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Terunori Kuga
Hey, Yukihira-chin, can you please tell me what you are planning to beat me with?

—Terunori Kuga, provoking Sōma Yukihira[1]

Terunori Kuga ( () () (てる) (のり) , Kuga Terunori?) is a 91st Generation Alumni of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy and previously held the 8th seat before moving up to the 3rd seat of the Elite Ten Council.[5] He was also the president of the Chinese Cuisine RS.[3]


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Full appearance
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Cooking attire

Terunori is the shortest male Elite Ten Council member and has a lean build. He has slanted, wide brown eyes and wild, spiky dark brown hair that runs down to his nape and juts in every direction. His bangs, which reach down to his cheeks, are blond. Terunori has tresses that rests on his left ear, embellished with three bobby pins, fastened in a "Z" pattern. The rest of his hair which is also unkempt, as well as the tress on the right side of his face that goes past his face are dark in color. His sideburns can be seen on the left side of his face and he sports a round, stud earring in each ear.[6]

Terunori wears the standard Tōtsuki uniform, which consist of a dark undershirt, that is topped with a white-colored, untucked long sleeve, which has few buttons open, exposing his collar bone. It is also topped with the academy's blue coat which has white hemlines. Terunori, however, does not wear the standard, striped necktie. He finishes his look with pants and shoes.[7] Whenever he cooks, Terunori sports a Changshan, a traditional Chinese dress which consist of a long, loose front-slit white jacket with Mandarin collar and gold hemlines. The jacket also has six rows of gold Chinese frog closures starting at the collarbone and down the front. He also wears white pants and shoes.


Terunori's anger if someone insults his height

Terunori is a loud-but-gleeful and sociable individual who immediately warms up to people he just met. He dislikes formalities and considers them a pain.[6] Terunori is rather cheeky, mocking Nene Kinokuni that she might be on her period while smiling and ridiculing Etsuya Eizan for his interest with money, topping it with an insult and telling him to leave the academy.[8] Terunori has a habit of giving nicknames to people as well, such as "Yukihira-chin" for Sōma Yukihira[9] and "fodder" for the first year students that were present during the Autumn Leaf Viewing.[10] Nevertheless, Terunori can be serious if needed. He is competitive and confident with his abilities, as he devotes himself in defeating the other people above him[11] and does not see Sōma and the others as a threat.[10] He is also proud of his status within the academy and is very knowledgeable of the privileges that he has.[12] The most notable trait is his sensitivity towards his height, becoming extremely angry when someone mentions or ridicules it.[8][13] However, after having Soma beat him in 4th day sales at the Moon Banquet Festival, his respect for him has grown and notes that he will grow even more from then on out. He has been noted to be similar to Soma, having said the exact same thing to the Elite 10 at the Autumn Leaf Viewing. Also, for unknown reasons he opposes Azami Nakiri's elevation to director.


Terunori is defeated by Eishi

Terunori enrolled into Tōtsuki Culinary Academy as part of the 91st Generation and would later attain the 8th seat of the Elite Ten Council. As a second-year student, Terunori completed the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp and Stagiaire events in his first year. In his first year, he was one of the participants in the Main Tournament of the Tōtsuki Autumn Election. As a result, he attended the Autumn Leaf Viewing with Satoshi Isshiki, Etsuya Eizan, and Nene Kinokuni. There he boldly requested a Shokugeki against the Elite Ten there. Surprisingly, Eishi Tsukasa accepted the challenge and their Shokugeki took place later that afternoon. In a decisive one-sided result, Terunori lost the match. After his loss, Terunori asked Eishi to have a rematch with him if he could match him in sales in the Central area at the Moon Banquet Festival the following year.[14]

Before his debut, he alongside other members of the Elite Ten gathered and selected the participants of the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election.


Moon Banquet Festival

Main article: Moon Banquet Festival Arc

Terunori arriving at the Autumn Leaf Viewing

Shortly after the conclusion of the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation's Stagiaire event, Terunori, along with several members of the Elite Ten was in the stands, watching over Sōma after he provoked everyone in the audience.[15] He and the other Elite Ten members attended the Autumn Leaf Viewing so the first year students who participated in the 43rd Annual Autumn Election Main Tournament could formally meet them. Upon arrival, Terunori suggested abolishing this event next year and asked Megumi Tadokoro for her opinion. However, Nene Kinokuni and Etsuya Eizan refuted his notion, which caused Terunori to retaliate against them, and Satoshi Isshiki when he tried to allay the commotion. Sōma interrupted and asked if anyone would have a Shokugeki against him for their seat. However, Terunori, Etsuya, and Nene immediately refused. Terunori mentioned that the second years are too busy trying to defeat the people above them.[16] When Sōma persisted on challenging the Elite Ten, Terunori 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. However, before the Elite Ten left, Tenrunori mentioned that if Sōma could beat him in any form of cooking, he will accept his Shokugeki challenge. This only caused the first years' fighting spirits to be kindled.[12][17]


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. Terunori and three of the other Elite Ten Council members voted against the proposed change in leadership.[18]

He boycotted the subsequent meetings, and was relieved in his duties by Azami Nakiri, alongside Satoshi Isshiki and Tōsuke Megishima.

~Le dessert~

After graduating, Terunori was contracted to work with multiple five-star hotels in Shaghai, Toyko, Hawaii and other popular resort destinations. He currently owns five chinese restaurants, serving as head chef of all of them.[19]

Cooking Style

  • Chinese cuisine - Terunori is well-versed in Chinese cuisine, being the president of the Chinese Cuisine RS, and demonstrates a keen mind in the application of spices through Sichuan cuisine, his preferred style of cooking.[20][3] His skill in this field earned him the 8th seat in the Elite Ten Council by his second year.[5] By the time of the Régiment de Cuisine, Terunori's skill has evolved to the point where he can recreate French cuisine using Chinese techniques.



  • Elite Ten Council - Terunori was the 8th seat of the Elite Ten Council.[5] After the Rebels won at the Régiment de Cuisine, he regained a seat and has been promoted to the 3rd seat.
  • Chinese Cuisine RS - Terunori is the president of the Chinese Cuisine RS. All members of the Research Society have been disciplined by Terunori, thus being able to produce the exact same dishes.[3]

Cooking Duel Records

Official Shokugeki

Rivals Culinary
Dish Stipulations Results Record

Rebels Vs Central Régiment de Cuisine

Round Rival Culinary
Dish Results


  • Terunori (照紀) is written with the kanji for "shine" (照 Teru) and "chronicle" (紀 Nori). Kuga (久我) is composed of the kanji for "long time" (久 Ku) and "oneself" (我 Ga).


  1. Shokugeki no Soma Chapter 120, Page 18
  2. Shokugeki no Soma Volume 27 Extras
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Shokugeki no Soma Chapter 120, Pages 10-16
  4. Food Wars! Original Anime DVD Casts More Council of Ten Members
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Shokugeki no Soma Chapter 119, Page 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 10
  7. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, pages 9-10 & 12
  8. 8.0 8.1 Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 11
  9. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 5
  10. 10.0 10.1 Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 11
  11. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, page 16
  12. 12.0 12.1 Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 5-7
  13. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, page 12
  14. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 131, pages 13-15
  15. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 117, pages 14-15 & 18
  16. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 118, pages 8-16
  17. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 119, pages 11-14
  18. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 134, page 15
  19. Shokugeki no Soma chaper 315.3, page 6
  20. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 122, pages 10-13