Well, the most important reason why the steal so many chefs is because they need tons of ingridients prepared in order to feed Midora all the time and also to be able to raise the level of every fighter among Bishokukai for more members to be able to operate in Gourmet World. And the second reason might be even more important, since now IGO has way more mebers if we count entire 0th Biotope and Heavenly Kings who can go to Gourmet World and survive there.
And after Bishokukai lost Tommyrod, Elg and can possibly loose other members, it may make them weaker overall in this department, since less members will be able to oppose Ichiryu and his crew in Gourmet World.
And of course NEO is a big threat for evyone. It is interesting if Midora knows about them and if yes, how is he going to react?
Midora may have known something about NEO but he may not know how big the organization is. I think he'd be troubled the moment he finds out how big NEO is.
^^ yes, so do you think that now the bishokukai will stop being so tunnel visioned on chefs and will now move towards drafting, training and feeding fighters to replace their losses on this battle, or do you think they will still keep focusing everything they have on gaining more chefs?
Yes, not only are the NEO surprisingly powerful, in addition they are decreasing the other forces considerably, and know the ins and outs of both organizations, and will cast huge suspicion internally for both groups, since they don't know if there are any more traitors in their ranks.
Well all the chefs were in order to feed their army and make it stronger, since any good ingrdidient can potentially make any fighter stronger by considerable margin. So chefs play considerable role in this War.
Still, I think Midora may think about some sort of plan how to fight NEO as well, since they might be a problem for both IGO and Bishokukai. Especially since we don't know full extent of NEO's power, since we don't know how many strong fighters they have now.