The Promotion Exams Arc is the eighth story arc of the Shokugeki no Soma series. This arc focuses on the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation's final exams for their first year at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy.
- The 92nd Generation begins their Promotion Exams in Hokkaido.
- The students that opposed Central's ideals were forcibly given handicaps during the exams.
- The rebelling students pass the first two days of the exams despite the handicaps.
- On the third day, the students split up trains and the rebels had to take on the Elite Ten Council to advance in the exam.
- Sōma Yukihira faces off against Akira Hayama and wins.
- Takumi and Megumi "face off" against Rindō. Rindō does not actually duel them and passes them by tasting one of their dishes.
- Erina does not duel any of the Elite Ten Council members and passes the third day of the exams.
- Ikumi Mito, Hisako Arato, and Isami Aldini face off against Momo Akanegakubo, Sōmei Saitō, and Eishi Tsukasa respectively and lose.
- All other rebelling students not mentioned above were also expelled, including Alice Nakiri, Ryō Kurokiba, and the other Polar Star Dormitory residents.
- Due to Alice's intervention, the expelled students were allowed to stay until the end of the Régiment de Cuisine, but could not participate in the battle.
- A Régiment de Cuisine is formed, in an effort to return the newly expelled 'rebels' back to the academy. The remaining rebelling students facing off against Central with the following rules:
- The rebelling students will be expelled if they lose.
- Jōichirō returns and joins the rebelling side and offers to join Azami's regime should his side lose.
- Should Central lose, the Elite Ten Council members will offer their seats as compensation, Azami will be ousted as headmaster, and Central's regime will be removed from the academy.
- Erina formally relinquishes her Tenth Seat to join the Rebels for the Régiment de Cuisine.
- Erina will be forced to join Central and must be completely obedient to her father's doctrine should the Rebels lose, which she accepts.
- The Régiment de Cuisine teams each have 8 members.
- The first round of the Régiment de Cuisine comprised of three 1 vs 1 matches.
- Sōma Yukihira faces the 6th seat Nene Kinokuni. The theme is soba. Sōma Yukihira wins the match unanimously. Nene Kinokuni is eliminated.
- Satoshi Isshiki faces the 8th seat Julio Shiratsu. The theme is eel. Satoshi wins the match unanimously. Julio Shiratsu is eliminated.
- Tōsuke Megishima faces the 5th seat Shōko Kaburagi. The theme is unknown unanimously. Tosuke Megishima wins the match. Shoko Kaburagi is eliminated.
- The second round of the Régiment de Cuisine comprised of three 1 vs 1 matches.
- Tōsuke Megishima faces the 2nd seat Rindō Kobayashi. The theme is chili peppers. Rindō Kobayashi wins the match unanimously. Tosuke Megishima is eliminated.
- Subaru Mimasaka faces the 4th seat Sōmei Saitō. The theme is tuna. Sōmei Saitō wins the match unanimously. Subaru Mimasaka is eliminated.
- Terunori Kuga faces the 1st seat Eishi Tsukasa. The theme is green tea. Eishi Tsukasa wins the match unanimously. Terunori Kuga is eliminated.
- The third round of the Régiment de Cuisine comprised of three 1 vs 1 matches.
- Sōma Yukihira faces the 4th seat Sōmei Saitō. The theme is butter. Sōma Yukihira wins the match unanimously. Sōmei Saitō is eliminated.
- Takumi Aldini faces the 7th seat Etsuya Eizan. The theme is beef. Takumi Aldini wins the match unanimously. Etsuya Eizan is eliminated.
- Megumi Tadokoro faces the 3rd seat Momo Akanegakubo. The theme is apple. Momo Akanegakubo wins the match by 2-1. Megumi Tadokoro is eliminated.
- The fourth round of the Régiment de Cuisine comprised of three 1 vs 1 matches.
- Erina Nakiri faces the 3rd seat Momo Akanegakubo. The theme is Muscovado sugar. Erina Nakiri wins the match unanimously. Momo Akanegakubo is eliminated.
- Satoshi Isshiki faces the 1st seat Eishi Tsukasa. The theme is Rabbit. Eishi Tsukasa wins the match unanimously. Satoshi Isshiki is eliminated.
- Takumi Aldini faces the 2nd seat Rindō Kobayashi. The theme is Spear Squid. Rindō Kobayashi wins the match unanimously. Takumi Aldini is eliminated.
- The fifth and final round of the Régiment de Cuisine comprised of a 2 vs 2 match.
- To make sure this becomes the final round, Senzaemon proposed a 2 vs 2 match with each member of the team making one dish (either Appetizer or Main dish). Azami agreed to his proposal.
- Theme has no boundaries, but the dishes should represent true gourmet.
- Sōma and Rindō will make the appetizers while Erina and Tsukasa will make the main dish.
- Sōma and Erina win. Eishi Tsukasa and Rindō Kobayashi are both eliminated, leaving the Rebels victorious.
- Azami Nakamura is stripped of his title as director and leaves.
- The Elite Ten members under Central lose their seats.
- Senzaemon Nakiri decides not to resume his role as headmaster and officially accept his retirement, but appoints Sōma Yukihira as the First Seat and Erina Nakiri, under Soma's suggestion, as the new director of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy as his last duties.
- Tōsuke Megishima, Satoshi Isshiki, Terunori Kuga, regain their positions in the Elite Ten Council. Takumi Aldini, Subaru Mimasaka, and Megumi Tadokoro became new members of the Elite Ten Council.
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