Cutlery is today an everyday item on any table.
Its usage is no longer just a primary need to pick food from our plates and eat it while keeping our hands clean: it’s a way to complement our tables.
Its origin is very ancient, and varies based on the three main pieces: fork, knife and spoon.
Historically, the first piece of cutlery used on a table was the knife, used to pick food directly from the serving dish and eat it.
There are countless cutlery models, which vary from ancient forged silver forks and knives to modern stainless steel ones.
Cutlery sets on the table reveal to a certain extent what food we are going to eat: according to the kind of fork and knife, we can expect meat or fish to be served.
A spoon gives a clear indication that one of the courses will be a soup.
The cutlery sets are generally changed at the end of every course.
Sometimes, to spare time (and money with staff), they are all arranged on the table at the beginning of the event.
The pieces of cutlery are arranged in a precise manner.
Forks are placed on the left-hand side of the plate, with prongs upwards.
Knives must be arranged on the right-hand side of the plate, with blades facing the plate, and spoons on the same side.
Dessert forks and knives must be placed above the plate. The knife blade must be pointed towards the plate, while the fork prongs are right-oriented.
The outer pieces of cutlery are used first: during the meal, you should never change the hand used to grab them.
At the end of every course, the cutlery should be placed obliquely and right-oriented on the plate, and never on the tablecloth.
To always make a good impression, never use your personal cutlery to pick food from the serving dishes: these will generally have their own set.
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