Tōtsuki Culinary Academy: Allies and RivalsEdit
Like all of the first years, Kuga looked down on Sōma during Autumn Leaf Viewing and didn't considered him worth his time to be challenged in a Shokugeki. However, after Sōma stopped his perfect streak at the Moon Banquet Festival, he began to acknowledge Sōma's skills and told Rindō that he believed that the first year chef would continue to get stronger. To that end, Kuga appeared before Sōma during the third round of the Promotion Exams to offer the Chinese RS's help before his rematch against Akira Hayama. Here, he admitted to Berta that Sōma's greatest quality as a chef was his adamant refusal to rest until he finds what he is looking for.