Hiroyuki Sakai is preparing to celebrate his 40th anniversary as a chef. He is starting to wonder how much longer he will be a world-class chef. The day before the battle, he disappeared.
He returned home to Kagoshima. He made a visit to the family grave for the first time in 3 years. He then stopped by a farm and ate a potato straight out of the ground, stirring memories of his schoolboy days. On the way back to town, Sakai runs into his old school friend, who wishes to arrange an informal reunion with old classmates. To show his appreciation, Sakai cooks for his friends.
The challenger was a classmate of Sakai. In fact, they were on the same train leaving town as young men. They recognized each other on the train, but they got off at different stations. the challenger apprenticed at top hotels across the country. He now heads the kitchen of Sun Rural Ogata Hotel in Akita. This battle marks the first time the men have seen each other since that day on the train 40 years ago.