By Jennifer Campbell

CUTLERY MADE EASY

Written by ANA TAJUELO, 1 year ago, 0 Comments

THE RIGHT WAY TO UTENSIL 

Now that we’ve mastered both the bread plate and napkin (congrats), it’s time to move to a decidedly more challenging arena – cutlery.

TWO STYLES OF DINING

In a nutshell, there are two formal styles of dining: Continental and American. Both are considered good form though I personally prefer the former due to its more universal appeal when travelling. (Should you, however, be in the habit of switching your fork from one hand to the other, fear not. Your lesson is coming.)

THE CONTINENTAL WAY

Continental dining keeps your knife and fork in either hand for the majority of the meal. Your fork never leaves your left hand and you eat off the back of the tines.

Once the meal has arrived, pick up your knife and fork simultaneously, keeping each in place with your index finger over the back of each utensil. Next, cut a bite-size piece of food and direct the fork to your mouth in a smooth motion, moving the food into your mouth from right to left – never straight in.  If you so desire, feel free to pile your side dishes atop your meat, thereby creating a tasty  bundle with each bite.

 TIME-OUT

Should you wish to take a sip of water or head to the washroom, rest your utensils on either side of the plate pointing in (think 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock). This way they’ll be ready for action when you resume eating or upon your return.

A PROPER END

Once the meal is finished, utensils should be placed together in the 6 o’clock position with fork tines facing down. Do not leave more than an inch of overhang or you’ll run the risk of a flying fork, struck while being cleared away (not fun or funny).

So there you go, easy peasy, unless rice is involved (in which case I just pretend to be American!)  More on that next time …

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ANA TAJUELO

About ANA TAJUELO

Ana Tajuelo graduated from the American School of Protocol under the tutelage of the Grande Dame of American Etiquette Peggy Newfield. Ana has made reviving the dying art of social etiquette her mission, and we're thrilled that she's chosen Diary as her forum. Enjoy the brazen musings of our very own modern-day Emily Post.