The Stagiaire (スタジエール Sutajiēru) is an internship-styled event given to first-year high school students at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy.
Like the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp, the Stagiaire is another class whittling event which takes place shortly after the conclusion of the Tōtsuki Autumn Election and is considered the final hurdle for the first-year students before "truly" entering the high school section of Tōtsuki. Over the course of four weeks, students are assigned to various cooking locations across Japan, working mainly in both high class and public restaurants. Some are sent to food processing plants or general cafeterias. Students may be assigned to a location alone or they may have a partner assigned with them. It is designed to first and foremost, give the students real world occupation training. The students spend a few days at these locations helping out the staff there and are essentially intern workers.
Because this event is to whittle down more students out of the class, they are assigned to make a "visible accomplishment" at their locations. Not only are the students supervised by the location manager, but they are also watched by Tōtsuki staff members. Tōtsuki staff members note all actions performed during their sessions discretely without their notice, even when not in the kitchen. Social media posts made during the week are documented and used if it will compromize that student's performance and the location's well-being during the week and after. Students are expected to make their "visible accomplishment" by the end of the week, though the means of accomplishing this is open to interpretation. Most examples includes creating a new dish or reforming the working infrastructure for that location. If the Tōtsuki staff or the location manager at any time feels that the student has not or will not fulfill the "visible accomplishment" by the end of their time there, they will be expelled. Still, some location managers have been known to actually speak out in defense of the student due to their already abysmal state of business. In the end, the Tōtsuki staff member will notify them if they have completed their week with a proper visual accomplishment.
The true purpose of this assignment is for the students to reflect on their skills and learn to overcome their current limits. According to Senzaemon Nakiri, the Stagiaire is the very last event that eliminates any of the "ordinary" students, leaving behind those who have the talent and mettle to become extraordinary chefs. As a result, the remaining students become targets of the upperclassmen. The upperclassmen begin to challenge the first-years to Shokugekis to test their skills against the first-year's strongest.
- Stagiaire means Trainee in French.