You held – and used – a fork incorrectly.
William reveals in one clip that the correct way to hold a fork is to grip it in your non-dominant hand, with your index finger extended toward the bottom of the fork, “stopping just short of the bridge.”
He adds: “Make sure you keep the handle firmly in the palm of your hand and don’t stick out. And that’s how you hold a fork.
In a separate video, William points out that one of the “biggest taboos in British culinary etiquette is turning your fork over when eating.” In other words, pick up food with the tines facing up and use the fork like a spoon.
You held – and used – a fork incorrectly. But luckily, etiquette expert William Hanson (above) has made two now-viral TikTok videos in which he gives a masterclass in handling forks.
Cut Above Others: William reveals that the correct way to hold a fork is to grip it in your non-dominant hand, with your index finger extended toward the bottom of the fork. He adds: “Make sure you keep the handle in the palm of your hand.”
William says: “Always have the tines of the fork pointing down when using a knife. »
Are there any foods where it is okay to eat with the tines of the fork facing up? Peas, for example?
William told MailOnline Travel by email: ‘In British cuisine the fork is only turned upwards when held in the dominant hand, with the knife left on the table. Foods such as pasta, risotto, curries and shepherd’s pie can be eaten this way. This is perfectly acceptable in an informal dinner. Although often using a knife is also much easier for just about everything because it gives you extra purchase on the food and keeps it from falling or splashing.
“Peas are eaten by sticking them on the tines of the fork, using the back of the knife to help push. »
Always have the tines of the fork pointing down when using a knife, says William.
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William said the British convention on forks came from a “habit over time”, adding that in America it has yet to catch on.
He said: “In America they have a different style of eating, which they call ‘Zig Zag’. This is where they start holding the knife and fork in a conventional manner, cut a piece of food, then place the knife on the upper right part of the plate, turn the fork over and pass it to the right hand, then stab the piece. they just cut it, then ate it. Then they put the fork back in their left hand, lower the tines, pick up the knife again and start again. Exhausting.’
Food for thought for America.
And once the meal is finished, how do you leave the knife and fork on the plate?
William said: ‘When you’re finished, the key is that the cutlery goes together, which tells the waiters that you’re finished and ready for the plate to be cleared once everyone else has finished too .
“In Britain, the correct angle is to imagine the cutlery as the hands of a clock: 6:30 p.m. In the United States, it’s more like 4:20 p.m. Some European countries do it at 3:15 p.m. I’m not too concerned about the angle, as long as the cutlery is placed well together – that’s all the staff are looking for.
Help! I sent a sext to my boss by William Hanson and Jordan North is out now (£20/C$42.95), published by Random Penguin House. To learn more about Mr. Hanson, visit his Tic Tac And Instagram profiles.