Tetsuji is a tall student with a spiky hairstyle and a huge stature. His eyes remains shut at all times and only open whenever he is shocked or excited in most cooking duels.
Like many of the remaining 2nd years, Tetsuji shares their bloodlust for battle and competition with a desire to seek out strong opponents. He constantly trains and hones himself in anticipation for such events and has earned himself a fearsome reputation along with the moniker as the 'Iron Skewer'. While frustrated by defeats he is shown to be gracious, willing to abide to the terms stipulated without complaint. Like many students who are members of Tōtsuki Research Societies, Tetsuji shows great care and pride for his club and was more than willing to fight for it, even at the expense of his place at Tōtsuki to preserve it.
Tetsuji is a member of the 91st Generation. As a second year student, he completed the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp and Stagiaire events. By the end of the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation's Stagiaire event, Tetsuji held an impressive 80% win percentage in Shokugekis. During the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election, Tetsuji sensed something special in Sōma Yukihira and desired to challenge him to a Shokugeki at all costs.
Moon Banquet Festival
Shortly after the conclusion of the 92nd Generation's Stagiaire event, Tetsuji paid a visit to Polar Star Dormitory in hopes of issuing a Shokugeki challenge to Sōma. Much to his surprise, Sōma had just returned from the event. Tetsuji acknowledged that Sōma was a strong competitor based on his performance in the Autumn Election and, much to his pleasure, Sōma accepted the challenge. Although Tetsuji planned for the match to take place in a week, Sōma asked him to have the match then and there. Slightly dumbfounded, Tetsuji felt that Sōma had become more passionate since the Autumn Election, but nevertheless, fired himself up for the Shokugeki against Sōma. He faced Sōma in the Shokugeki Arena, but was thoroughly overwhelmed and lost in a sweep. While disappointed with his performance, Tetsuji still agreed to teach Sōma his skewering techniques as compensation to his victory.
After the first day of the Moon Banquet Festival, it was revealed that Tetsuji and the Skewer RS he was a part of managed to secure second place in the Main Street Area for that day, even beating the Don RS who came in third, much to Ikumi Mito's annoyance.
Shortly after the conclusion of the Moon Banquet Festival, the shocking news of Senzaemon's replacement as headmaster had spread quickly across the academy. The new headmaster, Azami Nakiri, began his regime by formally disbanding all Research Societies across Tōtsuki, including the Skewer RS. Tetsuji, and many other students, heavily protested this decision and he filed a request to have a Shokugeki on behalf of his club.
Tetsuji's request was the first of over 100 challenges and was accepted by Etsuya Eizan. At their match, Tetsuji declared that their theme would be tachiuo and their dish style would be skewering. With the intention of showing the full power of his skewering techniques, Tetsuji prepared the finest dish he could and presented his dish at the same time as Etsuya. However, after submitting his dish, he gazed up at the score box to see that the judges had already voted in favor of Etsuya without actually trying either dish. Asking if there was a technicality error with the voting system, Tetsuji saw the three judges smirking. Realizing that the judges had been bribed, Tetsuji immediately protested, however even the match officiate was in on the deal and unanimously declared that Etsuya was the victor. Tetsuji continued to protest, however Etsuya coldly informed him that the old style of Tōtsuki was long gone and there was no way for him to possibly win. Unable to struggle or protest any further, Tetsuji crumbled to his knees as he was now officially expelled from the academy.
After Central's downfall in the Régiment de Cuisine, Tetsuji's expulsion has been revoked.
Skewer - Tetsuji's forte lies in skewering techniques developed through the former Skewer RS. His actual skill in the series has never been directly shown as he was briefly shown defeated by Sōma in a Shokugeki without showing either of their dishes and later defeated by Etsuya due to a rigged Shokugeki. Despite this, he had held an 80% win percentage and was considered an ace of his club.
- Skewer RS - Tetsuji was the president of the Skewer RS. After the first day of the Moon Banquet Festival, he was present with other members of the club to hear the announcement that they were in second place in the Main Street Area.
Cooking Duel Records
|Yukihira Vs. Kabutoyama Shokugeki|
|Sōma Yukihira||Unknown||Unknown||Win: Unknown
||Loss - Tetsuji teaches Sōma his skewering techniques||*0-1-0|
|Eizan Vs. Kabutoyama Shokugeki|
|Etsuya Eizan||Beltfish||Unknown||Win: Skewer RS remains intact
||Loss - Skewer RS disbands and Tetsuji is expelled||0-2-0|
*Tetsuji has an 80% win record, thus the score here does not reflect his true Win-Loss record at the time of the Shokugeki.
- Tetsuji translates to iron man or strong man.
- Tetsuji is the first named student in the series to have been expelled from the academy during the series.
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 116, page 14
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 130
- Shokugeki no Soma chapter 152
|Etsuya Eizan • Kiyoshi Gōdabayashi • Satoshi Isshiki • Shōko Kaburagi • Tetsuji Kabutoyama • Nene Kinokuni • Rui Kofuru • Kanichi Konishi • Terunori Kuga • Shigemichi Kumai • Rentarō Kusunoki • Julio Shiratsu • Mea Yanai|