Soma is approached by journalist Mitsuru Sotsuda, who asks to cover him as he works on a beef stew recipe for his Shokugeki against Subaru. Agreeing to taste test after letting her borrow some manga, Erina berates Soma's dish, stating that it isn't suited for the match's main topic. Thinking Erina's criticism over, Soma gets a burst of inspiration after receiving some meat from Ikumi. The day of the Shokugeki soon arrives, with Soma realising the importance of making his dish stand out on the first bite and deciding to make his stew using oxtail. However, as a result of his profiling, Subaru predicts Soma's actions and also uses oxtail, bringing out his own twist on top of it.