cross Knives" ability, he's never truly experienced Failure. When Soma tries to explain to him that he's only gotten as far as he has by learning from his failures, Asahi starts deriding him.
- Evil Counterpart: Presented as this to Soma, as the adopted son / disciple of Joichiro who has become a rogue chef and selfishly cooks for his own aggrandizement rather the love of cooking or another person. His Super-Deformed face is also a mirror of Soma's, only with black eyes instead of white ones.
- His abilities also make him one to post-HeelFace Turn Subaru Mimasaka, as he's a copycat who steals his victims tools for his own purposes. Unlike Subaru, who stalks his opponents to perfectly copy everything about them and is a bit of a Gonk, Asahi is Bishōnen who gains the skills of chefs he defeats to add into his own skill set. Both rely too much on their copying abilities, as shown when Subaru loses because he can't completely predict an opponent's actions and when Asahi loses because his dishes made with others' skills don't have any of his own personal flavor. Also Subaru had a Jerkass father while Asahi had an abusive mother.
- "Cross Knives" turns out to be this, as in principle it's the exact same thing as Totsuki's learning environment but a little bit faster.
- Evil Gloating: Asahi has a propensity for this trope. Gives an infamous one after he defeated Megumi.Asahi: How was that? My superhuman ability is something ain't it? Multiplying two knives has infinite applications! It is virtually guaranteed to bring forth a dish that's never been tasted before in the history of the world! I alone am the person worthy of standing atop of BLUE!Asahi to Erina: Deep down you've realized it, haven't you? The God Tongue can never fulfil your mother's wish. The God Tongue is what broke Mana Nakiri, the thing that prevents her from enjoying a real meal! What she needs is a completely different ability! Without that she'll never get the dishes she seeks. Can't you feel the atmosphere here? No one's doubting my victories anymore, in fact I dare you to show me the one person that disagrees with me! The chef that will be her savior isn't you. It is me.
- He starts going into one when it seems Soma's dish has failed... until the effect finally kicks in.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's so used to winning all the time, that he's never experienced failure to improve himself and mostly just takes other abilities to add to his own. While an uncanny ability in itself, it also means he doesn't bother to examine the flaws of his own cooking and where to improve himself. Just stacking more and more to use for his own benefit, whereas Soma both learns from his mistakes and failures as well as takes the time to go over what is taught to him and makes it his own. Needless to say, it's the reason why Asahi has such an over-inflated ego. When Soma points this out, he smugly claims he doesn't need to learn from failure just seeing it as a flaw then something to experience. Unfortunately for Asahi, the events take an unexpected turn...
- Flat Character: Asahi is smug and selfish. Giving him a tragic backstory doesn't help. In fact, this ties into his defeat at Soma's hands in BLUE; as Mana notes, while his "Cross Knives" skill allows him to accumulate and mix various cooking styles, he never developed his own 'personal flavor', and thus nothing he makes is truly new and unique.
- Freudian Excuse: His antisocial and Manchild-like tendencies likely come from having an abusive alcoholic of a mother who would waterboard him while screaming about how he should've never been born if he tried to give her water instead of alcohol when she was drunk.
- Gold Digger: He's interested in marrying Erina just to establish himself as the ultimate chef. This doesn't sit well with the latter.
- Graceful Loser: Despite his massive ego, he accepts the explanation for why he lost and he tries to return Joichiro's knife, though Soma tells him to keep it.
- Hate Sink: Asahi is shown to be a despicable character, which is driven home when he plots to take Erina for himself should he win BLUE, regardless of Erina's consent.
- Hypocrite: He derides Soma as a naive little boy, despite his own childlike dream of marrying "Princess" Erina by winning her heart with his "superpowers" and views himself as The Chosen One.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Finally realizes this after he loses to Soma, all he wanted was to have a happy family to make up for his childhood.
- I Just Want to Be You: He thinks this almost word for word in his flashback, wanting to be Soma so that Jouichiro can be his father.
- Improbable Weapon User: Many Noirs use unusual cooking tools. Asahi can easily master them all.
- In Love with Love: While he wants to wed Erina for the sake of his own cooking, another reason he wants her is because he believes having a family will give him the same happiness as Joichiro.
- Insane Troll Logic: He hates Soma for "stealing" Joichiro away from him when the truth is Soma had no clue about what the hell was going on.
- Instant Expert: Asahi can gain the abilities of any chef just by holding their knife.
- Invincible Villain: Given his Cross Knives ability, Asahi is victorious in virtually all cooking duels. Even accomplished chefs like Joichiro and Eishi were unable to even slow him down. However, since Asahi cannot experience defeat, he can't actually improve his skill. Soma exploits this weakness to defeat Asahi for good.
- Irrational Hatred: He hates Soma because Jouichiro is his father and not Asahi's. That's it.
- It's All About Me: Even before joining the Noirs, Asahi was selfish. Joichiro told a 15 year old Asahi he couldn't visit America as much as he could because Sōma's mother had just passed away. Instead of feeling bad for Sōma, Asahi accuses him of stealing Jōichiro- the father he wanted- away from him and vows revenge.
- Jerkass: He is very controlling towards Erina when trying to woo her. When he found out his attempts at socializing with Erina were hitting a wall, he kidnaps her, challenges her and still badgers her about their future honeymoon. What a creep.
- Karma Houdini: After Asahi loses the BLUE semifinals, he is allowed to depart quietly for all his actions (falsifying identity, infiltration, kidnapping a minor, blackmailing).
- Kitsch Collection: Asahi's arsenal consists of several knives and implements that had belonged to other chefs. This covers virtually every last genre in cooking.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After his loss against Soma at BLUE, Asahi gives up his plans to marry Erina and instead resolves to discover his own speciality.
- Love Triangle: Becomes the third spoke in Erina and Soma's budding but horribly awkward romance/rivalry, wanting to marry Erina so he can become the ultimate chef for the ultimate gourmet. Thankfully, this is no longer the case after Soma defeats Asahi at the BLUE competition.
- Nightmare Face: Has a creepy expression in some panels.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Usually, Asahi crosses only two knives for one dish. During the semifinal round against Soma, Asahi goes all out and for each step, he pairs Joichiro's knife with a different tool. This process is exhausting even for him. It backfires on Asahi because while his dish was a masterpiece, he merely stacked the skills of different chefs and thus it lacked a personal touch of his own. On the other hand, Soma consolidated all his experiences and imbued his dish with his own flavor.
- Orcus on His Throne: After BLUE commences in-story, Asahi doesn't appear much or do anything because he is allowed to skip the three gates. It is only in the final round at Heaven's Keep where he re-enters, this time to defeat Eishi. He also defeats Megumi.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As the mysterious "Saiba" he wears a scarf and a hat, leaving his distinctive eyes and curly hair exposed. Even worse, he pulls down the scarf whenever he talks.
- Power of Friendship: When Asahi is fighting his rematch against Soma, he remembers all the previous owners of his knives and the uplifting advice they had imparted him. Parodied when Sarge and Don Calma reveal that in reality, Asahi had defeated them and stole their tools so those people actually hate him.
- Prince Charming: He invokes this trope to woo Erina. It works well as many girls are attracted to him, but while Erina opens up to him, she doesn't respond properly. Turns out Asahi is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing when he kidnaps Erina and forces her into accepting a challenge from him.
- Red Baron: The King of the Noirs.
- Smug Super: Even though he is yet to face Erina at BLUE and win the competition, the guy has already planned the wedding and has the gall to ask Erina about their honeymoon destinations. Unfortunately for Asahi, he is eliminated in the BLUE semi-final round without getting a chance to face Erina.
- Supreme Chef:
- He defeats Jouichiro, who is known to be one of the greatest chefs in the world. Makes sense, he was taught by the guy himself. Even Erina is nervous of facing him.
- Asahi is the best chef among the Noirs, underground chefs who put their lives at stake to deliver perfect dishes. Prior to the arc, Asahi dominated the scene at a huge banquet for countless mafia families, and thus assumed the leadership of the Noirs.
- Unknown Relative: Jou refers to him as "his other son". The truth is that Jou took him in 10 years prior and made him his adopted pupil. So in a sense, its true.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: With the Cross Knives ability, he can instantly acquire the abilities of any chef. Asahi has knives of several different chefs, including Joichiro, Eishi, Sarge, Don Calma, Huang Zuiwang, Monarch etc. In fact, when Asahi held Soma's knife, he didn't sense any superhuman talent from him, leading Asahi to dismiss Sōma as an incompetent chef. That is why Asahi is shocked that Soma was able to get up and rival Cross Knives on his own.
- Villainous Crush: He has one on Erina. The guy is extremely possessive of her and kidnaps her.
- Walking Spoiler: His appearance completely changes the story.
- Worthy Opponent: Subverted. He acknowledges Eishi as a talented chef but is patronizing towards him. After defeating Eishi at BLUE, Asahi claims his grater knife as his own and acquires his abilities.
A chainsaw-wielding woman in a formal military garb who is a member of Asahi's personal squad. Prior to the arc she was defeated and recruited by Asahi. Sometime later, she had defeated the Noir Monarch. Sarge is the gatekeeper for the third trial of BLUE, and is ranked higher than even Eishi. She participates in BLUE but gets defeated by Sōma Yukihira.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Lady: Sarge is one of the elite-tier Noirs and competent enough to be ranked higher than the likes of Eishi. She also looks down on light chefs, dismissing them as pansies and shouting at them to just quit already. Even after Sōma is introduced as the first seat of Tōtsuki, she arrogantly dismisses him as a small fry. The "small fry" in question promptly defeats her.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: Sarge believes a bit too much in Asahi and she takes his low opinion on Sōma as the absolute truth. In spite of the fact that Sōma cleared the three difficult tasks of BLUE; is the First Seat of the Council of Ten at Tōtsuki and has made it all the way to the finals, Sarge believes Sōma is an incompetent chef.
- Captain Oblivious: Although Sarge was herself the gatekeeper for the third trial, she has no clue how Sōma cleared it.
- Chainsaw Good: Sarge's carving knife is a specially modified chainsaw which also doubles as a whisk.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears one several inches above her knees.
- Defeat Means Respect: Prior to the arc, she was defeated by Asahi who recruited her as his subordinate. Sarge staunchly believes that Asahi is a worthy leader, which soon comes to bite her back.
- Flat Character: Sarge is a bitch to all and is servile to Asahi.
- Hypocrite: She derides Sōma's cooking methods as gimmicky, despite how she and the other Noirs gimmick tools and techniques so outlandish that they might as well be cooking based Stands.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Implied. Sarge is really servile to Asahi. In her foodgasm, she imagines Asahi saying she's pretty and should smile more often. However, he has his sights set on Erina. When Asahi orders Sarge to give her chainsaw, she happily surrenders to it.
- Jerkass: She is really aggressive and despises the light chefs. Sarge has a tendency to shout at the light chefs and keeps dissing Sōma throughout their match. Sōma is of course not impressed and effortlessly defeats her.
- Sarge does admit defeat from Sōma's hands but is quick to retort that Sōma cannot hope to win against Asahi because of his inferior knife.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not that it matters, but Sarge is quite beautiful. One of her employers tried to take her as his mistress, but she subjected him to a Shameful Strip instead.
- Red Baron: She is celebrated as the "Wielder of the Dish Arms".
- Slasher Smile: Sports one when she is asked to prepare some beef.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only woman in Asahi's personal squad.
- Supreme Chef: She is VERY skilled with her weapon-like utensils, a judge declaring her food to be Specialty-Class (something only she can make) after tasting it. She stands above most Noirs in ability.
- Sweat Drop: In spite of dissing Sōma, Sarge is still tensed up when she watches him bake. Becomes nervous and panicky when the judges are impressed by Sōma's dish and deem the two of them as near equals. And that's before he puts the final touches on his cake.
- This Cannot Be!: Sarge objects to the judges' positive reviews of Sōma, dismissing his dish as a mere gimmick. Sōma tells her to just shut the fuck up.
- Underestimating Badassery: Sōma has cleared all three trials of BLUE, but instead of being wary of her opponent, Sarge dismisses him as an incompetent chef based on what she was told by Asahi. It comes to haunt her when the judges are amazed by Sōma's cake, causing the poor lady to have an "Oh, Crap!" reaction. It is no surprise she loses to Sōma.
- Undying Loyalty: Sarge is slavish towards Asahi, addressing him as "General Asahi", believing him to be the epitome of a supreme commander. Instead of being wary of Sōma Yukihira, she blindly believes Asahi's low opinion of him. Even after losing to Sōma, Sarge doesn't even complain to Asahi for giving her dubious information and instead happily surrenders her chainsaw to him.
- The Worf Effect: Sarge was established as one of the Elite tier Noirs, a member of Asahi's personal squad and important enough to be the gatekeeper of the third gate. She got defeated by Sōma Yukihira to establish the latter's power as the First Seat.
A Bocksbeutel toting henchman of Asahi Saiba. He is one of the few Noirs specializing in exceptional teamwork, the reason why he is pitted against Takumi. Don Calma and his team are defeated by Takumi and Soma in a team battle at Heaven's Keep.
- Ambiguously Gay: Has an effeminate manner of speaking, calling Takumi "dear". Calma's support team of Noirs is entirely comprised of drag queens.
- The Bartender: Seems to be Calma's theme as he is often seen carrying a Bocksbeutel and wearing a bartender's attire. Also he uses a cocktail shaker to prepare a sauce.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Despite his attempt to undermine Takumi, Calma and his team lose to Takumi and Soma.
- Fair-Play Villain: Averted. While he's not the first Noir to resort to kidnapping, he's the first to outright sabotage his opponent, as shown when he tries to win the team match against Takumi by kidnapping Isami.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts as polite and welcoming to Takumi as one would expect from a bartender, even telling him not to be bothered by his support team, but he is willing to cheat at the team battle by kidnapping Isami to prevent him from supporting Takumi.
- Hypocrite: Protests against Soma arriving at the last moment to aid Takumi instead of the Aldini brothers teaming up. This is when Calma himself had Isami kidnapped to sabotage Takumi. However the WGO personnel assent to Soma's participation and threaten to disqualify Don Calma if he complains any further.
- Supreme Chef: Seems to be one as he was part of Asahi's personal squad and was allowed to skip the three gates of BLUE.
- Tempting Fate:To Takumi: "Your knife is just dying to cheat on you. Or perhaps you'd like to try calling up a new assistant? Fat chance, my dear! The sauces we craft together are unbeatable! There is no way you can summon a chef who can stand up to our teamwork in an instant!"
- Cool Mask: Wears one.
- Epic Fail: Tells Megumi to grovel before him... Only to be instantly quashed by her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Huang Zuiwang comes from a historical family of Chinese assassins who had adapted their techniques to develop cooking methods. He was regarded as one of the top 5 contestants of BLUE. But he got instantly defeated by Megumi. Even Asahi lampshades it, calling it an instant death.
- Wolverine Claws: His utensil of choice. Each claw hides a perfectly mixed seasoning blend to appeal one of the five tastes.
- Hypocrite: Calls Soma's cooking style to be nonsensical when the Noirs themselves use bizarre tools and outright superpowers like Cross Knives to cook.
- Smug Super: He manages to be this without even participating in any matches himself, happily gloating on Asahis behalf throughout Asahis match with Soma (not that Asahi doesnt do plenty of gloating himself), only to react with predictable dismay and disbelief when Somas dish starts having an impact.
- This Cannot Be!: Tends to make these statements with respect to Soma's unorthodox cooking.
- The Unfought: Despite being a Noir, and presumably, one of Asahis elite chef supporters, he does not appear in any of the BLUE matches, having apparently not gone up against any of the major characters. His next appearance, after kidnapping Erina, is chatting with Asahi immediately prior to Asahis match with Soma.