5 Dining Etiquette You Need To Know!

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Dining Etiquette one must be aware of - Image: Cambiar News

Eating in a formal gathering can be really tricky, considering that the other person gets to know a lot about you by the way you eat! Dining with good table manners can leave a healthy and long lasting impression on the other person, whereas, terrible table manners can alter their perception of you.


If you consider your table manners to be impeccable and in accordance with the highest standards, even then this quick refresher will help you leave a better impression on the people you’re dining with.

Starting with some basic rules, it should be kept in mind that reaching on time is really necessary because there is no such thing as ‘fashionably late’. Being behind schedule will only make you look tardy.

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The host should always act like a responsible in-charge, which means choosing an appropriate restaurant and then making a reservation ahead of time. Once your food is served; you should dine as quietly as possible, taking smaller portions of food.

Apart from this, there is a proper way of using your utensils and you can convey a couple of messages using only them, but it should be kept in mind that you should use your utensils only. Here are the 5 important things everyone should know:

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Dining Etiquette: This position indicates that the person is still consuming the food – Image: Cambiar News
  1. Setting your fork and knife in a position where they make an upside down ‘V’ shape indicates that you wish to continue your meal and are not finished yet.
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Dining Etiquette: Setting your cutlery in this way conveys the message that you are awaiting the next course – Image: Cambiar News

2. Placing your fork and knife in a crossed position, in such a way that the fork is turned upward, would indicate that you are not finished and are waiting for the next course.

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Dining Etiquette: This placement of fork and knife subtly indicates that you didn’t like the meal – Image: Cambiar News

3. Arranging your fork and knife in a position where they make an upside down ‘V’ shape, with the knife slightly overlapping the fork on top, would subtly indicate that the food was not appetizing.

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Dining Etiquette: Such setting of the utensils says that you are done eating – Image: Cambiar News

4. Positioning your fork and knife vertically together, parallel to each other would indicate that the food has been finished.

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Dining Etiquette: This indicates that you loved the meal – Image: Cambiar News

5. Laying your fork and knife in a horizontal position, still parallel to each other would indicate that the meal was really delicious and that you enjoyed eating it.

The long used line ‘You’re what you eat’ has now been changed to ‘You’re how you eat’.

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