Table Manners – Eating Etiquette

  • Chew and swallow all the food in your mouth before taking more or taking a drink.
  • Eat slowly and carefully and chew with your mouth closed.
  • Finish what is in your mouth before talking.
  • Never put so much food in your mouth that you cannot chew comfortably (take small bites).
  • Sip your drinks, don’t gulp.
  • Food should come to you, not you to the food.
  • If the food or drink is too hot, wait for it to cool. Do not blow on it to cool it down.
  • Do not slurp your soup or drink, either from the glass or from the spoon.
  • Break the rolls/chapati with your fingers not with your knife. However a slice of bread can be cut with the knife into portions. A toast is cut with a knife into bite size pieces.
  • Butter only the portion you have broken, not the whole slice or half a roll at one time.
  • Always use a knife and fork at a formal meal.
  • Cut your food in bite-sized pieces, a piece at a time. Do not cut all your food at once.
  • Don’t lick the cutlery, especially spoon and knife.
  • Don’t waive the cutlery around.
  • Never use your fingers to push food onto your spoon or fork. Use the cutlery provided.
  • Eat the food in the manner in which it is served: don’t mash the food on your plate.
  • Do not scrape the plate. If some gravy or sauce is left, use a piece of bread to mop it up using your fork or just leave it.
  • If eating with your hands, use the clean hand for serving yourself and for your glass.
  • Don’t lick your fingers if you are eating an Indian meal.
  • Don’t use your hands for halving a puri etc. from the serving plate.

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