Some of what was taught was what I had learned at home from my parents and grandparents. They taught me the European way of holding a fork in my left hand and my knife in my right. Most of my fellow students used their right hand for the fork and really didn’t know into which hand the knife went. Yet, there were many other things that I didn’t know – all the extra knives and forks that were placed before me were a mystery. Which one to pick up for the salad? Which one to use for the entree?
We did learn all the basics, but it’s been a long time since Grade Seven. I found this infographic on Daily Infographic and couldn’t resist re-posting it here. It’s one of the most comprehensive and best-displayed examples of what the etiquette is for fine dining (aka, eating at restaurants that don’t have a uniformed teenager serving you over-salted fries). Many of these tips can be applied to dining at your chain family restaurant and will distinguish you from a uneducated slob to somebody who takes care with their meal.
Now get out there and do some fine dining!