The Endless Wilderness
|Rōmaji||Hate naki kōya|
The Endless Wilderness is the 1st chapter of Shokugeki no Soma.
Plot SummaryEditIn a tense afternoon in Restaurant Yukihira, Sōma Yukihira challenges his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, to a cooking duel with Mayumi Kurase as the judge. Inevitably, Sōma loses again for the 489th time. As Mayumi offers consolation towards Sōma, Sōma forcibly feeds her his Grilled Squid Tentacles Dressed in Peanut Butter, one of his failed dishes he invented earlier in the morning, in an attempt to cheer himself up. As Mayumi suffers from the awkward taste, Sōma ignores everyone and mutters to himself as he vows to travel to the endless wilderness of cooking in which consists of a world of mixed and unknown flavors.
The next day, as Sōma returns from middle school to Restaurant Yukihira, he notices the kitchen supplies in his restaurant have been sabotaged, presumably, by Yaeko and her assistants. Just then, Yaeko pops by again, telling and threatening Sōma to cook her a meat dish, in which Sōma accepts, despite having no meat resources.A few moments later, to everyone's surprise, Sōma cooks up his dish, Roast Pork, Just Kidding, a relatively meaty dish out of nowhere. As Yaeko's assistants question Sōma's methods, Sōma replies that he used thick bacon slices and potatoes he brought for the following day's breakfast. However, Yaeko, unimpressed, adamantly decides to vacate the restaurant despite Sōma's efforts. Sōma then tells her to try the dish before judging the restaurant worth, is which she does.
Just as Yaeko takes a bite, she falls for the dish's aroma and taste. Sōma then explains that he learned this dish from a failure in the past. However, Yaeko still refused to qualify the dish as a meat dish. Sōma then takes the dish away from her, telling her that he'll dispose of it, in which Yaeko stops him from doing so. Sōma, knowing that she had already fallen for the dish, tells her to never come back again, in order for her to continue eating the dish. Yaeko then accepts his request as she finishes her dish along with her assistants. As the latter finished the dish, they comically collapse on the floor in defeat, as Sōma walks away victoriously.
Later that day, Jōichirō returns to the shop, telling Sōma that he'll have to close the shop temporarily for a few years due to a friend's offer to work in New York. Sōma, shocked, attempts to stop his father. However, Jōichirō tells Sōma to enroll in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy, a superior elite school where only less than 10 percent of the students graduate. Sōma, having no choice, reluctantly accepts.
The following day, as Sōma enters the school grounds, he was left shocked at the school's enormous stature. Just as Sōma reaches the school entrance, Jōichirō tells Sōma that he has already begun cooking in New York through the phone. Jōichirō then tells Sōma that he will never surpass him unless he manages to survive there, irritating Sōma, and thus ending the conversation moments later.
Meanwhile, inside Tōtsuki Academy, an unknown female character appears and belittles a group of student's dish, claiming that it was terrible...
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Sōma Yukihira (Debut)
- Jōichirō Yukihira (Debut)
- Mayumi Kurase (Debut)
- Aki Koganei (Debut)
- Yaeko Minegasaki (Debut)
- McFly (Debut)
- Erina Nakiri (Debut)
- Sōma Yukihira's Grilled Squid Tentacles Dressed in Peanut Butter
- Jōichirō Yukihira's Dried Sardines Garnished with Strawberry Jam
- Sōma Yukihira's Roast Pork, Just Kidding
Featured Cooking DuelsEdit
- The scene where the head priest rips off his garments in this chapter has been cut off from the VOMIC edition of Shokugeki no Soma.