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Shokugeki no Sanji is a set of spinoff one-shots created by Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma creators Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki.

The first installment was published in 2018 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the One Piece manga. The second installment, titled "Sanji, Banquet Assistant", was published in January 2021 to celebrate the release of Chapter 1000. A third installment, titled "A Beautiful Dessert", was published in July 2021 alongside Chapter 1019 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the manga. A fourth installment, titled "Survival! A Peach-Colored Queendom" was released on September 6, 2021[1] alongside Chapter 1024.

Plot Synopsis

Chapter 1 - Shokugeki no Sanji

An overweight woman arrives at the Baratie, thinking that the quality of all the dishes served at the restaurant were low and therefore insulting to the world of gourmet. Thinking Sanji was a waiter, she asked if he could get the owner chef before she leaves. Sanji said that’s he’s out to get new ingredients, but also questions why would she leave if she hasn’t finished her food. She decides to leave, but Sanji tries to make a comback by saying the dishes will be miserable without her attention. The other chefs decide to let her leave, but Patty and Carne aren’t letting her go, considering her an insult to the other customers and that she picked on their food. They question her knowledge of food as they start to prepare for specialities.

A chef notices the chubby woman from her reputation in the Grand Line by the name Savarin, also known as The Sea-Crossing Tongue. She is known for her publications including newspapers about creating many royal dinners and enormous banquets as a chef. Her criticism has ruined the reputation of many restaurants. Savarin thought that the Baratie was a nice change of pace for her to go to instead of a luxury restaurant, thinking she got the worst possible outcome. Sanji demands her to finish her food, but she decides on an offer to finish one more dish. If the dish isn’t worthy of her tongue, she would threaten the supporters of the Baratie as “Brainless Pigs”. The chefs argue with each other on making the next dish, which Patty critizes as bothering the other guests. Savarin feels bad for Sanji, planning on offering an alternative place to work for. Sanji refuses due to his debt with the owner. Savarin doesn’t understand as she only cares about business, thinking letting emotions rule over is second fodder. She believes true gourmet excites the imagination due to the chef’s upmost skills, which the Baratie lacks.

Sanji then makes a bet with Savarin. If he can satisfy her, Savarin will also finish the other food on her table. Sanji then goes to the kitchen to prepare the dish and Zeff returns to the restaurant as Sanji cooks. Once he is done, Sanji presents a big lobster dish to Savarin. She takes a bite and has an erotic moment due to Sanji's cooking. Sanji then reveals that he is the sous chef of the restaurant. Per their bet, Savarin finishes the other food on her table and passes out.

As the chefs and other customers celebrate Sanji's accomplishment, Patty and Carne spot a pirate ship with a jolly roger of a skull wearing a straw hat approaching.

Chapter 2 - Sanji, Banquet Assistant

The Straw Hat Pirates are out at sea on the Going Merry, and as Sanji prepares and serves Nami a drink, the crew sees a castaway drifting nearby. They bring the castaway, Ruibe, onboard and see that he has suffered some bad shoulder and chest wounds. Ruibe says they should have left him adrift, and Sanji gets mad at him for speaking to Nami that way, but a photograph then falls out of the man's pocket. From the photograph and Ruibe's account, the Straw Hats learn that he was trying to acquire legendary fish to serve at his daughter's wedding, but got caught in a squall on his way home and hurt himself trying to sail through it. After finding out the wedding is happening the very next day, the Straw Hats offer to take Ruibe home in exchange for some of the fish he got. Ruibe accepts, but to their surprise he says they can have all of the fish if they want.

The Straw Hats examine the barrel of fish inside by the kitchen, and are stunned to see that the fish are draconic super-filleted salmon, a source of highly delectable food that can bring good fortune. However, Ruibe reveals that it is extremely difficult to dress and fillet them, and that no one on his island can do it, including himself as he found out recently. He goes further to state that no East Blue cook could possibly prepare these fish, and Sanji takes this as an insult, using it and the happiness of Ruibe's daughter as motivation to try his hand at filleting the salmon. Ruibe is not convinced, and Sanji removes his jacket and quickly gets to work cutting one of the salmon. Ruibe is left in shock at Sanji's sublime cutting skills, but when Sanji makes a cut through the fish's body, it loudly ruptures and covers Sanji's body in juices and scraps. Ruibe laughs at Sanji's misfortune, revealing that the dragon salmon's stomach is so sensitive that any knife cutting into it has to make a singular and straight cut. If the direction of the cut wavers even by a millimeter, the salmon's defense mechanism causes its stomach to explode, reducing all of its meat to useless scraps. In response, Sanji pulls out a much longer yanagiba knife and cuts through the next fish, but the cut is once again imperfect and the fish explodes again.

Sanji tries again numerous times, but all of them have the same result. Ruibe and the rest of the crew have moved outside, and eventually Ruibe has had enough and decides to leave to avoid inconveniencing the crew further. Nami still wants to help his daughter, and he tells the crew about how he really wanted to bring the fish for his daughter's wedding, as he had not been in her life much due to his work and feared for her life all these years due to how frail and sickly she was. However, he took his injury as a sign from above that it was not worth it to make the fish. Zoro stops Ruibe from going to tell Sanji to stop, and when Ruibe says he did not understand things of this nature, Zoro retorts that cooks and swordsmen both make their livings using blades and once they are determined to cut something, they will never back down. In the kitchen, Sanji is at a loss of what to do, realizing that he needs a long, sharp, and sturdy blade to pull off this cut and he has no knives that fit all three of those qualities. Zoro then enters the room and mocks Sanji for his struggles, but then sets Wado Ichimonji down on the table, saying that a goofy playboy would never be able to wield it. Zoro then leaves, and when he is gone, Sanji acts as though he has suddenly found Wado Ichimonji which has the traits necessary to cut the salmon. Sanji proceeds to unsheathe the sword and deliver a precise cut through the dragon salmon, successfully filleting it.

The next day, Ruibe has returned to his island, having brought a plate of cooked dragon salmon to his daughter's wedding. The other guests marvel in awe at it and ask how he managed to fillet it, and Ruibe is quick to tell them that he met an amazing cook that did it. Earlier, he had asked the Straw Hats to join him at his daughter's wedding or at least come ashore and meet his family, but they declined, saying pirates did not belong at a wedding banquet. Sanji simply asks him to tell his daughter that a gentleman gave him some help in preparing the fish. Ruibe tells his daughter this, saying he did nothing to bring the dragon salmon here. However, his daughter points out that he was the one who made the effort to acquire the fish and bring it here, and she tells her father she is really happy, bringing tears to his eyes. Ruibe had left some of the salmon onboard the Sunny, and Sanji serves it to his crewmates. Both the Straw Hats and the wedding guests are dazzled by the dish's flavor, and Ruibe compares the sensation to being in a mermaid's paradise. Even Zoro enjoys eating it. The next morning, Sanji wakes up still feeling proud at what he accomplished, and as he walks out he runs into Zoro cleaning Wado Ichimonji. Zoro tells him to get him some salt because a perverted cook left dirty thoughts on his sword, causing the two of them to start arguing.

Chapter 3 - A Beautiful Dessert

In the Arabasta Kingdom, after the civil war and defeat of Crocodile, Nefertari Cobra holds a feast for the Straw Hat Pirates. As Luffy rapidly scarfs down food, Sanji interacts with Nefertari Vivi and gets the idea to go to the kitchen and make a special dessert for her and Nami. As he looks for the kitchen, he overhears one guard ask another about the kitchen possibly being short-staffed due to most of the staff being assigned for reconstruction work. However, the other guard assures him that Chef Terracotta has addressed this by recruiting cooks from other towns as well as retired cooks who should arrive at any moment. As Sanji wonders how he can get access into the kitchen, he then sees some cooks race to tell Terracotta that the cooks from other towns are running late due to their horse-pulled cart breaking down while the retired cooks all have bad backs. The cooks are left stunned and, with the main dish next on the preparation list and Luffy's appetite only increasing, they wonder if they will need to tell Cobra that their service will be slowed. However, Terracotta proclaims that they will do no such thing, as the Straw Hats put their lives on the line to save the kingdom. Thus, they would work until they had no energy left as this was the least they could do to repay them. Right then, Sanji arrives at the kitchen entrance and informs the staff that he is a cook and has wanted to learn about the workings of a palace kitchen, saying he would be happy for them to put him to work as a trainee.

Sanji quickly gets to work preparing food, and Terracotta and the chefs are left impressed at not only his great cooking skill, but also his joy in cooking that brought the rest of them out of a state of panic. Once the extra cooks finally arrive, Sanji returns to the dining room table with his crew, taking a certain dish with him. Some time later, Luffy finally declares that he has had enough to eat, and much of the crew gets up to go dance. Sanji and Vivi are left at the table, and Vivi thanks him for all they did to save Arabasta. To return the thanks to her, Sanji presents her the special dessert he made: a variety of rice pudding known as Roz Bel Laban. Vivi is entranced just by the appearance and smell, and when she takes a bite, she is filled with memories about her time with the Straw Hats, which she loved even during the pain of the war. Utterly encompassed with the taste, Vivi thanks Sanji and he asks her to dance, but she declines. Nami then comes and asks where her dessert is, causing Sanji to hurriedly promise to make her one once they set sail. Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper then arrive and invite Sanji to have fun dancing with them.

Some time later, Sanji informs Terracotta that he and the rest of the crew will be leaving. As a token of gratitude and a gift, she gives him a copy of the palace's secret cookbook of Arabastan recipes, while another chef offers him some spices. Sanji promises to meet up again after he and his crew circumnavigate the Grand Line. As the Straw Hats set off to the sea, Terracotta notes that Sanji really is an incredible chef.

Chapter 4 - Survival! A Peach-Colored Queendom

Sanji is in the Kamabakka Kingdom on Momoiro Island at the beginning of the timeskip. It is night and he sleeps in a warehouse. Suddenly, several okama appears before Sanji to put a sweet dress on him and he has to run. Sanji manages to escape and meets Ivankov, who reminds him about the 99 Vital Recipe of the okama. Sanji realizes that the castle is full of okama looking for him, so he decides to run to the forest.

His plan doesn't work, the okama are also chasing him in the forest. 24 hours passed and Sanji is exhausted from running away, Ivankov finds him in the forest. Sanji prepares a meal for him with what he finds in the area, which ends with woman Ivankov's erotic moment. Sanji also has a erotic moment imagining Nami and Robin as cavewomen. Sanji continues to escape from the okama in the forest, and little by little he improves his abilities (escape, survival and search for food in the wild).

Finally Sanji manages to defeat the first of the "masters" of Newkama Kenpo, Caroline, and gets his first vital recipe. The okama want to continue chasing him to put him a sweet dress but Sanji tells them that they should eat first. The okama are fascinated with his food, but again Sanji's plan goes wrong, since thanks to the meal they have more energy to go after him. The chapter ends with Sanji being chased again by the okama, although this time he is happy and willing to get the 98 remaining vital recipes to be able to meet with the Straw Hat Pirates again.

Characters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Trivia

Chapter 1

  • The chapter takes place immediately before the Baratie Arc, between chapters 42 and 43, evidenced by the Straw Hats nearing the Baratie.
  • One of the Baratie attendees has a similar appearance to Woop Slap.
  • The alluded Strip Strip Fruit has a similar effects to the Sube Sube no Mi, as Savarin lost her body fat to its perceived effects.

Chapter 2

  • The chapter takes place immediately before the Loguetown Arc, between chapters 95 and 96, evidenced by Nami's clothing.
  • This is the first time Zoro lends one of his swords to someone else.
  • In the "mermaid's paradise" fantasy image, Nami wears clothing similar to Shirahoshi.

Chapter 3

  • This chapter takes place in the Arabasta Arc, during the events of Chapter 213 when the Straw Hat Pirates were having a celebration dinner at the Alubarna Palace following their victory over Crocodile.
  • This is the first known chapter not to introduce any one-shot characters.
  • This is the first chapter where the cover is part of the plot.

Chapter 4

References

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