• It’s amazing how a little technique can speak volumes without uttering a word. Not only does it add a touch of class and respect for the people serving you, but it also becomes a charming way to show off your dining etiquette at your next fancy dinner or important business gathering.

    So, let’s dive into the language of cutlery and let your cutlery do the talking!

    Dining etiquette
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    I am finished

    Once you’ve savoured the last morsel of your meal, gather your knife and fork and place them together in the center of your plate, forming a line pointing straight up. This clever setup indicates that you’re finished.

    I am not finished

    When you’re in the midst of conversation but still have some food left on your plate, simply rest your knife and fork in an upside-down V shape, with their tips pointing toward each other. This subtle arrangement lets everyone know that you’re not quite done yet.

    The meal was excellent

    When you truly enjoyed a dish, lay your knife and fork horizontally across your plate, with the blade and tines pointing to the right. This gesture not only indicates your satisfaction but also marks the end of your dining experience.

    I am ready for my next dish

    Are you in for a multi-course feast? Create a cross on your plate by positioning your knife vertically and your fork horizontally. This arrangement signals that you’re eagerly awaiting the next dish.

    I did not enjoy the dish

    When you’re less than thrilled with what you’ve tasted, there’s a dining etiquette for that too. To discreetly express your disappointment, insert the blade of your knife through the tines of your fork, forming a V shape.

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    Written by Bianca Muller.

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