The first lesson of life is to learn about etiquette. The art of etiquette must be nurtured, studied, trained and trained over and over again to become a habit. Learning this is the duty and responsibility of every member of society. By learning and inheriting etiquette, one naturally becomes a member of a society and group. Once personal etiquette is cultivated, it will inevitably play an important role in social life.
Western food is a foreign product and hence is different from our country's diet. It has a cultural connotation and is rich in nutrients. With the acceleration of urbanization, western food has entered our life. It pays attention to dining etiquette and the dining environment. An elegant environment makes people not only happy but it also lets them relax in the process of dining while enjoying its beauty. This is the charm of western food.
An international education begins with the western food etiquette. In order to let children learn the standard western food etiquette, Just Kids Kindergarten invited Tarek, who has international five-star hotel management experience, to teach children about western food etiquette. Let’s follow the children of Just Kids Kindergarten into Tarek's western food class.
When taking a seat, you should keep your body straight, your elbows should not be placed on the table, and you should not cross your legs. Keeping some distance from the table is better to be able to conveniently use the tableware. Don't play around with the tableware that has been laid out on the dining table. The children are sitting down carefully, just like someone that is used to eating western food regularly.
After sitting down, Tarek introduced the tableware to us, as well as the correct placement and use of it. Let's learn this together! First, let's look at the position of the fork. Are you alright?
Next, let's take a look at how the tableware should be used.
I know, I know! This is a fork.
Guess: which hand is holding the knife?
The left hand! The right hand! Both hands are possible! The children's answers were varied and positive! Boys and girls, take a look at Tarek’s picture, there is a tip: it's the stronger hand which we also use to hold pens and spoons!
Here comes another question: what are we using to cut the beef?
Let me think....
We use the knife. Did you get that right?
When you eat soup, you should use a spoon. Don't slurp it or make noises when you eat. This is very impolite.
Do we eat pasta with a fork or a spoon? Tarek showed us how to use a fork for pasta! With a fork, gently roll the pasta up and spoon it slowly into your mouth.
When eating western food we should pay more attention to how we eat it. The tableware has its specific uses. The children are a little bit confused, let Tarek help us once again. We believe that you are smart and can learn quickly.
After Tarek's explanation, demonstration and some individual guidance here and there, the children now know the basic use of tableware and the table manners. It turned out that the fork is placed on the left side of the plate and the knife and spoon are on the right side of the plate. When eating with a knife and fork, take the knife and fork which are on the outside first, slowly work your way to the inside. Hold the fork in your left hand and the knife into your right hand. When cutting food, hold the fork in your left hand and cut the food into small pieces with the knife in your right hand. Then use the knife to place the food onto the fork to eat it. When using a knife, the blade should never face outwards. When the knife and fork are laid down during the meal, they should be arranged in the shape of the Chinese character "eight" and be placed on the edge of the plate separately. The blade of the knife faces oneself, indicating that you will continue to eat. After each dish, put the knives and forks on the plate. If you are talking, you can hold the knife and fork without putting them down. When you don't use the knife, you can also use the right hand to hold the fork. In case you need to make gestures with your hands, then you should put down the knife and fork. Never wave or shake the knife and fork around in the air. The other hand is used to wipe the mouth with a napkin. At no time should one end of the knife or fork be placed on the plate and the other end on the table. Eat your meals gracefully. It is not appropriate to have too much food in your mouth, or to speak with a full mouth or to make a sound when chewing, and do not to talk too much. If the soup or other dishes are too hot, let them cool down a little first. Do not blow them with your mouth. When you place your knife and fork on the plate, this indicates that the meal is over.
Children can't wait for us to start eating now.
Teacher, am I doing it right?
Keep everything in mind that Tarek just taught us!
Hmmm, this steak looks very tough! How do I eat you?!
But there are still some kids that haven't mastered the art just yet. That's ok. Tarek will come and help you!
Well, I'm a man! I can finish this dish on my own without any help!!
The children enjoyed cutting their favorite steak on their own.
The Just Kids Kindergarten western food etiquette class was hosted in the big hall, in an elegant environment, with elegant etiquette, with elegantly dressed children. We will practise this etiquette daily, as this will have an affect throughout the children’s life.
Finally, I would like to thank Tarek for giving us such a detailed explanation of western table manners. I would also like to thank the kitchen staff for preparing delicious food for us, and the teachers for setting up an elegant environment for us. Thank you！