The first year students at Totsuki Academy go to training camp as the first major hurdle as about half of the first year students are expelled during the event. The students are given various challenges with alumni from the school brought in to be judges. The first challenge for Soma's group that includes Megumi and the Aldini twins Takumi and Isami is to make a dish that can be served at a Japanese restaurant using ingredients gathered from nature in the area surrounding the kitchen with Hinako Inui judging the students. Takumi challenges Soma to a duel to see who can cook the better dish as they both specialize in diner-style dishes. Most of the students gather fish while the Aldini twins find a duck for their dish. They are the first to complete their dish and Inui passes them.