What's wrong with these pictures?
To teach what's right, you must know what's wrong.
In these photos, Robert Shutt demonstrates some
dining faux pas; can you find the errors?
Were you able to spot the two things wrong with
- Etiquette expert Robert A. Shutt has ordered
spaghetti and peas -- two items that are extremely
difficult to eat. If you're trying to impress,
stick to foods that are easy to cut with a fork
and knife. They'll be easier to handle and less
likely to spill, causing awkward moments.
- Make sure you choose the right fork to eat
with. Shutt is using his salad fork instead
of his entree fork.
- There's only one major mistake in this photograph:
Shutt is using a knife to cut his dinner roll.
The correct way to eat a dinner roll is by breaking
off small manageable pieces by hand.
There are a lot of incorrect things going on
in this picture. Let's start from left to right:
- If you are drinking a glass of white wine,
make sure to hold the glass by its stem. Otherwise,
you'll warm up the wine with your body heat.
If you drank a chilled beverage before the meal
while networking, and hold it by the bowl you
will have "moist" hands, which is not ideal
for a handshake. Shutt recommends, however,
that one does not order any alcohol when out
on a job interview -- even if everyone else
- It's a bit hard to see, but there is a used
spoon sitting on the tablecloth. That's a big
no-no. If you've used a utensil, it stays on
- Dunking gigantic pieces of bread into your
soup is impolite. Use the saltine crackers that
come with your soup instead. However, don't
crush the saltines inside the bag first before
dumping them into your soup. Break small pieces
off by hand.
Other soup etiquette rules to keep in mind: No
slurping from the spoon; spoon the soup away from
you; don't blow on it if it's too hot -- wait until
it's cooled down first; and don't put ice cubes
- Napkins belong in laps, not tucked into
the neck of a shirt.
- When passing the salt and pepper, do not
grab them by the tops. Pass both at the same
time, holding the bottoms of the shakers.