|Hayama Akira葉山 アキラ|
|Hair||, Ponytail, White|
|Engages in||, Cooking|
|Visual novels||Main character - Shokugeki no Soma: Yuujou to Kizuna no Hitosara|
|Voiced by||Suwabe Jun'ichi|
An assistant of Professor Shiomi Jun, Akira comes from overseas, and met her when he was a kid, warning her about adultered spices in a market. Akira specializes in curry dishes, with a wide knowledge in various spices and aroma. He's a tall and handsome man with a tanned skin and silver hair. Like Soma, he also aims to be at the top of the Ten Master Council. His nose is very sharp when it comes to spices and is capable of identifying ingredients and grade of cooking by the first smell, so sharp it's considered a worthy match of Erina's "God's Tongue", and being identified as Aroma Master. Despite being Jun's assistant and both are experts in spices, she uses theoretical knowledge, while he depends on his sense of smell. Unlike the naive, ditzy, easily angered and dependent Jun, Akira is mature, reliable, street smart, cool and down-to-earth.