As mentioned by Senzaemon Nakiri, each year, roughly 1000 students start out in the high school section of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. By the end of three years, the class size is significantly reduced, both because even a single failing grade is grounds for expulsion, and because of various class whittling events, such as the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp and the Stagiaire, until finally, there are less than 10 students remaining who actually graduate.
Because usually only 1% or less of the students who enter Tōtsuki ever graduate, the few who do, the Alumni, are highly sought after chefs because they are the best of the best that Tōtsuki ever offers. Many have found a wide variety of success since graduating.
A majority of the Alumni go off to notable high class restaurants or become critically acclaimed experts of their craft, some of whom are world famous. Others even find themselves in executive positions in the culinary industry or even become instructors for Tōtsuki.
The Alumni hold strong ties to Tōtsuki after graduation, many of whom return every year to participate in the first year training camp, mainly so they can scout potential future employees for their restaurants. Several have also served as judges for Shokugeki matches.
Gin was a part of the 69th Generation. A former Polar Star Dormitory resident, he was a part of the dorm's Golden Era. By his second year, he gained the 1st seat in the Elite Ten Council. Gin currently holds the highest score for the graduation exam in Tōtsuki history. Because of his accomplishments in Tōsuki, he was scouted by numerous illustrious culinary businesses. Ultimately, he turned down all offers and opted to work at Tōtsuki Resort.
Tōtsuki Resort General Head Chef and Board of Directors' member
Azami was a resident of Polar Star Dormitory during the Golden Age. He held his fellow resident and chef, Jōichirō Saiba, in high regards, due to his unique talent and natural genius. During his first year at Tōtsuki he managed to gain the 3rd seat in the Elite Ten, becoming the first student in Tōtsuki's history to become an Elite Ten member as a first-year. During his second year, he became number 1. After graduating, he married into the Nakiri family and sired his daughter: Erina.
Kojirō was a member of the 79th generation and previously held the 1st seat of the Elite Ten Council until he graduated. A master of French Cuisine, Kojirō aspired to earn the Pluspol award and was the first Japanese man to do so. He has established his very own French cuisine restaurant in France.
Hinako was a member of the 80th Generation and previously held the 2nd Seat of the Elite Ten Council. She was known then as the "Mist Empress". After graduating, Hinako went on to establish her own Washoku Japanese restaurant, Kirinoya.
Japanese Restaurant "Kirinoya" Owner and Head Chef
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. Previously loss his seat in the Elite Ten as he opposed Azami's doctrine which suffocated many of the Ramen businesses he has helped, losing his seat in the process. Regained his seat when the Rebels won the Regiment de Cuisine, although he graduated not long after.
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 young entrepreneur that has helped over 500 companies, Etsuya is an extremely good businessman despite his young age. During his time at Tōtsuki, he was a member of the Elite Ten, and had multiple ranks: 9th > 7th > 8th. He lost his seat in the counsel after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine but got back in within 4 months.
Daughter to the prestigious Kinokuni family, Nene is a master of traditional Japanese arts. Her most prominent one being soba. She was an Elite Ten member during her time at Tōtsuki, her highest rank being 6th.
Armed with the God's Tongue, Erina is an incredibly skilled chef. She was put under intense training by her father, giving her a single minded view of the culinary world. When she gets free of his grasp, however, she lightens up to others. Namely the Polar Star Dormitory residents. She is the former 10th seat in the Elite Ten.
Hailing from Restaurant Yukihira, Sōma is one of the, if not the, best chef in Tōtsuki history. Despite being from a diner, and not having training with gourmet ingredients, his skills in cooking are on the level of pros. His success comes from the Yukihira cooking style, giving him a wide range of skills that even students with privileged culinary backgrounds lack. He is formerly the 1st seat in the Elite Ten. After graduating, he follows in his father's footsteps and becomes a traveling, world-class chef, that travels to resturaunts all over the world to hone his skills. He opens Resturaunt Yukihira on an irregular basis.
The kind and caring resident of Polar Star, Megumi is a cook loved by many. Originally she was weak-willed and full of self-doubt. But, through her friends believe in her, mainly Sōma, she got an incredible confidence boost and managed to become the 10th seat in the Elite Ten after the rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine. Her cooking has great hospitality, with many of her dishes being able to give the diner a warm feeling to their very soul.
With his mezzaluna in hand, Takumi is a very skilled Italian chef. Along with his brother, he hails from Trattoria Aldini in Florence, Italy. Self-proclaimed rival to Sōma Yukihira, he is always eager to crush him at any given moment. After the rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine, he managed to get the 7th seat in the Elite Ten.
Hailing from Trattoria Aldini, Isami is essentially his older brother's shadow. While Isami can beat Takumi in pretty much any way, Takumi is always the surperior chef. He strives to become better than his brother, but ultimately almost always fails to. He was expelled due to him defying Azami's doctrine, but after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine his expulsion was revoked, among others.
Heiress to the Mito family name, Ikumi is the Meat Master. Originally she was an associate of Erina Nakiri, but after her defeat against Sōma she became allies with him. She is also a master of donburi as she was forced to join Don RS after losing to Sōma. She was expelled due to her defying Azami's doctrine, but after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine her expulsion was revoked, among others.
Cousin to Erina, Alice is an extremely skilled chef. Despite lacking the God's Tongue, or any superhuman ability for that matter, her skills in molecular gastronomy make her extremely well at bringing out different flavors that wouldn't be possible without cutting-edge equipment. She was expelled due to her defying Azami's doctrine, but after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine her expulsion was revoked, among others. Afterwards, she was able to get the 6th seat in the Elite Ten.
Aide to Alice and master of seafood, Ryō is a chef you don't want to mess with. Though he is usually very gloomy, he becomes a lot more passionate when he wears tightfitting headgear. He was expelled due to him defying Azami's doctrine, but after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine his expulsion was revoked, among others. After which, he managed to get the 5th seat in the Elite Ten.
Master of the spice world, Akira has the aromatic skills of a god. He is known for his incredibly keen sense of smell, being able to determine the readiness of a dish from just the scent. He was originally a member of Central but was expelled after he failed to expel Sōma Yukihira during the Promotion Exams. However, after the Rebels won the Régiment de Cuisine his expulsion was revoked, among others. After the fact, he was able to become the 4th seat in the Elite Ten.
The spunky resident at Polar Star Dormitory, Yūki is the life of the party. She keeps a bunch of wild animals in her room, and hopes to breed a Polar Star chicken breed. She is incredibly skilled at using wild game in her cooking, having scored an 86 in the Autumn Election's preliminary round.
Tōtsuki Academy Student
Although Jōichirō Yukihira never graduated, that did not stop him from becoming a world famous chef, on par with the Tōtsuki Alumni.