|“||Hey, Yukihira-chin, can you please tell me what you are planning to beat me with?||”|
Terunori Kuga (
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 on his right ear.
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. 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 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. 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. Terunori has a habit of giving nicknames to people as well, such as "Yukihira-chin" for Sōma Yukihira and "fodder" for the first year students that were present during the Autumn Leaf Viewing. 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 and does not see Sōma and the others as a threat. He is also proud of his status within the academy and is very knowledgeable of the privileges that he has. The most notable trait is his sensitivity towards his height, becoming extremely angry when someone mentions or ridicules it. 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 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.
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
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
- 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. His skill in this field earned him the 8th seat in the Elite Ten Council by his second year. 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.
- Mapo Doufu - Terunori's dish for showcasing to sōma the power of chinese cuisine, it was also one of the dishes he served at the Moon Banquet Festival. This dish utilizes the balance between sichuan peppers and chili peppers of also known as ma-la-wei. When done properly it could bamboozle the diner with the interplay of spiciness and deliciousness on the tongue!
- Stirred fried water spinach with Sichuan pepper - One of Terunori's dishes for the Moon Banquet Festival.
- Jiaozi with chili oil - One of Terunori's dishes for the Moon Banquet Festival.
- Mouth Watering Chicken - One of Terunori's dishes for the Moon Banquet Festival.
- Green Tea Kurozubuta - This dish was created by Terunori in the 1st Card of the 2nd Bout of the Rebels Vs. Central Régiment de Cuisine. By using green tea leaves to smoke a pork shoulder combined with a black vinegar sauce which is made by using black vinegar, sugar, crushed green tea leaves, smoked soy sauce and a french sauce called sauce au vinaigre balsamique which gives look similar to sweet & sour pork. When the diner eats this it the sauce highlights the quality of the ingredients combined with the green tea would flood your vision with fresh vendure.
- Elite Ten Council - Terunori was the 8th seat of the Elite Ten Council. 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.
Cooking Duel Records
|Eishi Tsukasa||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Unknown
||Lose - Unknown||0-1-0|
|Akira Hayama||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Terunori keep the Trird Seat
||Win - Terunori wins 3-2 and keeps its Third Seat||1-1-0|