|“||In contrast with humans' short lives...cooking is just too deep and vast...||”|
—Eishi Tsukasa, his philosophy about cooking.
Eishi is a handsome student with medium-length white hair, which covers his forehead and runs down to his nape. He also has icy blue 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 Régiment de Cuisine and BLUE, he wears a red tie, loosely tied around his neck and slung over his shoulder.
Eishi, despite being the former 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council, is quite pessimistic and prone to self-loathing. 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. He is also quite nervous standing in front of people and prefers to work unseen by others. 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. 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 Sōma as a support.
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.
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 Camp, Stagiaire, 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.
At some point, while performing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Eishi felt a sudden anger towards the guests of the event. Azami Nakiri later approached him, which stated that the energy and passion he put in his dish has not reached the "pigs" in the hall, stunning him. The two would later come in contact with each other and discussed their thoughts about gourmet, Eishi finds himself relaxed with his presence which he never felt in the long time.
Before his debut, he alongside other members of the Elite Ten gathered and selected the participants of the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election. 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.
Moon Banquet FestivalEdit
Main article: Moon Banquet Festival Arc
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. 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.
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.
After two weeks, Eishi appeared during the Moon Banquet Festival's opening ceremony, where he was reminded by Terunori to keep his promise. 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.
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.
Main article: Central Arc
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. After Eizan's defeat by Sōma in a Shokugeki, Eishi watched as Sōma challenged the Elite Ten Council during the live broadcast. 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, where Sōma Yukihira is one of the student, who also volunteered to be his sous chef. Impressed by Sōma's performance, he asked him if he's interested in joining Central.
Sōma, however rejected the idea as he doesn't want his cooking to be under Central, but Eishi answered him that he only wanted his assisting ability and he couldn't care less about his cooking. After Sōma claimed that he might be better than him, Eishi then decided to challenged him betting his Seat on the Council, and if he win, Sōma will be his sous chef. Sōma agreed and the battle ensues.
Eishi started by taking the backstrap of the tendon,slice off the layer of fat and tendons, cutting them into squares. He then rub the meat with salt and pepper, and he hold it inside the broiler to raise it slowly. Eishi's ability to "talk with his ingredients" is highlighted, and the amazing ability of his is enough for Hisako Arato, who's watching at the window, who just smelled it to feel its power. In the middle of the match, Sōma asked the First Seat on what the Central is trying to accomplish, where Eishi answered that their plan is to shutdown all the restaurants in Japan, with few exceptions.
Eishi revealed that all inferior restaurants will be eradicated for the sake of the higher gourmet plans and view all the affected establishments as "necessary sacrifice." As the battle continues, Eishi noticed Sōma rummaging his bag, looking for a certain recipe, though, few seconds later, he returned to his own cooking. The First Seat called Sōma an enigma, asking him if he will be all right and doubting his abilities to make a decent dish because of his eccentric ingredients and cooking styles, which Sōma answered with a smile that he will be surprised. Later on, Sōma finished cooking and served his dish to Eishi.
Since there are no judges, Eishi suggested that they should just taste each other's dish and compare it but the discoveries of Hisako and Erina freaked Eishi out, he did suggest to both of them to be the judges. Eishi then proceed to taste Sōma's dish, Charcoal Grilled Venison Round Steak~Chestnut Sauce~, where he is astonished at the chef's skill in French cuisine. Eishi then bring out his dish, Venison Roast Showing Two Expressions, where he easily overwhelmed Hisako and Sōma.
Declared as the winner by Erina, Eishi made Sōma understand the difference between their abilities. Eishi then decided to call off the battle, as he had come to the resolution that having Sōma as his right-hand man is problematic. When asked by Erina if he pitied him, Eishi answered that it's the opposite, Sōma will never waver no matter what he do. As he leaves the kitchen, he stated that the current freshman are worrying him.
Several days later, Eishi had a meeting with Azami Nakiri where they talked about how different the current First Years are, and especially noted Sōma Yukihira as the man in the center. Both of them then prepare for the battlefield that will break them, the Promotion Exams.
Main article: Promotion Exams Arc
Eishi Tsukasa, live on television, announced the schedule for the Promotion Exam, and stated that the Promotion Exams under the Azami Administration will be very different. Telling that as long as they follow Central's teaching, passing it is a piece of cake. He then warned all those who opposed the Central will face such consequences, finishing the broadcast.
Before the Promotion Exams occurs, Eishi, the rest of Elite Ten, and Azami Nakiri held the competition called Elite Ten Battle Royale, looking for talented chefs to fill in the open three Seats. Eishi expected that all the Third Years will make it but he got as Akira Hayama easily defeated the powerful Third Years.
Eisi, along with other members of Elite Ten, boarded the plane to Hokkaido for the Promotion Exams.
Eishi then fought Isami Aldini in the Third Examination where he easily defeats him, expelling him. The First Seat later learned from Azami that a Régiment de Cuisine will happen and ordered to tell it to other Elite Ten members which Eishi obeyed.
Few days later, Eishi accompanied Azami in the negotiation against the rebels, Eishi mostly remained silent at the detail explanations but as he and his follow Elite Ten members revealed the collected IDs of the expelled rebels, Eishi confidently provoked them with a smug smile. After the negotiation, Eishi and the rest left the meeting place.
Régiment de CuisineEdit
At the specifically-built Regiment de Cuisine Arena, Eishi and the seven other Elite Ten members appears as a the representative of Central facing the eight chefs representing the Rebels. Eishi decided to not take part in the First Bout and remain on the sideline, though from time to time, he's giving side comments, like sympathizing with his underclassmen, Julio Shiratsu.
Witnessing Nene Kinokuni's defeat at the hands of Sōma Yukihira, he praised the rebel chef and wished that he actually agreed to be his assistant. He later praise Julio's skills on handling his ingredients which resulted in a perfect dish. After Julio and Shōko Kaburagi's defeat, the First Bout is over, Eishi heads to the restroom where he was approached by Terunori Kuga who challenged him on the next Shokugeki.
Eishi answered that he will think about it as he leaves the restroom. At the start of the Second Bout, Eishi is confirmed to be participating where he faced the excited Kuga for the 1st Card.
With the theme, Green Tea, Eishi engaged into deep thoughts of what he's about to cook. Upon seeing his opponent finally started, he complimented Kuga and call his removal to the Elite as a waste where Kuga rejected. Eishi started picking up his ingredient and started cooking as well, taking notice of the battle between Rindō Kobayashi and Tōsuke Megishima at the same time, especially on Rindō where he gives exposition on her skills and abilities.
Back to his cooking, Eishi prepared four types of green tea where he then boiled in different temperatures in the southern kettle. Eishi looks into Kuga and commented on his work, and claiming that with the way he is, he will never be able to defeat him, only to be startled by Subaru Mimasaka's surprise assist to the Eight Seat. Witnessing Kuga's new abilities and improvements in their match, Eishi recognized Kuga's change.
After the tasting of Rebel's dish, Eishi complimented Kuga but stated that their passion and effort is not enough to defeat him and his fellow third-years. After the WGO Judge, Anne, tasted his dish, she was stunned and completely speechless. Eishi requested the judge to taste it again but with the soup this time, despite Anne's protest, Eishi feeds the judge himself. Later on in the match, Eishi apologized to Sōma for defeating his teammates as the Second Bout ended with the Central's complete victory.
The battle, however, took Eishi's energy than he expected, and tired for another match, he refused to participate in the Third Bout. Eishi then decided to spend the entirety of Third Bout resting in his room.
While Satoshi is having a conversation with Nene, Eishi interrupted them and try to recruit the former Seventh Seat to Central if he wins, he gives him a time to think about his offer as the First Seat served his dish, Lièvre À La Royale, to the WGO judges. The dish is initially considered inferior to Satoshi's Japanese Wild Rabbit Soup, but further analysis declared the dish as superior, winning the battle. However, despite his victory, Eishi's proposal got rejected by Satoshi, which made him sigh in disappointment.
At the end of Fourth Bout, the Final Bout has been announced with Eishi and his partner, Rindō, facing Sōma and Erina, which is to make a two-course meal embodying True Gourmet. The next morning, Eishi confirmed that he's in his top of his game and fully prepared for the final battle, he will also be making the Main Dish.
Eishi is initially annoyed by the fact that if they win, their jobs will even get harder, but he looks at the bright side, as winning means no one will get in their way anymore, and it's also a sacrifice for an even greater cuisine, and thus, he continued cooking.
After the tasting Rindō's appetizer, Eishi presented his dish which he claimed to be as his "specialty." The audience has been taken aback by his dish, wishing to taste it at least once in their lives. After cracking the salt crust, a gleaming, brilliant red meat emerged from within, completing his dish, the White Armor Plate: Sauce Chevreuil, with the deer's meat as its star. The dish, combined with Rindō's appetizer, is powerful enough to bring the judges, and even Azami Nakiri himself to the Gourmet Eden, it's also delicious that Azami managed to activate his "Blessing" as a proof of its extreme deliciousness. Eishi then got taken aback by Sōma when he claimed that he will be a making a dish that can defeat him, his own "specialty."
After Erina challenged him and Rindō to taste their creations, Eishi agreed as he is curious about Sōma's dish. Finishing the appetizer, both tasted Erina's dish and surprised at its power enough to blow them away. Him and Rindō are seen sweating after tasting Erina's dish, overwhelmed.
Azami's Blessing activate enough to throw him and Rindō into confusion, as the dish created by Erina and Sōma proved to be delicious much to Azami's disagreement. Eishi has gone speechless at the happening that he can't answer Azami's rants, and few seconds later, Eishi has been affected by the Blessing as well, the Rebels soon are declared winner
The defeated Eishi approached Satoshi and asked him how the duo managed to create an amazing dish despite their personalities clashing which Satoshi answered that they're truly enjoying what they're doing, relieving Eishi.
When Spring arrives, Eishi graduated along with his fellow Third Year Elite Ten members, Eishi and Rindō spend their days catching aquatic animals in Amazon Rainforest.
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.
Eishi was then approached by numerous reporters cheering for him calling him as the shining star of the Light Chefs. After Sōma failed his first attempt for the second challenge, Eishi appeared and served his dish, Demi-Glace Accompanied Beef & Chicken Duet, the dish proved to be very powerful as the judge, Lanterby, gave his dish a price of $587, succesfully passing the trial. Eishi is then called by Lanterby who gave him dollar bills he earned, having no bag at him, Eishi is distressed not knowing where to put the money.
After Sōma passed the Second Gate, Eishi mentioned the extra prize of BLUE, becoming the Bookmaster's private chef, Eishi shows interest to it and wanted to see if his cooking can reach that person.
As the Third Gate opens, Eishi and the three first years meet the elite Noirs who granted pass from First and Second Gate, much to Sōma's frustration. Eishi is also commented on Sarge's cooking utensil, calling it as a "dangerous weapon" rather than a proper tool. Following Sarge's challenge, Eishi prepared himself in making a dish worthy of being called a "specialty", the former First Seat revealed his new equipment, an extra-long grater, where he used to slice beef tenderloin into pieces.
Before the fight started, Asahi suggests a game: if he wins, he will take Eishi's extra-long grater which confuses the former First Seat. The battle begun with young chicken meat as a theme, and Eishi shows a very impressive performance as his abilities evolved even further, but despite that, Asahi's superhuman ability, Cross Knives, is powerful enough to impress the judges, resulting in his shocking defeat, eliminating him from BLUE.
Eishi later appeared at the semi-final match between Sōma Yukihira and Asahi Saiba as he was apologizing that because of his defeat, Asahi became even stronger but still believes in the abilities of his underclassmen.
As the former 1st seat of the Elite Ten, he was the best student in the entire academy prior his removal. 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. He was also able to become the 1st seat of the Elite Ten while in his second year.
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.
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.
- 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 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
Cooking Duel RecordsEdit
|Terunori Kuga||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Unknown
||Win - Unknown||1-0-0|
Rebels Vs Central Régiment de Cuisine Edit
|2nd Bout||Terunori Kuga||Green Tea||Purée Soup from Four Types of Green Teas||Win - Eishi is allowed to continue in the Régiment de Cuisine.|
|4th Bout||Satoshi Isshiki||Wild Rabbit||Lièvre À La Royale||Win - Eishi is allowed to continue in the Régiment de Cuisine.|
|5th Bout||Erina Nakiri & Sōma Yukihira||True Gourmet||White Armor Plate: Sauce Chevreuil||Loss - All of the rebels' expulsions are overturned and all Elite Ten members on Central's side lose their seats.|