I guess “violence” really can be used to describe the flavour Ryou produced with his dish, but still, what an interesting way to illustrate the intensity of a chef’s dish. The brawler nature of Ryou was conveyed quite vividly through the reactions of the judges after tasting his dish and almost wanting to keel over. The fact that Senzaemon ‘stripped’ and the guests have taken a huge interest in Ryou is expressive of how great his dish was and the challenge Megumi needs to overcome if she is to come out victorious for this round.
From his look, to his actions, to the flavours of his dish, everything about Ryou really is intense. It seems he takes a totally different route to cooking than Alice, while she is concerned about the appearance of the dish, Ryou is focused more on the richness of the flavours. The fact that the judges wanted to collapse from the intensity of the flavours illustrates how strongly Ryou highlights the flavour impact of his dish.
So that is what Ryou was doing when he was smashing the shells of the crustaceans, he created a powder from the shells he smashed and added that to every component of his ramen, which is why the flavours of his dish are so intense. No wonder the judges were focused on his dish, the extreme nature of his flavours captivated them. And such wildness forced Senzaemon to ‘strip’.
Hahah, after all the drama we had within the challenges so far, I had forgotten that there were famous guests present on the look out for up and coming cooks. With the reaction Ryou got from the judges, it is obvious why the guests have taken such a great interest in him.
With the hall totally oblivious of Megumi now, it will be interesting and exciting to see how she responds with her dish. The fact that Megumi is not getting flustered by the significance of the stage she is cooking on and is instead focused on her dish is a good sign that she is up to the challenge of taking on Ryou’s dish. Her time with Souma really has boosted her confidence and ability to believe in herself and abilities. I look forward to the seeing the complete dish Megumi has prepared for the judges and whether she can stun the audience once again, just like Souma did in the first battle.