Express how much you enjoy the meal with your cutlery! Learning to properly arrange your knife and fork while eating has benefits. Having an adequate cutlery technique, you can send a message to your host and servers without saying any word. Plus, it conveys class and respect to the people serving you.


Show your dining etiquette in your next dinner celebration or business dinner.


Learning the language of the cutlery

The next time you are in a restaurant or dinner party, surprise your family, friends and colleagues by following these tips.


I am not finished

If you are talking, but haven’t finished eating your meal, rest your knife and fork on your plate in an upside down V with the tips of the utensils facing towards each other.

I am finished

Place your knife and fork together in the center of the plate, pointing to twelve o’clock. This will indicate that you haven’t finished.

I am ready for my next meal

For a meal with several courses, there is another visual clue for how to place your utensils. Place your knife and fork in a cross on the plate, with the fork pointing vertical and the knife pointing horizontal.

The meal was excellent

If you really liked the meal and want to show your server, place your knife and fork horizontally across the plate with the blade and tines pointing right. This will also indicate you have finished.

I did not enjoy the meal

Lastly, the correct etiquette for indicating you didn’t like the meal is to place your knife’s blade through the fork’s tines in a V. This visual clue is very similar to “I have not finished.” Don’t get confused with these two.

These are the big no-no’s in cutlery etiquette

Now that you just learned this useful secret language, it’s time to say a Big NO-NO! to the following:

Never cross your knife and fork

Please, do not cross your knife and fork in an X on your plate. It creates an inconvenience to your server when they are picking up your plate.

No Licking

We know you want to tell your host how much you like the meal, but from now on, let’s stick to placing your knife and fork horizontally across the plate with the blade and tines pointing right.

No Flying Fork and Knife

We are grown up! So don’t play with your fork and knife or use them for pointing at other people.

We don’t want you to get hurt!


We hope you enjoy reading this article as much as we enjoy writing it. Let’s show what you learn in your next event!

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