The Best Episodes of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2019
Yukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to travel and cook around the world. Although downtrodden, Souma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
#1 - The One Who Aims for the Summit
Season 3 - Episode 12
Soma and Tsukasa finish their dishes, with Soma making a charcoal grilled venison thigh with sweet chestnut sauce, while Tsukasa makes roast venison back strap with peppercorn and berry sauce. Erina, Hisako, and Megumi acts as judges. Afterwards, Azami comes to the Polar Star Dormitory.
#2 - Pomp and Circumstance
Season 2 - Episode 13
At the end of the pre-open's final day, Shinomiya calls in his fellow alumni, along with his mother, for one final service, recalling what inspired him to pursue French cuisine. As the competition finally arrives, Soma uses about everything he's learned to put together a French take on a chicken and egg rice bowl using a quail stuffed with risotto. Despite ultimately deciding that dish isn't good enough as it is, Shinomiya helps Soma refine his recipé so that it can be become a item on his menu, leading Soma to pass the Stagiaire. With the Stagiaire over, Soma returns to Totsuki, ready to take on anyone who challenges him to a Shokugeki.
#3 - A Pride of Young Lions
Season 3 - Episode 4
Soma continues his assault against Kuga's restaurant. As the last day comes, Soma has pulled together everything he's experimented on during the festival. Just as things start to get busy, he gets some help.
#4 - The Alchemist
Season 3 - Episode 8
Soma and Eizan begin the shokugeki that will determine the fate of Polar Star Dormitory. Hereto known more as a skilled consultant, Eizan's strengths as a chef will finally become known. The shokugeki's topic is Satsuma chicken from Kagoshima prefecture. However, the match is rigged due to Eizan having bought out all the judges. Does Soma have a fighting chance?
#5 - The Magician Once More
Season 2 - Episode 12
The next step of the Stagiaire reunites Soma with Shinomiya, who is opening a Tokyo branch of his French restaurant, Shino's. At the restaurant begins its first pre-open day, Soma witnesses firsthand the intensity of working in Shinomiya's kitchen and struggles to keep up with the rest of the staff. Thinking over his failures, Soma spends the rest of the week getting prep done early so he can ask the other staff members for advice on how to become more efficient in the kitchen and learn new techniques. On the final day, Soma decides to enter a competition to create a dish for Shino's menu that he can call his specialty.
#6 - Dawn Will Come Again
Season 2 - Episode 6
Subaru uses smoked bacon as a garniture for his stew, revealing that he got his information from hacking into Mitsuru's notes. Even when Soma reveals his intent to use various cuts of beef to improvise his dish on the fly, Subaru still appears to have predicted Soma's move, remaining confident in his bacon addition. Although the judges are impressed by Subaru's bacon garniture, Soma astounds them with his dish by using various meats for his garniture, revealing he had created the dish from everything he had learned so far, unanimously winning the match. As a result, Soma manages to return all the tools Subaru had taken back to their original owners, with Takumi deciding to leave his mezzaluna with Soma until he can win it back himself.
#7 - A Sword that Signals Autumn
Season 2 - Episode 9
Under a moonlit sky, the finals get underway, with Alice recalling the many cooking battles she's had with Ryo. With only half the cooking time passed, Ryo presents his dish; a cartoccio cooked in herb butter inside film bags. Next, Akira presents a seared carpaccio, which uses fire to unleash its powerful aroma which, contrary to everyone's expectations, only uses a single spice. Finally, Soma presents his dish; Salted Rice Bran Pacific Saury Rice, which he learned from seeing Fumio's pickles. Just as it seems his dish has failed to impress the judges, Soma brings out his dish's true edge.
#8 - The Pioneer of the Wastelands
Season 3 - Episode 21
23 years ago, Polar Star dormitory lead by Saiba Joichiro and Dojima Gin was known as the strongest of all Totsuki Academy. Joichiro’s creative dishes have won many competitions and recognized by many, however, he had unsettling feeling inside him…!
#9 - Declaration of War
Season 3 - Episode 19
Hisako, Alice and Kurokiba all failed the third exam and were expelled! In desperation, Erina directly negotiate with Azami but her pleas are not taken seriously. Soma also challenges Azami for the seat at the elite ten. Like Erina, his challenge was also brushed away but the situation changes entirely when a certain person appears at the scene!
#10 - The Banquet of Warriors
Season 1 - Episode 24
Akira's dish, which on top of its powerful fragrance also uses the power of holy basil and yogurt, earns a score of 94 from the judges, two of which gave him a perfect 20. Finally, Soma presents his own fragrance bomb, combining his past two failures into a curry risotto omurice containing a mango chutney that deepens the flavor. The dish earns Soma 93 points, landing him second place behind Akira, though it is noted that three of the five judges ranked the dish higher than Akira's. As the contestants hold an afterparty celebrating and lamenting their victories and losses in the preliminaries, Soma becomes determined to improve his cooking finesse.
#11 - Advancement Exam
Season 3 - Episode 13
The 1st years at Totsuki are facing the biggest event of the 2nd semester, The Advancement Exam! This year, however, their is an added twist as those who won't obey Azami's regime will face elimination.
#12 - A New Genius
Season 2 - Episode 10
Soma presents his dish's missing element, a white soup made from soy milk that turns the rice dish into a creamy porridge, enhancing the already existing flavors. Meanwhile, Satoshi, who deduces that Eizan was the one who drove Subaru to provoke Soma, tells him that it was Soma's drive to never give up that got him so far. As the judges make their decision, Akira recalls how Jun brought him out of the slums and helped him become the chef he is today. With originality being the deciding factor between the three dishes, Akira is declared the winner of the Autumn Elections for his specialty dish. Afterwards, Soma speaks with Joichiro, stating his determination to continue finding his own way of cooking. A few days later, as Soma spends more time with Akira and Ryo to improve himself, Jun informs them about the Stagiaire training program for first year students.
#13 - The One Who Surpasses the Ordinary
Season 1 - Episode 22
Miyoko scores 87 points with her pineapple-fragranced cha-han while Yuki gets 86 points for her wild game curry. Afterwards, the Aldini brothers face off against each other, with Isami presenting a curry calzone that scores 87 points while Takumi presents a curry pasta dish using tamari soy sauce and cheese filled pasta that scores 90 points. Alice then presents her deconstructed curry dish that leaves the judges bewildered, earning 95 points and taking the lead. Finally, Megumi presents her dish, monkfish dobu-jiru, which emphasises the taste of her hometown, earning her 88 points and landing her a spot in the next round alongside Alice, Hisako, and Takumi.
#14 - The Quiet Don, the Eloquent Don
Season 1 - Episode 7
The Shokugeki between Mito Ikumi and Yukihira Soma has begun! Everyone, including Erina, is convinced that Ikumi, the Meat Master, will win. Soma, on the other hand, is greeted by jeers the moment he enters the arena. Will Soma be able to save Don RS?
#15 - The Stagiaire
Season 2 - Episode 11
With the Stagiaire program requiring students to take up residence at various restaurants outside of the school while also leaving their own impression, Soma ends up getting paired with Hisako, who has been feeling inferior since losing the Autumn Elections, as they are sent to the Mitamura Western restaurant. Right away, they discover that the restaurant is struggling to keep up with the barrages of orders from commuting customers, but Soma manages to use his experience to take control and keep everyone organised. Meanwhile, Erina and Megumi are sent to a French restaurant, where Erina instantly takes command of the kitchen, while Megumi finds her own way to make improvements. As Hisako gets used to the job, Soma notices that the restaurant needs to change, so that they don't struggle again once the Stagiaire is over. With the staff unwilling to cut down their large menu, Soma suggests that they try switching to a reservations-only basis, allowing them to better cater to their customers. After passing the first stage of the Stagiare, Soma encourages Hisako to stop feeling ashamed of her defeat and return to Erina's side, aiming to stand alongside her rather than only follow behind.
#16 - The Memory of a Dish
Season 1 - Episode 12
The unofficial Shokugeki between Shinomiya and the Megumi-Soma pair has begun. With expulsion on the line, the judging is underway. Megumi's first dish as the main chef is her own take on the nine-vegetable terrine Shinomiya assigned--the Rainbow Terrine, made from seven types of vegetables!
#17 - The Competition of the Blossoming Individuals
Season 1 - Episode 23
Back in Group A, contestants are struggling to score as one of the main judges, Natsume Sendawara, keeps giving out zero scores. This streak soon breaks when Ryo Kurokiba, Alice's aide, presents a lobster curry made using a cognac base, earning 93 points. Next, Ikumi presents a Dongpo pork curry, using what she had learned from her Shokugeki with Soma to impress the judges with a complete dish and earning score of 86. Afterwards, Ryoko presents a Dal curry made with charcoal-grilled natto and soy sauce rice malt, also scoring 86, while both Marui and Ibusaki earn 88 points with their white potage curry udon and smoked curry respectively. Akira soon presents his dish, an unconventional dish that soon turns out to be a fragrance bomb.
#18 - God Tongue
Season 1 - Episode 2
Under his father's orders, Soma attempts to transfer into one of Japan's top culinary schools, Togetsu Tea House Culinary Academy. His examiner, Nakiri Erina, is a student said to possess humanity's best palate: the God Tongue.
#19 - What Fills the Box
Season 2 - Episode 1
Soma faces off against Alice in the Fall Elections. The theme: bento! Alice specializes in molecular gastronomy. How will each draw on their expertise to craft the ultimate bento?
#20 - The Heavenly Recette
Season 1 - Episode 10
Soma bumps Erina and apologizes, but Erina refuses his help thinking that she is letting her guard down. Soma meets alumnus Gin Dojima in the bath and was surprised to see Soma finishing so quickly. Dojima wishes Soma good luck as the Aldini twins enter the bath. The next day, Soma and Megumi are given the assignment to make the Nine Vegetable Terrine alone with Kojiro Shinomiya judging as he tells the students to think of each other as enemies. At the start of the assignment, Megumi is knocked down as the students rush for ingredients, and she only sees bad heads of cauliflower still left on the table. Thinking about what Soma would do in such a situation, Megumi uses wine vinegar to preserve the color and enhance the seasoning of the cauliflower. Shinomiya passes Soma, however he fails Megumi for changing the recipe without his permission. Soma intervenes and Shinomiya explains that he intentionally left several bad cauliflower heads to limit the number of students who can pass. Soma challenges Shinomiya to a Shokugeki to get Megumi's expulsion reversed.
#21 - The Man Called the Demon
Season 1 - Episode 15
As the students make their way home, Shinomiya decides to return to France make his restaurant the best in Paris, while the other alumni explain how the training camp also serves as a recruitment ground to determine potential for future employment. Going back for his headband, Soma ends up missing his bus and has to hitch a ride back to school with Erina, who explains about the Autumn Festival while hiding the fact that she, along with Dojima, are shown to have fond memories of Joichiro. Returning to the Polar Star Dormitory, Soma is surprised to see Joichiro, who is revealed to be an alumnus and former member of the Elite Ten who went by the name Joujirou Saiba. As Joichiro treats the returning residents to a meal, Fumio explains that Joichiro and Dojima were once fellow Polar Star residents who were responsible for many of the luxuries the dorm has. Later that night, Joichiro tells Soma about his campus memories, filling him with more determination. The next morning, Joichiro decides to have a cooking contest against Soma.
#22 - For Whom
Season 3 - Episode 18
Soma and Hayama begin their revenge match. After the initial taste test, Hayama’s dish surpasses Soma’s dish! However, Soma’s dish is not complete yet.
#23 - The Magician from the East
Season 1 - Episode 11
Soma recklessly challenges Shinomiya to a Shokugeki in order to have him retract his decision to expel Megumi. Shinomiya refuses, but Dojima half forces him to accept. However, Dojima also imposes a condition on Soma and Megumi--Megumi must be the main chef! If they lose, Soma will also be expelled. The unofficial Shokougeki is about to begin!
#24 - Metamorphosis
Season 1 - Episode 14
Due to the specific timing required for his soufflé omelette, Soma struggles to get any customers to try his dish before they end up deflating. With half an hour left in the challenge, Soma calmly analyzes the situtation and changes his approach, cooking in front of his customers in order to attract a crowd while also delivering the dish in its peak condition. Optimizing his preparation to cook his omelettes as quickly as possible, Soma manages to complete his 200 servings goal with merely seconds to spare. Afterwards, Soma is introduced to Erina's cousin, Alice Nakiri, who considers both Soma and Erina her rivals. Following another task a few hours later, Dojima treats all the surviving students with a banquet to celebrate the end of the training camp, while withholding information about the next event: the Autumn Elections.
#25 - The Breading to Adorn the Mountains
Season 1 - Episode 9
Inui Hinako, a Totsuki alumna, has tasked Soma's group with making a Japanese dish using available ingredients in the area. Anything other than condiments and spices must be procured from their immediate environs. Soma, provoked by Takumi Aldini's challenge, has a flash of inspiration and dashes out with Megumi to find ingredients for their dish!