Wading your way through an array of cutlery in fine dining can be quite challenging!
So here are 10 simple Rules of Using Cutlery in Fine Dining:
- Always use the cutlery from “Outside-In”. This simple rule can be very handy since you don’t need to know which spoon and fork to use for what as long as you remember to use the cutlery one by one from the outside in.
- Soup spoon should scoop outwards in the bowl before bringing it your mouth.
- Use fork to push the food into the spoon and eat with the spoon. Always remember not to put the whole spoon into your mouth.
- Always remember to eat discreetly. Never use your teeth to clear food from the spoon or fork.
- Use two pieces of cutlery wherever given. Use the fork to eat and the knife to cut. However, when there is a fork and spoon, use the spoon to eat and the fork to help in moving the food to the spoon.
- Cut your food into a small bite. Cutting all the food at once and eating with only a fork in hand is unacceptable in Europe, but acceptable in America.
- Eat foods like bread with hand. Bread is never cut – it is torn with hand.
- Keep the cutlery down before holding glassware.
- For pudding use the spoon to eat and the fork to push the food into the spoon.
- At the end of a mean, place the fork and knife or spoon close to each other, side by side. This indicates you are finished. Fork and spoon placed, with the top ends meeting and the bottom ends far apart indicates you are still eating.
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