How you choose to get your food into your mouth may not matter when you’re eating at the comfort of your home. But that’s completely not the case when you are eating in an open environment. Perhaps, in a restaurant or in a formal occasion, there must be sanity in your composure and style to hold your utensils. A formal atmosphere deserves approvable formalities and utensil etiquette which reflects deserving respect while also maintaining a commendable prestige. So, here we go. How to use fork and knife, the European style!
It is notable that most Americans are beginning to go continental; adopting the European (continental) style of using utensils (fork and knife). Some argue that the European style is more efficient, while others believe it’s simpler. Did I just say efficient? It’s not like you should be in a hurry while taking your food. I think it’s the word for those who don’t think the American style is difficult anyway.
Fork and knife position
Your fork is held on the left side of your plate while the knife on the right. Sometimes you would have more than one fork; the outer one (usually smaller) is for your salad while the inner fork is for your main dish. However, all is held on your left hand.
Holding the utensils
While holding your fork and knife for a cut, the two handles should be concealed by your palm. This is why the European style is also referred to as hidden handle. Your index finger should rest at the blunt side (back) of the knife close to the handle and kept almost straight, while your remaining four fingers wrap around the handle; concealing it completely. This same principle is applied as you hold the fork. Here, you will face the prongs down. Your index finger rests at the back-side and head of the fork. Also, the end of both utensils should be touching the base of your palms.