The cutlery language at the table

The cutlery language at the table


Having the proper tools when cooking is essential in order to prepare delicious recipes; this is something that the chefs of the best restaurants know pretty well. But do we know how cutlery is correctly used at the table? What does its position mean and what are they used for?


The protocol expert, Mindy Lockard, a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, gives details about what does the fact of leaving the cutlery on a specific position or another. On her section of Forbes magazine online version Lockard explains that when one is “resting” (when one is talking, drinking or leaving the table just for a moment), fork should be left on the plate over the knife and with its spikes looking downwards. However, if we want to indicate that we have finished our meal, the cutlery will be placed in an X form, over the dish; the fork spikes should also be looking downwards and it should be also over the knife. By following these guidelines, we will make sure that waiters understand our attitude and be aware of when they should take away the dish, apart from being polite with the rest of the guests.


Despite Joselito acorn-fed ham can be enjoyed in multiple forms and recipes, as it can be shown in the several, varied and tasty Joselito LAB elaborations one of the best ways to enjoy it is in sliced and using your bare hands. The acorn, apart from providing to Joselito Iberian ham an unbeatable and 100% natural flavor, also provides it with an exceptional feature: a pleasant texture, enhanced through touch, since it is perceived by the fingers and it is extended in the palate, a truly sublime gastronomic experience. Actually, this is something that neither cutlery nor protocol is required: just enjoy to the fullest.