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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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