Did you know that Knife and Fork language helps the waiter to know whether you are still eating or are finished? During dinning conversation with others you may take a break from eating for a moment, but you want to continue eating which needs to be communicated to the waiter, so that your half eaten meal not to be removed because the waiter assumed you were finished. You can follow some Knife and Fork utensil placement codes, which will help in communicating your eating status.
1. Knife and Fork utensil placement codes
When it comes to dining, there are two styles of eating: American and Continental. Both styles of dining are correct. You should be comfortable with your choice of style of eating, be consistent; avoid switching back and forth between courses.
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2. American Style Of Eating
American style of eating is also sometimes known as “the zigzag method”, which is used by Americans and Canadians. For right hand person, the knife is hold in the right hand and the fork in the left hand (for left handle person opposite is done). After the knife is used to cut the food while the fork holds the food, the knife is placed near the top of the plate, blade facing in. The fork is then switched to the right hand and used to pick up the piece of food, tines up.
When you pause during eating but have not finished, the utensils are placed in the “resting position” with the knife placed on the right side of the plate in the 4 o’clock position, blade in, and the fork placed on the left side in the 8 o’clock position, tines up. This alerts your waiter that you’re not finished.
When you’ve finished eating, the knife and fork are placed side by side on the right side of the plate in the 4 o’clock position, with the fork on the inside, tines up, and the knife on the outside, blade in. This position non-verbally alerts the wait staff to clear your plate.
3. Continental Style Of Eating
Continental style of eating used by the Europeans, which is thought to be a more graceful way of eating, but it does take practice. The fork stays in the left hand, with the tines pointed down, and the knife is held by the right hand. The food is then speared by the fork and conveyed to the mouth.
The knife and fork are crossed in the center of the plate, fork tines pointed down.
The position is the same as in the American style with one exception: the knife and fork are placed side by side on the right side of the plate at the 4 o’clock position, with the fork on the inside, but the tines are down (versus up), and the knife on the outside, blade in.