Eating With a Fork and Knife
It's the holiday season and there definitely will be a lot of wining (of course juices) and dining. For those who will be balling at a high society event, or just trying to impress people with you level of sophistication, or just learning etiquette. Then this article on dinning poise is just what you need.
Learn how to eat with a fork and knife in the simplest way.
1 – The fork is placed on the left side of your plate and is held in your left hand and the knife is placed on the right side of your plate and held on your right hand.
Note: Eating utensils are always facing the table and they should be placed that way, on your plate when you are done eating. The fork for your main meal is larger than the salad fork
2 – Holding your knife (in your right hand) – your index finger should be straight and rests near the base of the top, blunt side of the knife’s blade. Your other four fingers should wrap around the handle. While your index finger is resting on the top, your thumb juxtaposes it on the side. The end of the knife handle should be touching the base of your palm.
Note: If you are left handed then your knife goes on your left hand.
3 - Holding your fork (in your left hand) – The tines of the fork should face downward, away from your face. The index finger should be straight, and rests on the back-side near the head of the fork, but not so close you are in danger of touching the food. The other four fingers should wrap around the handle. Note: Your hand is pretty much covering the fork’s handle.
4 – Bend your wrists in a way that your index fingers will be pointing down, towards your plate. This way the tip of the knife and fork will also point towards the plate in a slanted way.
Note: Your elbows should be relaxed, not resting on the table and not uncomfortably up in the air. It is
5 - Hold the food down with the fork’s tines curving towards you by applying pressure through the index finger. If you're cutting, place the knife close to the base of the fork and cut with a sawing motion. Foods like pasta will only require a swift, easy cut, while chewy meats will take a bit of work.
Note: Only cut one or two bites at a time. And your knife should further away from you than the fork.
6 – With the tines of the fork still facing slightly upwards, bring smallish bits of food to your mouth. The back of the fork will be up as you bring it to your mouth.
And Voila! You are all set. Remember your table manners and enjoy the season!
More! (Just cuz we care)
When you're pause between bites, place your silverware in a resting position. Cross your fork over your knife with its tines facing downwards. The two should form an upside-down "V."
When you're done eating, place your silverware in a completed position with your Knife and fork parallel to each other, handles at 5 o'clock, blade and tines in the center of your plate and tines facing downward.
When eating rice, use the knife to scoop a bite into your fork, enough, so that it does not pour out when you lift your fork to your mouth
When eating pasta simply twirl a simple portion around your fork.