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It appears the Jou is more reckless than Souma when it comes to Shokugeki, to think that he will use untested recipes during those matches just proves on how layback he is.
I don't know much about culinary and its aspects, but it's consistently surprising me how much effort the author trying to gives us as many details as possible regarding the dishes. It's quite flattering as well that "tempeh" is being mentioned in this chapter, but I'm not sure if it will fit into a bowl of ramen, mainly because "tempeh" flavor is not as rich as Ramen's broth. Probably it's a good idea to use it as a substitute for gyoza as a side dish for ramen, someday I'll try it out.
And I don't think Jou in anyway is a reckless man, I get an impression he's just being confident with himself. Besides, he has tons of cooking experience, and his knowledge is definitely broader than Souma, so I couldn't blame the man if he doesn't take it "seriously" (which I really doubt).
Jouichirou did this kind of thing even before when he was in the school. It was Fumio said here. Maybe in the past he was reckless, but now I agree that it's confidence.
My impression is that in Jouichirou's eyes, in regards to cooking, the duels (sokugeki) are not the most important thing. For instance, experimentation could be more important than winning. He left the academy with out completing the whole process and he thinks that to be a good chef it's important to have some kind of connection with the person for whom you cook. That secret he gave to Souma can't be properly followed in an institution in which the duels and competition are the most important things. He's a very very interesting character. I don't like the word but.. badass character!!!
Last edited by ukimix; October 13, 2013 at 01:07 AM.