Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma volume 5 once again supplies cooking education along with its challenges. A chef has to take into account how a dish will be served in order to make sure it stays consistent in taste and appealing in look to fulfill a customer. The choices needed for a buffet are different from sit-down dining orders.
There’s a new character, Alice, a showoff who creates a completely ridiculous triple dish where what seem to be eggs are really a milkshake, salmon roe, and asparagus. It sounds astonishing, but the reality of someone creating hundreds of these molecular gastronomy” fancies that are “ reminds me that this is an overheated exaggeration of cooking. I kept confusing her with Erina, the girl with the super-sensitive taste buds and the power of her family running the school behind her. The character designs for these two girls are very similar, but there’s a plot reason for it (only explained after I was totally confused).
Erina hasn’t been seen very frequently. It though artist Shun Saeki and writer Yuto Tsukuda came up with her concept but aren’t sure what to do with her. As Erina gets just one more competitor, beyond our hero Soma, the new plotline should resolve that difficulty, however. Where Soma frequently stands for the emotion behind reliable cooking, Alice represents a clever contrast and technology, the future, and one in keeping with current trends.
As the children believe the crash-course cooking camp is finished and they’ve minute a new challenge raises its head. The school’s Fall Classic will be another tournament that is public. But there’s a vacation weekend, during which Soma returns home to neighborhood and his family eatery, where fellow chefs are losing business to a fried chicken chain that is new. Soma decides to help the corporate behemoth is taken on by the street market people, in how he solves the problem by considering his target market once again demonstrating creative thinking.
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is quite predictable, but as a result of cooking knowledge, I find this variant of the regular competition manga pleasurable. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)