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The correct way to place and use cutlery

Pulished on Mar. 23, 2020

After eating Western food for so long, do you know the correct knife and fork placement method? Today, I will introduce to you the correct way to place knives and forks and how to use them correctly.

First, let`s see the correct tableware placement in a formal and informal banquet.

Tableware placement in a formal banquet

The correct way to place cutlery

Tableware placement in an informal banquet

The correct way to place cutlery

Fork and knife during meals

From the beginning of the meal to the end of the meal, the guests' knife and fork decoration will disclose information, including:

The correct way to place cutlery

How to use cutlery correctly

  1.  Place a fork on the left side of the plate and a knife on the right side. If there is more than one fork, the outside is for salads and the inside is for staples. The fork used for staple food is relatively large.

    The correct way to place cutlery

  2. Hold the fork in your left hand. The forks face outwards and downwards. Straighten your index finger and place it on the back of the handle, close to the fork but not too close, so as not to touch your food with your fingers. The other four fingers hold the fork handle. This is the way to hide the fork handle. Because the fingers almost wrapped the fork handle.

    The correct way to place cutlery

  3. Wrist flexes naturally with index finger down towards the plate. The ends of the knife and fork also point to the plate. Relax your elbows and don't hang in the air. When eating, the elbow is usually off the table. But if the occasion is less formal, feel free to do so.

    The correct way to place cutlery

  4. Use your index finger to apply force to the fork to stabilize the food. When cutting food, the knife approaches the fork and moves back and forth. Pasta is easy to cut, but tough foods are harder to cut. Cut only 1-2 mouthfuls of food at a time. The fork mouth is inward and the knife is outside the fork. It doesn't matter that there is an angle, as long as you can see the movement of the knife when cutting. The sight is not blocked by the fork.

    The correct way to place cutlery

  5. Use a fork to deliver small sips of food to your mouth. The fork is down. When eating, the back of the handle is raised. The fork is always held in the left hand, which makes it easy to eat.

    The correct way to place cutlery

But take it easy. No one is completely standard. Eat different foods with a different knife and fork usage. As long as you master the basic methods, don't pay too much attention to details. But I need to remind you that don't elbow outwards, and close inward! Worry about the people around you.