This season is such a disappointment I created an account just to post about it. I have watched every other season of Food Wars and enjoyed them thoroughly, but this is nothing in comparison.
To put it bluntly, everything feels rushed. A good show, and especially a tournament arc, is addicting because there's tension and real weight behind failure. Here, so much is packed into one episode and lines of dialogue are crammed so tightly together that there's no space for tension to be built. It almost feels like a show recap, but the recap pace is the entire episode.
This is also reflected in the animation,
where the low number and poor quality of the character art is compensated for by having 80 to 90 percent of the shots all be panning shots to make them seem dynamic. As another reviewer put, it's nauseating. Furthermore, mouth movement is badly-timed and use poor-quality mouths and strange expressions that pull you out of the story. Even the foodgasms that made this series famous are now pale imitations of what they once were - there are no memorable or unique ones and the animation seems hurried on them.
The sound is also ruined by the pacing, with all the music being high-tempo. If there's no contrast to a more relaxed environment however it doesn't feel energetic and more just coked up - it's all very fake.
Overall I am incredibly disappointed as the previous seasons were all 8s or 9s in terms of enjoyment for me. Do yourself a favour and rewatch the old seasons and ignore this one.