Gentlemen’s Guide: Proper Dining Etiquette Every Man Should Know

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June 27, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

A true gentleman never forgets his table manners

“A.Langen

 



From the way you hold your fork and knife to how you use your napkin, even the smallest gestures can speak volumes about you at the dining table. Read on for some essential etiquette tips worth remembering for your next dinner party:

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Hold your fork and knife continental style

Knowing how to use your knife and fork with grace is essential table manners. As a general rule, the fork should stay in the left hand with the tines pointed down, while the knife is held by the right hand.

The knife and fork should be crossed in the centre of the plate with fork tines pointed down when in resting position. When you're done with your meal, place the knife and fork side by side on the right side of the plate—the fork tines pointing down and the knife's blade facing in— for the universal "I'm finished" position.

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Gentlemen’s Guide: Proper Dining Etiquette Every Man Should Know
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Always break bread with your hands

The first thing that's served at dinner is usually freshly baked bread. But don't use your knife to cut your rolls at a formal dinner—always break your bread in half with your hands and tear off one piece at a time, individually butterering each piece as you are ready to eat it.

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Use your napkin properly

The napkin's only purpose should be wiping food away from one’s mouth. When needed, wrap a section of the napkin around you index finger and gently pat around your mouth. It's not a good look to use a large portion of the napkin, and it will make it more difficult to use the napkin again.

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