To be fair, there were more than a few moments when Food Wars! made us want to eat the screen. Around the office, we know that doing ANYTHING with this show before lunch time is generally a bad idea.
Here’s our top six times Food Wars! became a workplace distraction (and we’re talking about the FOOD here, okay?!). The screenshots below will show you the dish and give you a taste of the reaction.
For the Fall Selection prelims, dark horse Ryo Kurokiba created a lobster dish with curry roux and saffron rice, but what made it astronomical (or maybe… gastronomical) was his use of aged French cognac. This dish appears in the last arc of the Food Wars! anime, and the impact it had on the judges was, well… through the roof, into the sky and out into the galaxy itself.
You might be wondering, “Is onigiri really that special?” Well, it’s technically nothing more than a ball of short-grain rice with meat, fish, or vegetables inside, so in theory it’s pretty simple. However, there’s something special and comforting about Megumi’s onigiri. Her seemingly-normal dish looks so real, it’s almost like it’s just within reach…
The Aldini brothers already get points for being able to put Japanese twists to classic Italian favorites, but their debut dish is our hands-down favorite. The perfectly grilled duck meat is prepped with honey, soy sauce, and other Japanese ingredients and served with a beautifully modified salsa verde that makes even the BACKGROUND characters comment, “I’m drooling already!”
Good ramen shops are kind of hard to come by in the States, which makes us even more envious of the Polar Star members who got to eat the special ramen prepared by Joichiro (aka, the main character’s father). Apparently, Joicihiro’s cooking is good enough to make even the proud Erina Nakiri crave it. If it’s good enough for the God’s Tongue, it’s MORE than good enough for us!
Shinomiya wasn’t even trying when he made this foodgasmic chou farci, and despite its simple (but lovely) presentation, the flavor was enough to send all of the judges into magical girl transformations. Imagine - a dish that’s so good it makes you shed all of your inhibitions and become inspired by the power of… cabbage?
Two words: meat juices. Oh, get out of the gutter! Soma created an amazing “meat” dish using potatoes, mushrooms, onions, and thick bacon slices, topping it with an epic red wine reduction sauce. The end result was our one of our first forays into Food Wars! style foodgasms, and we can only hope that we will one day eat something even half as sublime as this.