Setting the table. Place forks to the left of the plate; knives and spoons to the right. Arrange from the outside in based on which utensil you’ll use first: for example, on the left side , the salad fork (smaller and wider than the dinner fork) to the far left, then to its right, the dinner fork.
In General: – No more than three of any implement is ever placed on the table , except when an oyster fork is used in addition to three other forks .
Place -Setting Specifics The fork goes to the left of the plate. Place the knife to the right of the plate with the blade facing the plate. A napkin goes to the left of the fork or atop the dinner plate. A water or beverage glass rests just above the knife .
There are two basic methods for eating with a knife and fork . The “American” involves having your fork in your left and your knife in your right when cutting your food, then putting the knife down and switching your fork to your right hand to eat, tines facing upwards. (If you’re right – handed , that is.)
Because the fork was an assisting utensil to the knife, and the knife was already firmly gripped in the right hand, people were forced to navigate the fork with their left hand. It is for this reason that the fork was then laid upon on the left side of the plate.
The idea behind the use of multiple forks is to prevent contamination from one dish to the next. Having salad dressing on a fork that is then used to enjoy a light piece of fish could alter the taste of the fish dish. By using a separate fork , diners are able to enjoy each dish standing on its own.
The dessert fork may be placed above the dinner plate, or it may be brought to the table when dessert is served. A narrow fork with three tines, this fork (also called a seafood or cocktail fork ) is useful for handling shellfish, or for picking up shrimp from a shrimp cocktail.
The three most common types of table settings are formal, casual, and basic . Each place setting includes the utensils and dinnerware pieces that would normally be used with the corresponding style of dining.
Place your knife and fork together in the centre of the plate, pointing to twelve o’clock. This will indicate to your attendee that you have finished. It is okay to place it pointing any position on the plate as long as the utensils are parallel to each other. “I am ready for my next meal .”
Place a dinner plate in the centre of the setting and lay forks to the left of the plate and knives and spoons to the right . Place your cutlery in the order that it will be used starting from the outside. Knife blades should be facing towards the plate and fork prongs facing upwards.
Your napkin should remain on your lap during the meal. If you need to leave the table temporarily , place your napkin in your chair and push your chair back under the table – this signals to the wait staff that you will be returning to the table .
Your fork is in your left hand with the tines pointing down and your knife is in your right hand because most peoples right hand is stronger and therefore more suited to the activity of cutting. Eating with your fork in the right hand , with the tines pointing up has been popular in North America for many generations.
Having the fork “ upside down ” makes it easier to remove most food from the fork to the mouth. In proper etiquette a fork is always held in your left hand and the knife in the right hand. It does not matter if you are right or left handed, it does not change which hand you use for your knife and fork .
In the American style, one cuts the food by holding the knife in the right hand and the fork in the left hand with the fork tines piercing the food to secure it on the plate.