|“||For as long as I can remember... I had already been thrown onto food's battlefield. This place is... LENIENT!!!||”|
—Ryō Kurokiba, at the Autumn Election.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 History
- 4 Plot
- 4.1 The 92nd Orientation Ceremony
- 4.2 Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp
- 4.3 The 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election
- 4.4 Tōtsuki Autumn Election: Preliminary Round
- 4.5 Tōtsuki Autumn Election: Main Tournament
- 4.6 Stagiaire
- 4.7 Moon Banquet Festival
- 4.8 Central
- 4.9 Promotion Exams
- 5 Cooking Style
- 6 Dishes
- 7 Clubs
- 8 Cooking Duel Records
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 Navigation
Ryō is quite tall and has a well-built body. His notable traits include his long, unkempt brownish-black hair and bangs that frame his face and hang just above his chin and his red eyes which have bags around them, giving Ryō a wild appearance overall. For the most part, Ryō's facial appearance makes him appear lazy, slow and disheveled. However, his facial appearance drastically changes when he ties on his bandana, causing his face to become much sharper and fierce. His new persona is much more intimidating than his standard demeanor. After the Stagiaire, Ryō's bangs have shortened, now hanging above his cheeks.
Ryō wears a standard Tōtsuki Uniform, however he tends to keep his jacket unbuttoned and does not wear the standard tie. He also wears a dark colored tank-top under his uniform. Like Sōma, Ryō has a signature piece of headwear that he wears on occasion. He wears a long, flame patterned crimson bandana which he wears when he wants to have a more serious, intimidating look. When he is not wearing it, it is tied around his right wrist. His cooking uniform is generally a sleeveless Chinese styled top. He also wears wristbands.
In his youth, much of his traits remained the same, though his hair was much shorter. He still had his trademark bandana but his general outfit was a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and a white apron whenever he cooked.
For the most part, Ryō is normally very slow, lazy and gloomy. His general demeanor lacks any sort of interest on what is going on around him, but he remains attentive to the needs of Alice. He is not shy to speak his own mind or criticize Alice in this form, but generally will only speak when necessary if he is with anyone but Alice. Because of the bond the two formed in their youth, Ryō is obedient to Alice's requests and protects her from any sort of threats. Many have likened his relationship to her like a dog protecting his master. His speech is formal and simple, but slow.
However, Ryō has a much more passionate personality that only emerges once he wears his signature bandana or any sort of tight-fitting headgear, like a swim cap. This new demeanor is much bolder, wilder and untamed, akin to a wild beast, fittingly called his "Berserk Mode", according to Alice. His facial expressions also become much more savage and can instantly intimidate most with a single glance. His speech is also much more aggressive as he has no qualms as to whom he talks to, even having violent outburst in an instant. Even in his youth, his "mad dog" persona could intimidate even the most sea battered sailors and seasoned ruffian cooks into submission. However, if someone were to remove his headband, he will instantly revert to his usual gloomy personality even in mid sentence. He is well aware of his personality duality.
According to Alice, Ryō has a strong drive to win in competitions stemming from his rough childhood where useless chefs would be cast out of the pub he worked in. Ryō considers all kitchens to be a battlefield with the food a chef makes as a representation of their power. He thus loathes bonds between chefs as he believes that such soft feelings weaken a chef's true capabilities. To Ryō, making a consumer submit to the dishes one makes is the only thing important for a chef. As such, he has yet to find an opponent who holds the same fiery spirit he has when he cooks and gets annoyed when an opponent is either too meek or too calm. But, he does show some respect to those who have earned it such as Megumi during their quarterfinal match, despite his initial view of her. Regardless of his state of his personality, Ryō retains his "wild" instincts, which he honed to allow him to be a master of seafood.
Ryō grew up in a port town in Denmark where he worked at a local pub as one of its chefs. It was a rough environment that would have easily casted him out if he ever showed weakness. To survive, he had to rely solely on his own skills, developing a tenacious fighting spirit in order to endure his hardships in the kitchen. Despite his young age, he eventually became the head chef of the pub and commanded complete authority over his fellow, much older, chefs. Thanks to Ryō's skills, the pub became the talk of the town and news soon reached the Nakiri International Company.
One day, after hearing rumors of the pub, Alice Nakiri paid it a visit. Though Ryō told her that the shop was temporarily closed so he could rest, Alice barged right in. Ryō grabbed her shoulder and told her that she could not be rude since he was a chef of the pub. Alice took an immediate interest in Ryō and soon brought her mother, Leonora Nakiri, to convince her to let her "adopt" Ryō as her aide.
Annoyed by her insistence to make him her aide, Alice convinced him to duel her with Ryō becoming her aide if he lost. In their very first duel, Alice won decisively, but Ryō was not satisfied. Ryō and Alice engaged in hundreds of duels afterwards, but Ryō never won. After two years, all three judges voted for Ryō and he finally won his first duel against Alice. Although Alice was upset by her first loss, Ryō finally acknowledged Alice and called her Milady for the first time. Soon after, Alice invited Ryō to come with her to Tōtsuki and he gladly accepted.
Life in the Tōtsuki Culinary Academy
Spending the next few years with Alice, Ryō entered Tōtsuki Culinary Academy middle school section along with Alice as a part of the new 92nd Tōtsuki Generation. Sometime during their final middle school years, Alice challenged the president of the Cutting-Edge Cooking RS, Kyōichi Makime, to a Shokugeki and won. As Ryō helped Alice clean out the Cutting-Edge Cooking RS clubroom, Kyōichi tried to attack Alice, but Ryō was able to stop him with little effort. Eventually, Ryō completed middle school and entered into the high school section of Tōtsuki Academy.
The 92nd Orientation Ceremony
Main article: Introduction Arc
Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp
Main article: Training Camp Arc
Making it through the first month at Tōtsuki, Ryō, along with the other 92nd Generation students, were sent to Tōtsuki Resort for the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp. Ryō made it through the first two days without any problems.
The Fourth Day & Breakfast Buffet Challenge
Later on the third night, Ryō and the remaining students were summoned to the main hall for a surprise announcement from Gin Dōjima. At 6 AM the next morning, the students will have to create 200 egg breakfast buffet dishes for the hotel guests. With no time to sleep, Ryō and the other students quickly headed to the kitchens to begin selecting their dishes. Ryō accompanied Alice and the two eventually bumped into Erina Nakiri and Hisako Arato. As the Nakiri cousins exchanged insults, Ryō stood behind Alice, clutching two rubber balls that she had given to him, trying to look as intimidating as he could as Alice had instructed him to do so. The Nakiri cousins soon departed from each other and Ryō continued off with Alice without saying a word to Erina or Hisako. Later, when Alice decided to watch Sōma as he prepared, Ryō continued to accompany her and Alice accidentally bumped into him when she tried to leave.
The following day, Ryō completed the task and met up with Alice in Hall "A" as she spoke to Sōma Yukihira and Erina. Alice told Ryō to tell Sōma about her history, but she ended up doing it herself when he was taking too long. After Alice finished telling Sōma what she needed to, Ryō quickly left the hall as the next assignment for the day was about to start.
The Final Day
By the end of the fifth day, most of the students were extremely exhausted from the grueling camp. However, Gin announced that the 628 students that had made it to the end of the fifth day had passed the camp. Their final event was a lavish banquet prepared by the Tōtsuki Alumni. Ryō once again accompanied Alice for the banquet and the next day, Ryō packed up his belongings and returned to the academy.
The 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election
Main article: Tōtsuki Autumn Election Arc
Shortly before the summer break, Ryō and Alice gathered with the rest of their classmates to see who had been selected to participate in the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election. Unsurprisingly Alice had been selected and assigned to the "B" Block while Ryō had been selected as well, but placed in the "A" Block. Alice told Ryō that it was expected for him to make it into the preliminaries and told him not to lose in the preliminaries. Ryō assured her that even if she were to face her, he would try to win, despite Alice's annoyance by his statement.
Nakiri Cousins' Holiday
Main article: Natsuyasumi no Erina
During the summer break before the preliminaries, Ryō accompanied Alice on an outing to a local pool to relax. Alice invited Erina to hang out for the day. During their day at the pool, Ryō sat on a pool chair, watching the Nakiri cousins play as he guarded their belongings. As several of the local boys wanted to go and talk to the Nakiri cousins, Ryō put on a tight swim cap, causing his "mad dog" persona to emerge, scaring away the boys. After observing the cousins' day at the pool, Ryō noted that the two have a good relationship, despite the outward conflict they show.
Tōtsuki Autumn Election: Preliminary Round
See also: 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election
After a month of preparation, Ryō returned to Tōtsuki and joined the 59 other participants for the Autumn Election Preliminaries. After a few inspiring words from Senzaemon, the Preliminary round officially began. Ryō bid farewell to Alice as he headed to the "A" Block area. During the cooking period, Ryō was among the many students who caught the attention of the "A" Block's head judge, Natsume Sendawara. Many in the audience were shocked when Ryō's gloomy demeanor suddenly changed when he tied his bandanna around his head. As he proceeded to cut some spiny lobsters, Natsume was surprised by his extreme speed and precision.
After an hour of cooking, Ryō finalized his dish and gathered with the 29 other participants for the judging round. All of the dishes presented first were immediately met with incredibly low scores, none of which managed to earn a single point from Natsume who did not eat more than a single bite of the curry given to her. However, this trend ended when Ryō presented his dish, a French Curry Lobster Rice with Cognac. Though its flashy appearance failed to impress Natsume, a single bite caused her to take a second bite for the first time. The flavor was described to be a "deep woody" taste of cedar and sandalwood. Ryō revealed that he used Napoleon class cognac to enhance the flavor of his dish.
The dish was good enough to make Natsume give him a score, but Ryō's dish was not done yet as he revealed that they could eat the brain of the lobster if they added droplets of cognac to it. Though Natsume initially refused to "slurp" the brains, Ryō effortlessly forced her to submit to her desire to eat it despite the "vulgar" act. After his impressive display Ryō earned the first satisfactory score with a 93. At the end of the preliminaries, Ryō tied for second with Sōma, qualifying him for the Main Tournament.
Tōtsuki Autumn Election: Main Tournament
The day before the first round of the Main Tournament, Ryō was summoned to Tōtsuki HQ. He is then found out the theme of the match was a ramen dish and that his first opponent was Megumi Tadokoro. Satoshi Isshiki informed them that they will prepare the noodles for their ramen for them and they would only have to choose the style they wanted the noodles to be. Ryō wasted no time by instantly chose the wide noodles. While Satoshi asked for his confirmation, Ryō answered that he was set on his choice.
As the first match between Alice and Sōma concluded, Ryō was already backstage, queuing for his match. As Alice entered, upset from her loss, Ryō told her that her Temari Bento was too pretty and lacked the impact to "subdue" the judges. Though Alice angrily told him to know his place, Ryō reminded her that he has won more cooking battles than she has. As Ryō entered the arena, he immediately donned his bandanna as the match began. During the match, Ryō used a variety of fish leftovers as the dashi for the soup, which caused the crowd to believe that he was making a seafood ramen. Later, he was shown crushing lobster and shrimp shells for his stock.
In the stands, Megumi's supporters were cheering loudly for her, causing Ryō to feel disgusted by the display. He further told Megumi that such sentiments were a weakness for a chef and called such bonds "trash". Megumi defended her friends and told him not to insult them, but Ryō continued to glare at her, causing her to flinch. Meanwhile, to enhance their ramen experience, the judges left their tables to visit both Ryō and Megumi's kitchen areas. Ryō vigorously finished preparing his noodles and topped his ramen bowl with rusk, causing great interest from the audience.
Ryō presented his ramen dish first which he called Soupe De Poisson Ramen. The judges were overwhelmed by the strong impact of his fusion dish. Upon closer inspection, Ryō revealed that the smashed lobster shells became a powder to enhance the flavor of his dish throughout each of the ingredients used. Though Ryō's dish caused most of the judges to submit, the last judge, Senzaemon Nakiri, still stood unfazed. Ryō's Ramen faced Senzaemon directly and impressed him enough to strip without making a single movement. Senzaemon commended his strength and admired his courage. Up in the stands, many of the culinary guests in the audience began sending aides to begin to scout Ryō. Though Ryō's dish immediately removed all attention away from Megumi, she continued to cook unfazed and finally presented after Ryō's presentation.
As Megumi's dish began its judging round, the judges were amazed by the depth of her flavor despite the elegant, simple appearance. Ryō became interested enough to ask for a sample of her ramen as he handed her a sample of his. One taste caused Ryō to realize her hidden strength beneath her physical shortcomings. He acknowledged that Megumi was a worthy opponent and declared that he will not lose to her. As the judging for Megumi's dish concluded, Senzaemon took out his brush to declare the winner. Ryō's name was written, meaning that he would advance to the semifinals while Megumi was eliminated from the tournament.
Immediately after the Quarterfinals concluded, the participants for the Semifinals received a notice for their upcoming match. Ryō learned that his opponent was Akira Hayama and his theme was a western-style dish. With a week to prepare, Ryō spent it preparing for his match. On one particular day, Alice was searching for him and found him doing push-ups in his room. Although she was happy to see him preparing, she immediately sprayed a can of air freshener into his room due to the smell of his sweat. Annoyed, Ryō walked out of the room to take a shower like she asked. On his way out, he told her that she looked quite happy despite her loss to Sōma. Alice took this as a challenge and the two went off to have a cooking duel. The results of this match is unknown.
On the day of the Semifinals, Ryō sat in the waiting area as the first match, a Shokugeki, commenced. After the conclusion of the match, in which Sōma was victorious, Ryō entered the arena to begin his showdown against Akira. The match began with Ryō bringing out an eel, slicing it open with an eel knife. As he looked over to Akira's station, he was annoyed by his opponent's calm demeanor. However Akira retorted that his nose makes it hard for him to lose. With the flair and impact from Akira's spice cooking, the crowd loudly cheered for Akira, while Ryō went silent, too focused on his cooking to notice or care for the audience's opinions. As he continued to cook, he tried to intimidate Akira, saying that no matter what kind of fancy spices he uses, Ryō's dish will overpower it in the end. Suddenly, Ryō had a vision of a talon about to grab him as Akira took out more spices to finish his dish. Akira presented his dish first, overwhelming the judges with the powerful aroma and taste of his Canard Apicius. Sustaining a heavy blow to his ego, Ryō looked like he was down for the count. However, Sōma noticed that he had not lost the fire in his eyes.
Ryō pulled out his last trump card as he presented his Eel Matelote. Even with the nice presentation, the judges were still reeling from Akira's dish. Taki Tsunozaki was not impressed to eat it, but Ryō commanded her to eat the dish before it becomes cold, much to her annoyance. With a single bite, the judges were shocked to learn that he added japanese plum to the dish, causing a harmonious contrast between the eel's fatty taste with the plum's sourness. As the judges recovered, Ryō instructed them to mix the garnish of Broice with the mashed potatoes along with the eel meat and sauce and eat without restraint. Under the spell of the dish, the judges felt that they were no more than prey to Ryō's power.
After the tasting round concluded, Ryō and Akira watched as the judges decided on their verdict. Unlike the previous matches during the Tournament, the judges were frozen, unable to decisively decide the winner. Hinako Inui and Fuyumi Mizuhara decided to vote for Akira while Gin and Taki Tsunozaki voted for Ryō. Sonoka Kikuchi, however, was still unable to decide the winner. Her indecisiveness nearly caused an uproar, with Ryō literally roaring at her, until Gin stepped in and asked the management committee to make a special circumstance for the final round given the splendid showcase of Ryō and Akira's match. It was decided that the final match of the 43rd Autumn Election will be a three-way battle royale between Ryō, Akira, and Sōma.
Road to the Finals
Ryō in particular was not pleased by the result and even roared at the T.S. Newspaper Club who was interviewing him, and needed to be restrained by Alice while venting his frustration. He later looks up in annoyance at the booth Sōma is in after his declaration of feeling like he got a bargain deal to defeat both Akira and Ryō during his own interview. Satoshi then entered the arena, wheeling out a large block of ice which he promptly smashed to reveal the main ingredient of the final round: Pacific Saury, a fish that would bring out the strong points in each of the finalists, in Ryō's case, his heavy usage of seafood which Pacific Saury falls under provides a highly valuable advantage for him. Immediately after the announcement was made, Ryō confronted Akira, calling him a one-trick pony with only a brain for spices, stating that with all of his cards dealt, he would defeat Akira and Sōma in the finals. However, Alice suddenly removed Ryō's headband, instantly calming him down as the two proceeded back to the Nakiri Mansion. On their way out of the Arena, Ryō asked Alice if they could have a cooking duel as soon as they returned so he could quell his uneasiness from the results of his match.
The day after the Semifinals, Ryō went to a local fish market early in the morning with Alice accompanying him. There he encountered Sōma and Megumi who was doing the same thing. There, Sōma displayed some basic knowledge of choosing the best saury, however Ryō said that the one Sōma had chosen was inferior to the one he had. Confused that Ryō's saury was smaller and had a less puffy body, Ryō convinced him to make sashimi with their sauries and had Megumi taste test both. In a side by side comparison, Ryō's was superior. Ryō smugly walked away after, taunting Sōma to learn how to choose a saury by the end of their week to prepare. Over the course of the week, Ryō made regular trips back to the market. The morning before the match, Ryō and Akira were at the market first thing in the morning, but both were at unease due to the lack of Sōma's presence.
Finally, that evening, the Finals began first with the three contestant brandishing their sauries. Ryō and Akira's sauries were shiny, moist, and firm, almost perfect, however Sōma's was dingy and covered with a mysterious brown powder. Ryō was insulted by Sōma's apparent lack of respect towards the match and did not even consider him a threat any longer and focused solely on Akira. After introducing Gin and Senzaemon as two of the three judges for the match, the third and final judge was none other than Leonora Nakiri, Alice's mother. As the roof over the arena opened, the vast starry night sky could be seen as the moon began to creep over the arena roof. With the moon's path in the sky as the time limit for the match, the Final's began.
Ryō quickly set off to work cooking the base of his dish, cutting up shrimp, mussels, and fresh tomatoes while having a bottle of olive oil on the side, signaling that he was making an acqua pazza. However, Ryō brought out heat-resistant film, showing that over the years, Ryō learned a few tricks from Alice. Ryō could sense that Alice was telling him to win, which Ryō acknowledged that he would. Ryō taunted Akira, telling him that with the film, he would defeat him once and for all. Ryō placed his saury and ingredients into the bags and placed them into his oven to finish his dish.
As the first one done with his dish, Ryo presented his dish to the judges before Akira and Sōma. The bag was still boiling hot, but as the judges opened them, an explosion of aroma escaped from the bags, submerging the judges in the smell of his seafood. By containing the acqua pazza in the bags, the flavors blended. Gin was confused by the rich flavor despite the lack of seasoning. Ryō brought out some herb butter which he placed in the bags before putting in the oven. This caused the fish and other ingredients to slowly marinate in it. His dish not only caused Senzaemon to strip off his robe, but also caused Leonora to "strip" by abandoning her awkward Japanese phrasing. The judges were thoroughly impressed, but Akira soon stepped up.
With a single glance at Akira's dish, Ryō was outraged to see Akira walking to the judging table with an hors d'oeuvre. Akira merely retorted saying that aroma alone could change his dish into a main course. With the use of a burner, Akira's dish became a main dish and impressed the judges, not only for its delicious taste, but the fact that he used only allspice. Akira brought up Ryō's earlier taunt that he was a one-trick spice pony, but Akira taunted him that he has more tricks up his sleeve, much to Ryō's anger. Still, there was one last contestant; Sōma. When Sōma presented his dish, the judges were impressed by the simple arrangement of his dish which they stated could even compete with both Ryō and Akira's dishes. However, at the end of the tasting, Senzaemon did not strip his robe, much to Ryō and Akira's pleasure. However, Sōma pulled out one last trick, a white pot which finally caused Senzaemon to strip and put Sōma as a serious contender for the winner of the match.
With the dish judging round over, the final verdict was at hand. The judges praised the competitors for their splendid dishes and performance. However, the deciding factor for the match was the person who could display who they were as a chef through their cooking the most. Victory was given to Akira, meaning that Ryō and Sōma tied for second. Ryō was furious with the results, even lashing out at Alice when she scolded him for losing. When Sōma demanded a sample of Akira's dish, Ryō also demanded for a sample of his own. With a single bite, Ryō declared that he could have made it even better. He then later interrupted Sōma's and Akira's conversation when the former stated they did not know who came in last among the finalist, asking with his mouth full if Sōma was suggesting Ryō was below him. With the results finalized, Ryō was now tied for the third best student of the 92nd Generation with Sōma.
Main article: Stagiaire Arc
Sometime after the conclusion of the tournament, Ryō and Sōma had spent a few days going to Shiomi Seminar to evaluate each other's dishes. During one visit, Jun Shiomi informed Ryō that the Stagiaire event would soon begin and warned him that, like the Training Camp, all of the students would have to make a "visible result" at the locations that they would be performing their Stagiaire, or else face expulsion. However, Ryō arrogantly disregarded the difficulty of the event, much to her annoyance. During his Stagiaire, Ryō was assigned to a curry shop where he soon fell behind in terms of quality of the dishes. The chef had to reprimand Ryō for not knowing anything about the depth of spices and declared he would rather have Akira as a trainee. After a call by Alice, Ryō improved his working rate and learned about the basics of spices. He eventually passed the assignment. Near the end of the event, Ryō was assigned to a restaurant that was popular amongst delinquent teenagers, but unfortunately also had a delinquent chef who was the owner's son and caused many problems. In the week he had spent there, Ryō reformed the boy and many of the former delinquents who treated him like an older brother, thus the restaurant saw a rise in customers. Ryō eventually completed his Stagiaire, thus avoiding expulsion.
Moon Banquet Festival
Main article: Moon Banquet Festival Arc
Shortly after completing the Stagiaire, Ryō attended the Autumn Leaf Viewing along with the other Autumn Election Main Tournament participants. Much to his dissatisfaction, Ryō sat next to Akira, who informed him that he easily passed the Stagiaire, and waited for the Elite Ten to arrive. As the Elite Ten settled down, he observed the event unfolded on both sides. However, Ryō and the others' fighting spirits was kindled when Terunori Kuga explained the true power of an Elite Ten's seat and stated that the current first years did not give them any sort of reason to challenge them yet.
The following day, Ryō and Alice learned about Sōma's decision to place his booth right in front of the Chinese Cuisine RS in the Moon Banquet Festival. In preparation of the event, Ryō and Alice paid a visit to Akira, who was informed that they would be working together and got approval from Jun to use her seminar, much to his annoyance. Afterwards, Ryō was asked by Akira to oust Alice, who declared herself the leader of the trio. However, Ryō instantly gave up as he knew it would be futile to stop her. He and Akira were then dragged by Alice to quickly prepare their booth. Over the course of the next two weeks, Ryō along with Akira were overworked by Alice; as a result, they became unresponsive and exhausted on the day of the festival's opening ceremony.
Due to Alice messing up the orders for ingredients, the Shiomi seminar ended up in the red for the first day, causing Erina to scold them since they were representatives of the Autumn Election. As Akira criticizes Ryō for being so complacent while Alice kept randomly changing the menu, Ryō told him that she would probably do the same thing tomorrow as well.
He won against an "elite" member of central. He is hot and cool, period.
During the promotion exams, Ryō alongside Alice, Somā, and the rest of the Polar Star Dormitory members passed the first two exams despite being handicapped. However, during the third exam, Ryō, Alice and the rest of the rebels were expelled after they were put to a match with members of the Elite Ten with only Erina, Somā, Megumi and Takumi surviving. Thanks to Alice's intervention, the expelled students were allowed to stay and were present in the Regiment de Cuisine. Ryō acknowledged Satosshi's skills in cutting the eel and was surprised after Somā defeated fifth seat member, Somei Saitō, he and Akira did not congratulate Somā for this.
- Seafood - Ryō's style of cooking is centered around the usage of seafood. He has notable skill with preparing all items from the sea, most notably crustaceans, mainly lobsters. He has demonstrated great skill with a knife, able to crush lobster shells with it and even cut them with extreme precision. Growing up in a port town in Denmark, Ryō became an infamous individual as the head chef of a pub at a young age. His skill allowed him to command complete authority over the adult staff, as his cooking was vastly superior to theirs. Ryō's style of cooking is most notable for his ability to concentrate flavors for maximum impact, to the point where it transcends logic. Additionally, Ryō's dishes are all based in European cuisine.
- Instinct - Ryō's natural affinity for seafood allowed him to have a good sense ingredient quality of fish and other seafoods. As demonstrated at the fish market during the week prior to the Finals, Ryō demonstrated the extent of his instincts for seafood quality as he picked a pacific saury that appeared to be lower quality than the one Sōma had picked, however when a side by side sashimi comparison was made, Ryō's was much tastier. Ryō states that this natural instinct comes from years of working with fish and he can judge the quality of all seafood with only a single glance.
- Spice Blends - Having worked in a curry restaurant during his Stagiare, Ryō has developed skills in making spice mixes.
- Molecular Gastronomy - Although not as skilled as Alice, through the numerous years of duels between the two, Ryō picked up a few food science skills from Alice, including the use of droppers and heat-resistant cooking film.
- French Curry Lobster Rice with Cognac - Ryō's curry dish involved with lobster and cognac, a French alcohol. The cognac in particular was the highest quality, giving the dish the impression of a forest and has the aroma of sandalwood. However the dish was not done just from the initial appearance. Ryō encouraged the judges to eat the tamally inside the spiny lobster's head with droplets of cognac then eat the roux and saffron rice. This final part of the dish sent the head judge, Natsume Sendawara's mind into space!
- Soupe De Poisson Ramen - Ryō's seafood ramen dish combines French Cuisine's soupe de poisson with ramen to create a fusion dish that is both hearty and full of impact. The toppings include three types of cheese, rouille, tenkasa and rusk that was covered with echiré butter. Combined with a generous coating of crushed dried crustacean shells which include lobster and shrimps to the toppings, broth and noodles, the dish's rich flavor is like an all out brawl to the death for those who eat it and can even cause the Senzaemon Nakiri to strip without a single movement.
- Eel Matelote - A French recipe adaptation by Ryō using eel. The eel is simmered in red wine while fried with a eel crepiné fat netting. Inside the eel is an explosive yet bizarre combination with the sourness of dried japanese plums. Combined together with its garnitures of the texturful mashed potatoes and the fluffy brioche, this dish can make anyone who eats it abandon all restraint and surrender to their most base desires to simply gorge it all down like a wild animal.
- Autumn Pacific Saury Cartoccio - A dish similar to an acqua pazza utilizing the usage of Heat Resistant film, multiple shellfish and herb butter to create a delicious pacific saury dish that submerges anyone in an ocean of rich flavor and aroma. It showcases the bond that Ryō and Alice have developed over the years since their childhood.
- Salmon Coulibiac - A dish made by Ryō, during his Shokugeki against Rentarō Kusunoki during the Survivors' Purge. This French Russian dish consists of a brioche shell and a salmon fillet centre. Using grains such as buckwheat kasha and butter rice concentrates the flavor of the salmon, but the secret to this dish is a spinach crepe which is seasoned with multiple spices even bacon that has been turned into powder. The sheer volume of this dish is enough to send a jolt through your brain like lightning, all served on one plate!
- Red King Crab Innards and Seas Urchin Soup with Salmon Roe - Ryō's dish during the BLUE preliminaries.
- Yuan-Style Grilled Tokishirazu - (TBA)
- Cutting-Edge Cooking Research Society - Ryō became a member of the Cutting-Edge Cooking RS after Alice's victory in a Shokugeki against the former president, Kyōichi Makime. Ryō successfully defended the club against Rentarō Kusunoki during the Survivor's Purge. However, he failed to pass the third phase of the Promotion Exams, which resulted in his expulsion from the Academy. After the Régiment de Cuisine, the Research Society reinstates and Kurokiba's expulsion was revoked.
- Elite Ten Council - Ryō is the current 5th of the Elite Ten Council.
Cooking Duel Records
The 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election
|Quarterfinals||Megumi Tadokoro||Ramen||Soupe De Poisson Ramen||Win - Ryō advances to the Semifinals|
|Semifinals||Akira Hayama||Western-Style||Eel Matelote||Tie - Ryō advances to the Finals|
|Finals||Akira Hayama & Sōma Yukihira||Pacific Saury||Autumn Pacific Saury Cartoccio||Loss - Akira Hayama wins the 43rd Annual Autumn Election|
|Cutting-Edge Cooking RS Vs. Central Shokugeki|
|Rentarō Kusunoki||Salmon||Salmon Coulibiac||Win: Cutting-Edge Cooking RS remains intact
||Win - Cutting-Edge Cooking RS remains intact.||1-0-0|
|Akira Hayama||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Ryō will receive the higher seat in the Elite Ten Council.
||Various - Of the official Shokugekis between Ryō and Akira, Ryō has won 16 battles and lost 17.||17-17-0|
|Alice Nakiri||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Ryō will receive the higher seat in the Elite Ten Council.
||Various - Of the official Shokugekis between Alice and Ryō, Ryō has won 19, lost 20, and tied once.||36-37-1|
Misc. Cooking Duels
|Alice Nakiri||Various||Various||None - Ryō and Alice constantly battle each other to improve their skills, as Ryō believes that a bit of competition will make them stronger.||Unknown - The true victory totals are unknown between the two, but Ryō hints that he has won more times by the time of the Quarterfinals of the Autumn Election.|
|Unknown Elite Ten member||Unknown||Unknown||Win - Ryō will complete the third Promotion Exam and move onto his second year at Tōtsuki.
||Loss - Ryō is expelled from Tōtsuki.|
- Ryō, if written in kanji, can mean "coolness" (涼), "clear" (亮), "good" (良), or "distant" (遼).
- Kurokiba (黒木場) literally translates to "black lumberyard". Alternatively, it can be read as Kuro Kiba (黒牙) which means "black fang".
- Although he made his full appearance in Chapter 28, his name was only revealed in Chapter 53, 25 chapters after his proper debut. Prior to this, Ryō was often addressed as Alice's Partner.
- Prior to his official debut, Ryō made a cameo appearance during the opening ceremony at Chapter 4 in a prototype of his current design. His hair was much tidier, he had a bandage across the bridge of his nose, and he wore a yin-yang necklace.
- Ryo bears a striking resemblance to Sasuke Uchiha from the series Naruto: Shippuden
- Shokugeki no Soma volume 23, page 199
- Food Wars Anime Casts Nobuhiko Okamoto, Chinatsu Akasaki
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 192
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 4
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 5-14
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 121, page 19
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 122, pages 16-18
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 124, pages 5-7 & 13
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 126, pages 4-7
|Isami Aldini • Takumi Aldini • Daigo Aoki • Hisako Arato • Ken Dakekanba • Madoka Enomoto • Akira Hayama • Miyoko Hōjō • Shun Ibusaki • Takumi Ishiwatari • Urara Kawashima • Ryō Kurokiba • Zenji Marui • Subaru Mimasaka • Ikumi Mito • Alice Nakiri • Erina Nakiri • Nao Sadatsuka • Ryōko Sakaki • Yua Sasaki • Shōji Satō • Megumi Tadokoro • Yūki Yoshino • Sōma Yukihira|
|1st Seat||Gin Dōjima (69th Gen.) • Azami Nakamura (71st Gen.) • Kojirō Shinomiya (79th Gen.) |
Eishi Tsukasa (90th Gen.) • Sōma Yukihira (92nd Gen.)
|2nd Seat||Jōichirō Saiba (69th Gen.) • Fuyumi Mizuhara (79th Gen.) • Hinako Inui (80th Gen.)|
Taki Tsunozaki (88th Gen.) • Sonoka Kikuchi (89th Gen.) • Rindō Kobayashi (90th Gen.) • Satoshi Isshiki (91st Gen.)
|3rd Seat||Azami Nakamura (71st Gen.) • Tōsuke Megishima (90th Gen.) • Momo Akanegakubo (90th Gen.)|
Terunori Kuga (91st Gen.)
|4th Seat||Riko Ebisawa (70th Gen.) • Momo Akanegakubo (90th Gen.) • Sōmei Saitō (90th Gen.) • Akira Hayama (92nd Gen.)|
|5th Seat||Sōmei Saitō (90th Gen.) • Shōko Kaburagi (91st Gen.) • Ryō Kurokiba (92nd Gen.)|
|6th Seat||Nene Kinokuni (91st Gen.) • Alice Nakiri (92nd Gen.)|
|7th Seat||Satoshi Isshiki (91st Gen.) • Etsuya Eizan (91st Gen.) • Takumi Aldini (92nd Gen.)|
|8th Seat||Terunori Kuga (91st Gen.) • Julio Shiratsu (91st Gen.) • Etsuya Eizan (91st Gen.)|
|9th Seat||Etsuya Eizan (91st Gen.) • Akira Hayama (92nd Gen.) • Nene Kinokuni (91st Gen.)|
|10th Seat||Erina Nakiri (92nd Gen.) • Megumi Tadokoro (92nd Gen.)|
|Unknown||Jun Shiomi (73rd Gen.)|