Tatler Tips: Table Manners
January 30, 2017 | BY Isabel Martel Francisco
Manners, manners, manners. No one wants to eat with someone who does not know how to eat. Sitting beside a person who eats like a slob and slouches over the table can utterly ruin your dining experience. To avoid looking foolish at your next event or on your next date, make sure to read up! Take note of these etiquette guidelines that one should never forget:
Elbows off the table
Sit up straight
Do not start eating ahead of others, wait for everyone to be served first. If you are at an event hosted by someone, wait for the host to begin.
Do not get food from the center of the table with your own utensils as you have already used them. Even if you have not used them yet, please use the serving spoons.
Use cutlery from the outside in
It gets confusing in fine dining settings when there are a lot of forks and spoons laid out in front of you. Worry not. Simply start with the outer most utensils and make your way inwards as the meal progresses.
Your beverage glasses should be placed on your right hand side while the bread plate should be placed on the left hand side.
Eating with one hand
Do not eat with one hand, while other is off the table. If the dish only requires one hand, make sure the other hand is visible on the table too.
Napkin on your lap
Place your napkin on your lap soon after you sit down.
Chew with your mouth closed
We do not want to hear to see food that is inside your mouth.
Small bites please
We do not want to see your cheeks bulging and food puffing out of your mouth.
Do not reach over someone
When reaching for something on the table, ask someone to pass it to you instead of waving your arms over other guests. When waiters are serving guests, they too, should never reach over other diners in order to service someone their food, place a dish down or remove a plate. They should move as close to the item or the person as possible.
Food to mouth
It is food to mouth not, mouth to food. Do not bend down in order to eat!
Do not pile your plate with food
This is very unnecessary.
When not using utensils rest them to the side of your plate. Do not leave them sitting in the middle of the plate.
When finished cross your fork and knife
When you are done with your meal, place your utensils together, angled, to one side of your plate.
Do not pick your teeth
We do not want to see the contents of your mouth.
Never lick your knife
This is just not acceptible.
Do not cut your noodles
Use your fork to roll them up properly.
Do not eat puddings, sorbets, ice creams and foods similar to these with a fork.
Down to the bone
Only pick up the bone (of a lamb chop for example) when you are pretty much done cutting all the meat off.
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