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In the latest chapter, we learned that Joichiro was a Tootsuki student himself and the second seat of the Elite Ten at that. Furthermore, his real name is Saiha Joichiro, he took the name of his late wife, and he also shares a bond with Erina.
Other than that, his character is still shrouded in mystery, what do you think his background story be?
I may be wrong but I believe for him to take the name of his late wife, she would have had to have been the eldest daughter of her family.
Hmmmm I suspect she is some how related to Erina.
For me, if there is anything that involving our favorite Hall of Famer, it has to be his motivation to quit Tootsuki and his would-be wife that change his personality. I'm not sure how or what would I expecting to see Joichiro past but, if there is one tale that involving about him it has to be the Yukihira Genius mother, whom I assume the one who changing the Asura's life forever.
For the second seat to not graduate, something heavy must have happened. I think that he was one of those who cooked for power and domination of opponents during his time at Toutsuki but accepted a shokugeki against Souma's mom who beat him handily. He left Toutsuki because he could not understand why he lost and to discover what he was missing. After travelling and cooking around the world he finally humbled and reunited with Souma's mother years after. Who taught him to cook with love and think of the people who will be eating your food. Given his age when Souma was born (23) he had already traveled the world a bit since leaving Toutsuki at 18. We can surmise that since Souma never knew his mother, she must have died in childbirth or soon after, leaving Joichiro to raise their son alone.
There's one chapter where a picture of the family is shown, with Soma's mum being alive (he was pretty young)...