A committee formed by the best ten students in the internal evaluations. In Tōtsuki, many affairs are left for students to decide. What to do in these affairs is decided by the members of the Elite Ten in their conferences. They are directly below the director in the organizational chart, even the lecturers must obey the Elite Ten. It's truly the highest decision-making organ in the academy.
The Tōtsuki Elite Ten Council (遠月十傑評議会 Tōtsuki Jyukketsu Hyōgikai) is the student council in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy formed by the ten best students.
The Elite Ten is an illustrious group of students in Tōtsuki comprised of the ten best students in the entire academy each year. This organization is responsible for handling the academy's internal evaluations, including judging the achievements based on the student presentations in the academy grounds as well as helping organize events including the Tōtsuki Autumn Election. Because of their status in the academy, they have certain freedoms when carrying out personal projects such as Erina Nakiri's kitchen expansion project, which resulted in the demolition and disbanding of many Tōtsuki clubs with famed history. They are also given a large budget by Tōtsuki Culinary Academy for them to utilize in any conceivable reason as long as the purchases are related to cooking and food research. The extent is shown through Rindō Kobayashi and Megumi Tadokoro, who have both used this power to travel the world to exotic locations for the sake of improving their cooking.
Their authority in the academy is second only to the current director. That being said, even the lecturers have less authority than they do and must obey anything they say. Their power in the Academy is much more powerful, enough so that they can formally request a new director of the campus if the majority of the council votes in favor and overrule the director's wishes himself. Inside of the group itself, members are placed in a ranked order with the 1st seat being the best student in the entire academy. For many, the 1st seat is the highest honor possible in the academy and most successful chefs in the culinary world have been a 1st seat, including Gin Dōjima and Kojirō Shinomiya. Even then, other alumni who attained even the 2nd seat easily found success in their culinary careers.
Selection and Seating Order
In order to be selected to join the Elite Ten, an Elite Ten review committee scouts any student in the academy who possesses exceptional will, determination, and drive to improve their cooking to the highest level. Academic grades, performances in certain events such as the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp and Stagiaire, and most importantly, their Shokugeki records have been major factors for all members chosen for the council. It has been shown on multiple occasions however, that seating order does not necessarily define the strength and/or prowess of an individual and that a lack of initiative or motive has resulted in situations where students with more skill are ranked lower than their higher-ranked peers.
Members within the Elite Ten have been known to challenge higher seated members for their seats, though it is not known what kind of compensation comes from a loss between seated members. Students can become a member as early as the beginning of their first year in the high school section as demonstrated by Erina. Azami Nakiri demonstrated that a first year student can acquire a seat as high as the 3rd seat, provided that they show their worth to claim a seat. Towards the end of his first year, Soma Yukihira went as far as to win the 1st Seat for his contribution in the Regiment de Cuisine. However, a vast majority of the seated members are generally 2nd and 3rd year Tōtsuki students. Elite Ten members can use their seat as compensation for a Shokugeki as long as they agree that it is feasible. Non-seated students are allowed to challenge a seated member to a Shokugeki for their membership in the council. However, considering the amount of influence and reputation that an Elite Ten seat carries, challenging an Elite Ten Council member carries serious risks. Should a challenger lose the Shokugeki for a seat, according to Satoshi Isshiki, even expulsion from Tōtsuki will not equate to an Elite Ten seat. Most seated members will not accept a challenge from an unseated student due to a lack of interest from battling them since they are focused on attaining a higher seat. However, seated members can willingly give up their position as compensation for a Shokugeki which carries less risks for the challenger, should they lose. After the fateful Regiment de Cuisine, the members of the newly formed Elite Ten were willing to accept Shokugeki challenges from any Tōtsuki student and wagered their seats.
Seated members are considered master level chefs, often of their own specialties, but are known to be extremely flexible, showing great skill outside of their own cooking forte. Many are even well known within the cooking industry for their contributions despite their youth.
The newest and only transfer student into the high school level of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. Hailing from the Sumiredōri Shopping District, Sōma is an unorthodox chef, specializing in the original cooking style, Yukihira Style, which was invented by his father, Jōichirō Yukihira. Due to his infamous ambitious speech during the 92nd High School Opening Ceremony, many of his classmates have sought him out to prove that they are the one who will stand at the top of Tōtsuki. He is appointed by Senzaemon Nakiri as the 1st Seat after the Régiment de Cuisine.
A resident of Polar Star Dormitory, Satoshi is famous for his uncanny cooking skills and sly cunning beneath his benevolent and silly personality, along with his care for his Polar Star kouhai. With the vegetables grown on the Polar Star plantation, Satoshi has helped to sell the vegetables to local kitchens and even goes out of his way to teach personal classes at the DEF Kitchen. While he previously lost his seat in the Elite Ten for opposing Azami's doctrine, he regained his seat when the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine.
President of the Chinese Cuisine RS, Terunori has trained his Research Society to be able to cook any dish on his menu with such precision, all members can cook a menu dish with no difference in taste from another member. He previously lost his seat in the Elite Ten for opposing Azami's doctrine but regained it when the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine.
A master of spices, the winner of the 92nd Tōtsuki GenerationTōtsuki Autumn Election, and the former champion of the Shiomi Seminar, Akira became the provisional 9th Seat of the Elite Ten council after Terunori's position was forcibly vacated by Azami. After his loss against Sōma in the Promotion Exams, he lost his seat in the Elite Ten alongside being expelled from the academy. Hayama's expulsion was reversed when the Rebels overthrew Central and took the 4th Seat sometime within the following four months.
Alice's assistant who is normally lazy and passive. However, once he wears his signature headband, he becomes a much more aggressive and intense person. Former head chef of a local Danish pub, Ryō was "rescued" off the streets of Northern Europe after his first encounter with Alice. Since then, Ryō accompanies Alice wherever she goes as her assistant. His cooking forte is seafood, with all kinds of fishes and crustaceans, primarily lobsters, as his main ingredient. His expulsion was reversed. He obtains the 5th seat in the Elite Ten sometime within the following four months.
The current headmaster, Erina's Danish cousin who specializes in molecular gastronomy and Kurokiba's master. Cunning and wise-cracking, Alice is Erina's rival and shows interest in Sōma's interesting personality and cooking style while attempting to humble Sōma and dethrone her cousin as the top prospect. After her expulsion was reversed during Central’s downfall, she earned the 6th seat sometime within the following four months.
The self-proclaimed rival of Sōma. Takumi hails from Florence, Italy and worked for his uncle's restaurant Trattoria Aldini until he recommended that they test their skills at Tōtsuki. Takumi is an Italian cuisine expert and sees Sōma as his greatest rival in the Academy. He earned a seat in the Elite Ten when the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine against Azami's Central.
With a large gang behind him, Etsuya has garnered himself a notorious reputation as a Yankee. Despite being only a second year, Etsuya is a well-known business consultant, helping many business Japan prosper, garnering him the nickname the Alquimista. After the Regiment de Cuisine, he managed to regain a seat into the new Elite Ten sometime within the following four months.
Scion to the Kinokuni family, Nene is well versed in traditional Japanese arts. Deadpan, but wielding a sharp tongue. Nene is a soba specialist, specializing in handcrafted soba through the methods of the Kinokuni family that has been passed down for generations. She had originally opposed the Rebels and lost; however, she managed to regain a seat into the new Elite Ten sometime within the following four months.
A meek and polite Tōhoku native. Megumi was considered a weak student due to her lack of confidence and performance anxiety, resulting in low grades. She was initially considered the student most likely to fail out of Tōtsuki. Thanks to Sōma's help and encouragement, Megumi's skill has drastically improved and has become the underdog of the class. Her cooking evokes the feelings of warmth and is filled with hospitality towards the eater. She earned her seat in the Elite Ten after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine against Azami's Central.
Considered a Living Legend in Tōtsuki, Gin was a central pillar of the Polar Star Dormitory's Golden Era and one of the most notable alumni to grace the academy. After achieving the highest graduation exam score in the history of Tōtsuki, Gin went on to become the General Head Chef & Board of Directors for the Tōtsuki Resort.
Jōichirō was the creator of his own original cooking style, the Yukihira Style, and was known across the academy as Asura. Like Gin, Jōichirō was a central pillar of the Polar Star Dormitory's Golden Era. Due to pressure from his peers to keep excelling and being the best in Tōtsuki, he left the Academy by the suggestion of Senzaemon Nakiri, thus Jōichirō did not graduate from Tōtsuki. However, this did not stop him from becoming a world famous freelance chef before he settled down in Sumiredōri Shopping District to raise a family and run his own restaurant, Restaurant Yukihira.
Not much is known about Riko aside from the fact that she held the 4th seat in the Elite Ten Council during the Polar Star Dormitory's golden era. She was the best female chef in the Academy during her second year at Tōtsuki and was only beaten out by fellow Polar Star residents Gin, Jōichirō, and Azami.
The son-in-law of Senzaemon Nakiri, Azami was previously a 3rd seat of the Elite Ten Council under Jōichirō and Gin in his first year at Tōtsuki. By his second year, he had obtained the first seat. Later in life, he became the father of Erina Nakiri and eventually became the Director of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy after he forced Senzaemon to retire. After the Régiment de Cuisine, he was ousted from his position as the Director and leaves Tōtsuki again.
The youngest known member of the Polar Star Golden Era, Jun is an expert spice researcher. According to Akira Hayama, Jun previously was a member of the Elite Ten Council. However, the highest seat she ever took is unknown.
Nicknamed the Légumes Magician, his most notable achievement up to date is receiving the honor of being the first Japanese man to ever win the Pluspol medal, a medal awarded to the chef with the highest contribution in culinary aspects in France at that respective year. He also owns a restaurant in France named Shino's and its Japan branch, Shino's Tokyo.
A graduate of the 79th Tōtsuki Generation, Fuyumi was a colleague and fellow 79th Generation classmate of Kojirō and was the 2nd Seat of the Elite Ten Council by the time she graduated from the academy. After graduating, Fuyumi went on to become the head chef and owner of the Italian Restaurant, Ristorante F.
A graduate of the 80th Tōtsuki Generation. Hinako was good friends with Fuyumi and Kojirō. During her time at Tōtsuki, Hinako was known as the "Mist Empress" and eventually held the 2nd Seat of the Elite Ten Council during her third year. After graduating, Hinako went on to establish her own Washoku styled Japanese Restaurant, Kirinoya.
A graduate of the 88th Tōtsuki Generation. Little is known about Taki's life at Tōtsuki aside from the fact that she managed to earn the second seat in the Elite Ten. After graduation, she went on to establish her own Spanish restaurant, Taki Amarillo.
A graduate of the 89th Tōtsuki Generation. Little is known about Sonoka's life at Tōtsuki aside from the fact that she managed to earn the second seat in the Elite Ten. After graduation, she went on to establish her own restaurant, Shunkatei.
Despite being a 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council, Eishi is incredibly pessimistic and prone to self-loathing. Nevertheless, he had always displayed excellent skill and tremendous knowledge that maximized the essences of any ingredient he has touched. Known otherwise as 'The White Knight of The Table', Eishi commands great respect from the students and other Elite Ten members.
One of the more socially outgoing members of the Elite Ten Council, Rindō is a world-class traveler who specializes in unorthodox, exotic ingredients for her cooking, such as alligator. She is formerly the best female student in the academy and seeks to find more excitement in her last year at Tōtsuki.
Known as the Shokugeki hating chef, Tōsuke is a Ramen master who currently leads the Ramen industry in Japan. Despite his lack of interest in competing, he somehow obtained the third seat of the Elite Ten. As he opposed Azami's doctrine which suffocated many of the Ramen businesses he has helped, Tōsuke lost his seat in the process. However, his seat was regained when the Rebels won the Regiment de Cuisine, although he graduated not long after.
Not much is known about Shōko aside from the fact that she was one of the three students who won the battle royale for the vacated seats of the Elite Ten Council. She was technically the strongest member of the 91st generation given her former seat.
A self-proclaimed rival/admirer of Satoshi Isshiki, Julio is an Italian cuisine specialist who uses his trademark rondo style cooking. He is the second student who won the battle royale for the vacated Elite Ten Council seat.
Member of the Nakiri family and granddaughter of Senzaemon Nakiri, Erina, joined the Elite Ten on enrollment due to her being the possessor of the infamous God's Tongue. Her God's Tongue has earned her a bit of infamy in the culinary world as a food consultant as any dish she deems unworthy can instantly end a chef's career. She resigned from her seat in the Elite Ten in order to fight alongside the rebels for the upcoming Régiment de Cuisine. She later became the director of Tōtsuki upon Sōma's and Senzaemon's suggestion.
A skilled stalker with the ability to mimic anyone's cooking style or forte. Subaru has the ability to emulate anyone and take their dishes a step further, improving them to a higher degree. Up until the Autumn Election, Subaru held an impressive 100 Shokugeki win streak until he was eventually defeated by Sōma. Like Ikumi, Subaru has since become an ally of Sōma. He earned a seat in the Elite Ten when the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine against Azami's Central, but lost the seat sometime within the following four months.
In the One-shot, the Elite Ten is comprised of the top students for a specific cuisine field. The only member shown was Julio Rossi Saotome, who was the best Italian chef in the Academy.
A silhouette of all the Elite Ten Council members could be seen in the one-shot of the series. This picture is also used in the series itself.
While the Elite Ten Council was first mentioned in Chapter 2, it took one hundred seventeen chapters for the entire Elite Ten to be formally introduced.
The Elite Ten Council is called the Tōtsuki Council of Ten in the Viz media version of the manga and the English dub of the anime.