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Eishi Tsukasa
In contrast with humans' short lives...cooking is just too deep and vast...

—Eishi Tsukasa, his philosophy about cooking.

Eishi Tsukasa (司 瑛士(つかさ えいし), Tsukasa Eishi?) is a 90th Generation student Tōtsuki Academy Alumnus, and a previous 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council.[4]

AppearanceEdit

Eishi is a handsome student with medium-length white hair, which covers his forehead and runs down to his nape. He also has icy white eyes.

During his time in Tōtsuki, he wore a standard Tōtsuki uniform shirt, though his shirt is slightly unbuttoned and his tie is loose and slung over his left shoulder. He is generally not seen wearing his Tōtsuki jacket, instead slinging it over his shoulder and holding it in place with two fingers.

Eishi's chef uniform is a standard white chef's uniform, with his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. During the Regiment de Cuisine and BLUE, he wears a red tie, loosely tied around his neck and slung over his shoulder.

PersonalityEdit

Self-Loathing Eishi

Eishi's pessimistic nature

Eishi, despite being the former 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council, is quite pessimistic and prone to self-loathing.[5] He feels exasperated by the work forced upon him as the 1st seat and the workload caused by the two Shokugekis during the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election.[6] He is also quite nervous standing in front of people and prefers to work unseen by others.[7] When cooking for others, he constantly frets over small things that may cause them to feel uncomfortable such as the condition of their seating or even the temperature of the venue.

Regardless of his self-doubts, Eishi has a profound and philosophical outlook on exploring the vast world of cooking, and is committed to his position in the Elite Ten as it affords him the most opportunity to take his explorations as far as possible.[8] Unlike most other chefs in Tōtsuki who constantly express themselves through their dishes, Eishi refuses to place himself in his dishes, choosing only to focus on the food itself. Although his main trait is his constant worrying, he is never doubtful of his own skill in cooking as the sole question he never asks a customer is if they think his food tastes good. He will do anything for the sake of his cooking, even risking his seat in the council to gain Soma as a support.

HistoryEdit

During elementary school, while doing an art project with watercolours Eishi stole paint from another classmate. When questioned by the teacher Eishi simply stated that the colour his classmate had made would improve his own work.

Five years prior to the plotline, Eishi was a first year student in the middle school section of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. In that year, he developed a reputation as a teacher crusher due to his perfectionist nature, pestering teachers to constantly check and advise him on his dishes despite them already being of superb quality, and caught the interest of fellow first year Rindō Kobayashi who subsequently forced him to become friends with her.[1]

Eishi vs. Terunori

Eishi defeats Terunori in a Shokugeki

Eishi enrolled into the high school section of Tōtsuki Academy as part of the 90th Generation. As a first year student, Eishi had completed the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training CampStagiaire, and Promotion Exam events and all subsequent events afterwards. By his second year, he had entered the Elite Ten Council and already attained the 1st seat. During his second year, Eishi accepted Terunori Kuga's Shokugeki challenge to the members of the Elite Ten during the 91st Generation's Autumn Leaf Viewing. In a decisive and one-sided result, Eishi won the match. However, Eishi was requested a rematch by Kuga if he emulated his achievement of having the highest sales in the Central Area for each of the five days of the Moon Banquet Festival next year.[9]

Before his debut, he alongside other members of the Elite Ten gathered and selected the participants of the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election.[10][11] Eishi revealed that he was put under a lot of stress during the Autumn Election main tournament due to Sōma Yukihira and Takumi Aldini having a Shokugeki in their respective matches against Subaru Mimasaka.[12]

PlotEdit

Moon Banquet FestivalEdit

Main article: Moon Banquet Festival Arc

Elite Ten Council members

Eishi arriving at the Autumn Leaf viewing ceremony

As a member of the Elite Ten, Eishi and the other Elite Ten Members attended the Autumn Leaf Viewing ceremony so the first year students who participated in the 43rd Annual Autumn Election Main Tournament could formally meet them. After the commotion caused by his fellow members, he started the event by requesting to have tea with everyone present.[13] After sampling his tea, Eishi confronted Sōma, Takumi, and Subaru Mimasaka to complain about all the additional work their Shokugekis placed on him. Satoshi Isshiki suggested that Eishi should have done the presentation portion and left the administrative works to the other Elite Ten members instead.

Eishi explains cooking

Eishi explains the concept of cooking

However, he retorted that he was not good with crowds, before sulking about all the extra burdens he had to deal with as the First Seat. During Terunori Kuga's explanation of an Elite Ten seat, Eishi further noted that while the vast world of cooking could never be fully explored in a human lifetime, the position of the Elite Ten allows them to at least get closer to that goal, and that the gap between those entrusted with this privilege versus those who are not was like the distance between heaven and earth. Afterwards, Eishi left the premise to prepare for the last fall event: The Moon Banquet Festival.[14]

The Elite Ten arrives at the festival

Eishi makes his entrance at the festival

After two weeks, Eishi appeared during the Moon Banquet Festival's opening ceremony, where he was reminded by Terunori to keep his promise.[15] Eishi took part in the festival, having set up his booth in the Uptown Area, though only managing to secure fifth place after the first day.[16]

Eishi cooks for his customers during the festival

Eishi during the festival's fourth day

On the fourth day of the festival, Eishi heard that Terunori was surpassed in sales by Sōma on the third day. Later that evening, Rindō Kobayashi paid his booth a visit bringing along with Sōma and Megumi Tadokoro to experience his cooking. Because of his own wariness, he cooked behind a one way window, allowing him to concentrate on his cooking as the patrons at his booth watched. After Sōma and Megumi finished their courses, Eishi came to their table to chat. However he was too preoccupied worrying if their dining experience was okay, but Rindō assured them that they were fine. She did, however express disappointment that his dishes, as usual, lacked "passion." Eishi brushed off her criticism, saying that his dishes do not need his presence. Eishi continued off to check on the other patrons, but Sōma noticed that despite all of Eishi's worries about the conditions of the patron's dinning experience, the one thing he never asked about was his cooking, signifying that Eishi had total confidence in his meal. However, after the arrival of Azami Nakiri, it was revealed that Eishi and five of the other Elite Ten Council members voted in favor for Azami, as the new headmaster of the academy.[17]

CentralEdit

Main article: Central Arc

Eishi observes a message from Sōma

Eishi watched Sōma's challenge against the Elite Ten

After the conclusion of the Festival, Tōtsuki received a shift in leadership as Senzaemon Nakiri was replaced by Azami Nakiri as the new headmaster of the academy. This change in leadership meant that there was a lot of paperwork to be done. Unfortunately for Eishi, Terunori refused to participate in the council, Eizan was busy accepting Shokugeki challenges against the Elite Ten due to the forced disbanding of numerous Research Societies, and Rindō wanting to see Eizan's Shokugeki, resulting in him receiving all three of their paperwork on top of his own.[18][19] After Eizan's defeat by Sōma in a Shokugeki, Eishi watched as Sōma challenged the Elite Ten Council during the live broadcast.[20] While Eishi was not seen taking part in the Survivor's Purge, it is likely that he competed in some of the Shokugeki's, contributing to the purge of numerous research groups.

Due to the shifts in Tōtsuki's structure, Eishi was brought in as a substitute teacher for a first-year class.

Promotion ExamsEdit

Main article: Promotion Exams Arc

(To be added)

Blue ArcEdit

Main article: BLUE Arc

Eishi was invited to compete in BLUE, which he accepted. Due to his skill, he was allowed to skip the first challenge. Upon arriving for the second challenge, he ran into Sōma, Takumi, and Megumi, all of whom were contestants in BLUE. Conversing briefly with the current Tōtsuki students, he challenged Sōma to see whom could perform best in the second challenge, which Sōma readily accepted.

Cooking StyleEdit

As the former 1st seat of the Elite Ten, he was the best student in the entire academy prior his removal.[4] Even so he is undeniably one of the best chefs at Totsuki as shown in his second year in Tōtsuki that Eishi was able to decisively defeat Terunori in a Shokugeki.

His cooking style revolves around drawing out the best aspects of ingredients which creates a distinct blend of flavors. When trying his 9 course meal during the Moon Banquet Festival, Sōma described the flavors of each dish to be fun and satisfying, yet blend harmoniously in unique ways. Eishi states that this natural ability to bring out those strengths is because he does not place "himself" in those dishes. By concentrating on bringing out the goodness of the food and voiding his presence from the dish, Eishi creates a paradoxical state of expressing himself in his dishes without actually doing so. He has shown a high level of mastery when it comes to blending flavors of multiple ingredients, showing incredible finesse when crafting unique flavors with difficult ingredients.[21]

DishesEdit

9 Course Meal - Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche of Nine Course Meal

Original Dishes: Edit

  • Nine Course Meal - During the Moon Banquet Festival, Eishi set up a booth in the Uptown Area, though he only prepared three tables at a time. He made a Nine Course Meal, with each dish creating a distinctive blend of flavors and fitting in with the rest of the dishes. Eishi states that this natural ability to bring out those strengths is because he does not place "himself" in those dishes. By concentrating on bringing out the best of the food and voiding his presence from the dish, Eishi creates a paradoxical state of expressing himself in his dishes without actually doing so.
  • Venison Roast Showing Two Expressions - A dish made by Eishi, when he was challenged by Sōma. This French dish consists of roast made of venison backstrap which was seasoned with salt, pepper, venison fat & tendons. Using venison stock, he skillfully transforms it into a sauce poivrade by just adding pepper. But, for the left side, he adds blueberries, red currants, blackberries, creme de cassis, red wine, blueberry vinegar, and raspberry jam to turn it into a sauce poivrade au baie. With Eishi's care of the ingredients, the flavors of this dish are excessively harmonic & tranquil.
    Puree Soup from 4 Green Teas

    Purée Soup from Four Types of Green Teas

  • Purée Soup from Four Types of Green Teas - This dish was created by Eishi in the 1st Card of the 2nd Bout of the Rebels Vs. Central Régiment de Cuisine. By using four different types of green tea which are gyokuro, fukamushi sencha, genmaicha and sencha and each of them are boiled at individual temperatures. cooked in separate ways with different ingredients, turned into purées, combined into one singular dish in the end, and with Eishi's care of ingredients he brings out the true essence and flavors of the green tea.
  • Lièvre À La Royale - This dish was created by Eishi during the 2nd Card of the 4th Bout of the Rebels Vs. Central Régiment de Cuisine. This dish comprises of 5 parts: Lièvre Ensemble, Rabbit Blood & Chocolate Sauce, Royale Custard, Chestnut Confit and a Fig-Apple Purée Sauce. The lièvre ensemble is made from rabbit collar meat and ground rabbit hind leg meat is rolled into a cylinder and pan fried. And the rabbit blood & chocolate sauce contains red wine, rabbit meat & bone fond, foie gras, chocolate, and wild rabbit blood. Beneath the chocolate sauce, there is the royale custard made of eggs, consommé and porcini mushrooms, a chestnut confit and a fig-apple purée sauce. When all five parts of this dish are eaten together it performs a perfect symphony of flavors each one elevating the other.
    White Amour Plate - Sauce Chevreuil

    White Armor Plate: Sauce Chevreuil

  • White Armor Plate: Sauce Chevreuil - This dish was created by Eishi during the 5th Bout of the Rebels Vs. Central Régiment de Cuisine. By using the salt crusting method, Eishi was able to concentrate the delicate flavors, juices, and blood of the venison to its most delicious form. The dish is so beautiful, that it made Anne hesitate to eat it. With the consumer eats this dish, the flavor echoes across the mouth and nose, resulting in the deliciousness attacking every sensory organ in the human body. And when combined with Rindō Kobayashi's Mushroom Mille-Feuille~Stuffed with Duxelles~ it can take the consumer to The Gourmet Eden!
  • Demi-Glace Accompanied Beef & Chicken Duet - This dish was created by Eishi during the second round of the BLUE competition. Using only the items available from the BLUE convenience store, Eishi created a chicken mousse and minced beef stuffed pastry, accompanied by a sauce made from demi-glace and red wine. Despite being made from convenience store items, the luxurious quality of the dish would not be out of place at any haute cuisine restaurant. The sweet and sour aroma of the demi-glace automatically stimulates the diner's palette, and the synergy between the three main elements create an enticing richness.

Collaboration Dishes: Edit

ClubsEdit

Cooking Duel RecordsEdit

Official ShokugekiEdit

Rivals Culinary
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Dish Stipulations Results Record
(W-L-D)


Rebels Vs Central Régiment de Cuisine Edit

Round Rival Culinary
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Dish Results


Misc. Cooking DuelsEdit

Rival Culinary
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Dish Stipulation Results
Eishi Tsukasa Vs. Sōma Yukihira


TriviaEdit

  • Eishi (瑛士) is comprised of the kanji for "crystal" (瑛 Ei) and "gentleman" (士 Shi). Tsukasa (司) literally means "official".

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shokugeki no Soma: Betsubara #6
  2. Shokugeki no Soma volume 27 extras
  3. New Food Wars! Original Anime DVD Casts Akira Ishida, Hisako Kanemoto
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 1
  5. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 5
  6. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 3-5
  7. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 4
  8. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 9-10
  9. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 131, pages 13-15
  10. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 37, page 19
  11. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 40, pages 1-3
  12. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 3-4
  13. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, pages 6-7 & 17
  14. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 1-11 & 13
  15. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 124, pages 14 & 16
  16. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 126, page 10
  17. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 134, pages 15-17
  18. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 142, page 10
  19. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 148, page 13
  20. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 148, pages 9-12
  21. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 132, pages 13-14

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