Intercultural dating advice
Food should always be tasted before salt and pepper are added.
Applying condiments or seasoning before the food is tasted is viewed as an insult to the cook, as it shows a lack of faith in the cook's ability to prepare a meal.
Wine bottles should not be upturned in an ice bucket when empty.
A single mouthful of food should be lifted on the fork and you should not chew or bite food from the fork.
The knife should be held with the base into the palm of the hand, not like a pen with the base resting between the thumb and forefinger. When eating soup, the spoon is held in the right hand and the bowl tipped away from the diner, scooping the soup in outward movements.
Bread rolls should be torn with the hands into mouth-sized pieces and buttered individually, from the butter placed on the side plate, using a knife.
Bread should not be used to dip into soup or sauces.
Elbows should remain off the table When one has finished eating, this should be communicated to other diners and waiting staff by placing the knife and fork together on the plate, at approximately 6 o'clock position, with the fork tines facing upwards.
At family meals, children are often expected to ask permission to leave the table at the end of the meal.With the tines up, the fork balances on the side of the index finger, held in place with the thumb and index finger.Under no circumstances should the fork be held like a shovel, with all fingers wrapped around the base.They should not be used for anything other than wiping your mouth and should be placed unfolded on the seat of your chair should you need to leave the table during the meal or placed unfolded on the table when the meal is finished., using the knife to cut food or help guide food on to the fork.When no knife is being used, the fork can be held with the tines up.Diners should always ask for items to be passed along the table to them.It is also rude to slurp food, eat noisily or make noise with cutlery.As with butter, cheese should be cut and placed on your plate before eating.Only white wine or rosé is held by the stem of the glass; red by the bowl.The soup spoon should never be put into the mouth, and soup should be sipped from the side of the spoon, not the end.Licking one's fingers and eating slowly can also be considered impolite.