We live in a global economy that is in a period of exponential growth. Many of the old rules are being re- written, however good manners and well-honed conversational skills are still essential. In addition, the higher you go in corporate or government circles the more polished manners are expected.
Please understand that it’s never too late to learn and practice good manners. This includes learning the intricacies of eating European style. This is not only a different way of using your utensils but also learning which food in what country is eaten first. For example, in many European countries, the salad is eaten last. For now, however, take out your knife and fork and let’s learn how to use the utensils!
How to: Cut with your knife in one hand and the fork in the other. Don’t switch hands as most Americans do. Learn to cut your food with the hand holding the knife and eat it with the fork in the other hand. Usually this is best accomplished by using the knife to stop the food against the fork. (A nugget of bread is also a good “stopper”.)
This will take some practice. You have to find out which hand feels most comfortable cutting the food. As you secure it with your fork, it’s also a matter of determining which hand is easier to get the food on the fork and bring it to your mouth.I practice at home all the time! The problem is the peas. I just can’t seem to get them on a knife or on the back of a fork, so I end up turning the fork over and using the knife to assist getting them on my fork. Oh well. I just need more practice!
Question: Do you have some tips to offer?