WEB DESK: Table etiquette are taught at every household. It is the first thing a child practices in his life. Here is a simple guide to table etiquette.
Always pass salt and pepper together, even if somebody asks only for salt. It’s rude to add salt or pepper to your food before tasting it.
Eat with your mouth closed. Food looks good on your plate and not in your mouth. Avoid talking with food in your mouth. If you’ve been asked a question, wait until you gulp the food down before answering
Take one bite at a time. If you do not like something, keep it to yourself.
Wait for the host or hostess to start before you start eating. If your food is too hot, wait for it to cool. It’s considered rude to blow.
Food should be passed around in a counter-clockwise manner (to your right). But if the someone to your left wants that bowl of pasta , be nice and oblige
The knife and fork should be held with handles in the palm of the hand, forefinger on top, and thumb underneath. Fingers should never be used to push food into your spoon. Focus. You can do it without your fingers.
Turn off your mobile phone. It’s rude to be on your phone when you’re in the company of others.
Once you’re done eating, place the knife and fork in a 4:20 fashion in the centre of the plate. The fork should be in the left hand while the knife should be in the right.
It’s impolite to sip your drink while you’re still chewing your food. Wait. Swallow your food and then sip. Follow the rule of BMW (Bread, Meal, Water). Breads to your left, meal in the centre, water to your right.
Napkins should be used only to dab your lips and not for blowing your nose. Avoid placing your elbows on the table while eating. While conversing though, it’s okay to prop your elbows up on the table.
While eating out, wait for everyone to be served before picking up your fork. While drinking from your glass, look into it and not over it. If you’re drinking from a wine glass, hold it by the stem.
Do not stretch yourself across the table to get to that pot of soup. Ask the person closest to it to pass it to you.
Do not pick the meat stuck to your canines with your fingernails. Use a toothpick. If there’s none at the table, go to the bathroom. And lastly, always thank the host before leaving.