As a part of Azami Nakiri's reform of Tōtsuki as its new headmaster, Azami's goal was to educate all Tōtsuki students to be able to cook any kind of dish, including those that are usually reserved for Elite Ten level students. Thus Central was created as a student run organization to assist in this endeavor. Central is comprised of numerous Tōtsuki students whom Azami has chosen. Central contains 8 members of the current Elite Ten Council. Central creates and decides what dishes the students are required to make. All dishes regulated by Central must be prepared exactly as their recipe designates as the correct method. All attempts to ad lib, modify, or defy these choices results in stiff reprimanding from proctors and professors.
As the former 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council, Eishi commands great respect from the students and other Elite Ten members. However, despite his title, he is incredibly pessimistic and prone to self-loathing. Nevertheless, he has the skills and tenacity to be crowned the former best student in Tōtsuki Academy.
One of the more socially former outgoing members of the Elite Ten Council, Rindō may not be quite as ambitious with her cooking like the others. Nevertheless, she is the former best female student in the academy and seeks to find more excitement in her last year at Tōtsuki.
With a large gang behind him, Etsuya has garnered himself a notorious reputation as a yankee. Despite being only a second year, Etsuya is a well known business consultant, helping many businesses across Japan prosper, garnering him the nickname the Alquimista.
Rentarō is very confident in his cooking skills and usually tries to provoke his opponents. He does not think highly of his underclassmen as he believes to be superior to them. Rentarō is calm and silent during cooking, however. His speciality lies in heating different ingredients.
Akira is a master of spices and the former champion of the Shiomi Seminar. After the seminars were disbanded, he was coerced into joining Central by Azami in order to secure Shiomi's research. However, after his loss against Sōma in the Promotion Exams, he lost his spot in Central alongside being expelled from the academy.