If you are reading even a bit the SHOWROOM thread and the Sayonara Mouri-san thread, you know that since september 29th, AKB48 are running a long cooking event. it all started on SHOWROOM with the cooking senbatsu (クッキング選抜) contest, from september 29th to october 1st. 61 members entered the contest, and the 10 best were selected along with 10 other recommended by the jury. You can find their work on social medias with the hashtag #AKBクッキング選抜 (or #クッキング選抜 because a few typed it wrong). Winning members: 10 - Ma Chia-Ling 09 - Shinozaki Ayana 08 - Hattori Yuna 07 - Iwatate Saho 06 - Taniguchi Megu 05 - Otake Hitomi 04 - Fukuoka Seina 03 - Okada Nana 02 - Hashimoto Haruna 01 - Shimizu Maria And Jury special price went to: Utada Hatsuka Okabe Rin Nagatomo Ayami Komiyama Haruka Chiba Erii Mutō Orin Kuranoo Narumi Fujizono Rei Hidaritomo Ayaka Yamabe Ayu https://www.showroom-live.com/event/akb48_cookingsenbatsu https://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12766666010.html https://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12768088547.html At the end of the 22/10/07 episode of Sayonara Mouri san, it was anounced that the girls will start a long cooking event during the upcoming semester whith the goal to select the "AKB48 o ryōri senbatsu" (AKB48お料理選抜). The girls will be placed in 4 groups. Each will have to come with menu creation, battle against some real restaurants. The best group will have a song in the upcoming AKB48 61st single (to be released in 2023) and will perform the song in a NTV music program. During the 22/11/03 episode, entirely dedicated to the event and which marks it's beginning, they gave more details. And from my conclusion, the SHOWROOM contest was indeed a pre selection, and the 20 members above will compete in the whole event. The 4 groups are now called clubs, and their respective captains / leaders were choosed through janken: Takoyaki bu (たこ焼き部): Utada Hatsuka (thanks for beating Seiya) Omu rice bu (オムライス部): Komiyama Haruka Corokke bu (コロッケ部): Taniguchi Megu Dessert bu ("デザート部): Fukuoka Seina And today, they anounced an extra contest on SHOWROOM. The goal is to complete the pre selection above and the top 8 members will take part in the real cooking battle. 2 will join each of the clubs https://www.showroom-live.com/event/akb48_cookingsenbatsu_2 https://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12772545080.html Winners: 08 - Yoshihashi Yuzuka 07 - Hashimoto Eriko 06 - Yumoto Ami 05 - Ichikawa Manami 04 - Kobayashi Ran 03 - Gyoten Yurina 02 - Yamada Kyoka 01 - Ishiwata Sena Draft (during 22/11/10 episode), and 2nd contest (italics) members clubs assignations: Takoyaki bu: (Red) Utada Hatsuka Okada Nana Kuranoo Narumi Muto Orin Fujizono Rei Yamada Kyoka Gyoten Yurina Omurice bu: (Blue) Komiyama Haruka Ma Chia-Ling Chiba Erii Otake Hitomi Hashimoto Haruna Ichikawa Manami Yumoto Ami Corokke bu: (Green) Taniguchi Megu Shimizu Maria Nagatomo Ayami Hidaritomo Ayana Hattori Yuna Hashimoto Eriko Yoshihashi Yuzuka Dessert bu: (Yellow) Fukuoka Seina Okabe Rin Shinozaki Ayana Iwatate Saho Yamabe Ayu Ishiwata Sena Kobayashi Ran Showrooms for the clubs are starting on 11/16 (not everyone can attend each stream): 11/16, 15h00~17h00: Takoyaki 11/16, 19h00~21h00: Omurice 11/17, 16h00~18h00: Corokke 11/17, 12h00~14h00: Dessert https://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12774484397.html -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMO, it is great that AKB48 attempts something completly different, more especially if you are tired of their usual one vs one contests (judged or not by fans deep pockets), or the singing contest which has some troubles renewing itself (still remain a very good show that must be recommended), and since the management doesn't really wants to organise a sport (deja vu) event. It is a good opportunity for members to show another side / appeal of themselves, and a good chance to shine for some who may find themselves very far from a senbatsu spot. And who knows what the aftermath could be.