Soma chances upon Erina, Alice, and Hisako and decides to make them taste test his Mapo Doufu, which he plans to complete with Kuga with. Megumi decides she will help Soma in his booth for the Moon Banquet Festival.
The Moon Festival finally begins. The dish that Soma decides to make for his stand are black pepper buns that are made in a stone oven. However, the crowd keeps going over to the more luxurious Chinese cuisine RS's stand instead. Soma ends up in the red on the first day. Since students who end up with losses during this school festival will be expelled, Soma is already in trouble. Will he be able to turn things around?.
Soma continues his assault against Kuga's restaurant. As the last day comes, Soma has pulled together everything he's experimented on during the festival. Just as things start to get busy, he gets some help.
The final day of the Moon Festival is here. Soma and Kuga's battle finally draws to a close--who will emerge the victor? After closing up shop in the Central Area, Soma and Megumi accept Rindo's invitation to go to Tsukasa Eishi's booth in the Yamanote Area. What kind of food will be served by the first seat?
The news of Azami's new posting spreads like wildfire around the school, much to the shock of the students and the public. Sanzaemon meets with Soma, and the former director reflects on Erina's childhood as a happy little girl and how she was brainwashed, and isolated by Azami. He begs Soma to save Erina.
Members of various food societies go against the Elite Ten to save their societies from getting closed. The Polar Star Dormitory attends the shokugekis while stopping Yukihira from getting involved into another Shokugeki.
As Ryo prepares his dish, it is revealed that Rentaro is an expert in low temperature cooking and makes use of a combi steamer and cryomill to create a salmon confit flamme with a side of salmon ice cream. Ryo responds by baking a coulibiac.
Tsukasa, the first seat of the Elite Ten, reveals Nakiri Azami's plan which is to destroy all the restaurants of Japan and make Japan's culinary perfect with his own restaurants. Since this includes Yukihira Diner, Souma challenges him to a Shokugeki with the conditions of either winning the first seat of the Elite Ten if he wins, or joining The Central as Tsukasa's right hand if he loses.
Soma and Tsukasa finish their dishes, with Soma making a charcoal grilled venison thigh with sweet chestnut sauce, while Tsukasa makes roast venison back strap with peppercorn and berry sauce. Erina, Hisako, and Megumi acts as judges. Afterwards, Azami comes to the Polar Star Dormitory.