Le Bon Ton, mind your manners!

The Accademia Italiana Galateo has recently stated that ” le bon ton” is unknown in Italy.

Judging from a report on 500 people the situation is critical!

Most of the people don’t even know the basic rules of proper manners.

Let’s take a look at what Samuele Briatore, president of Accademia Italiana Galateo, has to say about what we should be doing at the dinner table.

1)”Enjoy your meal”

❌87% of those interviewed think that it’s polite say this, but that’s not true.

✅You should never arrive hungry, the meal is meant to accompany the conversation

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2) “Cin Cin

❌74% think it’s proper manners, but it’s not.

✅According to Galateo you should just lift  your glass a little.

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3) Ask for salt

❌95% don’t  know that you should never ask for salt.

✅Salt used to be very expensive. Asking for salt is like saying that you don’t appreciate the food, you may offend whoever prepared the meal.


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4) Cheese and eggs

❌85% believe that it’s ok to cut cheese and eggs with a knife. Not true!

✅You only use knife to cut. The fork is enough for something so soft.

Never use the knife to put something on the fork, help yourself with a little piece of bread instead.


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5)Eat soup 

❌93% think that in order to eat the last drop of soup it’s necessary to tilt the bowl towards you, this is wrong.

✅You have to tilt the plate away from you so as not to assume an inappropriate position.


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6) Cutlery

❌79% believe that during the pause between courses you should place the cutlery with the tip on the plate and the lower part on the table. This is the biggest indication of bad manners: sauce and oil can fall on the table. Tragedy!!

✅Cutlery has to be arranged on the plate, the write position it’s the 20:20 of the clock.



❌68% think it’s ok put a teaspoon in your mouth.

✅The teaspoon can only be brought to the mouth to eat something.

The teaspoon should be left on the saucer, after stirring the coffee.


Thank you for reading my article! I hope you enjoyed the lecture and learned something!

See you soon!!

Chef Jack


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