After a tense encounter with the Elite Ten during the Autumn Leaf Viewing, Soma is determined to prove that he can stand in the same kitchen as his upperclassmen. The first step to doing so? Challenge the 8th seat, Terunori Kuga.
Up against Kuga's Sichuan cuisine, Soma becomes aware of the gap between the two of them. In order to have a chance at the Moon Festival, he's going to have to rely on help from his friends. Meanwhile, Alice looks for a way to register late for her own booth.
Soma finds mounting problems during the Moon Festival, while his rival Kuga only finds mounting profits.
Soma is running out of time to match Kuga's success, but help from an unlikely source might just turn the tide.
As the battle between Soma and Kuga reaches its conclusion, Erina receives a shocking visitor at her restaurant.
With Azami the new director at Totsuki, things are starting to look grim for the cooking world. Senzaemon asks a favor of Soma as Alice hatches a plan to rescue Erina.
The Azami administration begins a purge of all independent entities at Totsuki. Eizan shows that resistance is futile through a shokugeki.
Soma's hopeless clash against Eizan begins, and the residents of Polar Star must defend their residence against Eizan's group of violent underlings.
Now that Erina and Azami both know of the connection between Soma and Joichiro, how will they each respond?