How to use and hold cutlery in Pakistan dinning etiquettes?

by nimra mukhtar on April 30, 2023

Even though cutlery is necessary for daily life, many people may need to learn how to hold, use, and store their knives, forks, and spoons when eating at home or in a fancy restaurant and how they behave at the table. And how you use your cutlery can significantly impact how other people view you. 

To wow your guests and dine confidently, we'll give you helpful advice in this blog post on how to use and hold cutlery like a pro. So, let's get started!

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Utensils and Their Uses

Tools for eating, cooking, or serving food are known as utensils. Knives, forks, and spoons are some of the most frequently used utensils.

Any kitchen needs utensils; using them correctly can make cooking and eating much more efficient and enjoyable. Deciding which utensils to use for a particular task can be challenging when so many different kinds are available. Each knife has a unique function and can make cooking more straightforward and enjoyable.

To help you better understand the kitchen tools at your disposal, we'll look at some everyday utensils and their uses in this article.

Also, we'll examine the various applications of a fork, spoons, and knives and the correct way to hold and handle them. 


Spoons are an essential utensil for any dining table, formal or casual. They are primarily used to consume semi-solid or liquid foods such as soup, ice cream, cereal, and sauces.  

Use a spoon as shown below:

  1. A soup spoon is a giant spoon used to eat soup, stew, or chili.
  2. Dessert spoon: A smaller spoon used to eat desserts like pudding, ice cream, or cake.
  3. Teaspoon: A smaller spoon for stirring coffee or tea and adding sugar or milk to the beverage.
  4. tablespoon is a giant spoon serving food like vegetables, rice, or mashed potatoes.


Although forks come in various sizes and shapes, they all serve the same fundamental purpose: getting food from the plate to your mouth

The dinner fork, typically positioned at the very left of a place setting, is the most frequently used fork. Other fork varieties, such as dessert, salad, and seafood forks, are designed and sized specifically for their intended use.

Use a fork as shown below:

1. With your thumb and the first two fingers of your right hand, firmly grasp the handle.

2. Place your left hand on top of your right hand and tilt the tines downward by lightly pressing with your middle finger while lifting your hand slightly.

3. Use a knife or spoon to transfer food onto the tines.

4. Instead of using both arms at once to transport food to your mouth, use just your right arm. To maintain control, keep a small distance between you and the plate for support while conveying.

5. Use a knife to cut large items on a plate before using a fork to transfer them to your mouth. 


Knowing which utensils to use is essential when learning how to properly use a knife and fork. Food is cut and speared with the aid of knives. When holding it in your right hand, you can do this by placing your thumb on one side and your index finger on the other of the knife's handle. The blade's edge should work towards the object you want to cut. Always hold the fork with the tines facing down in your left hand, your index finger curled around a few times, and your thumb supporting the fork's handle from underneath.

Use a knife, as shown below.

Knives come in three main categories:

1. A dinner knife with a broad blade and a tip that curls up makes it simple to cut through foods. Like thick cuts of steak, chicken breasts, or pork chops.

2. An entree knife is typically smaller than a dinner knife. And as much sharper blade edges that curl up to accommodate smaller pieces of meat like lamb cutlets or fish fillets.

3. A steak knife, which is made specifically for cutting steaks. That has very sharp spikes at the tip for easy cutting through thick pieces of cooked or raw meat.

use and hold cutlery in Pakistan

Additional Tips

  • It's essential to remember that the utensils are the tools when you're eating at a formal dinner. Everyone serves a function, and there shouldn't be any issues as long as you can identify them.
  • Eating chicken or pork chops with your hands at casual gatherings is acceptable. The situation is different at formal dinners, though. It would help if you always ate with a fork. When speaking, avoid pointing or gesturing with your utensils.
  • Before picking up a glass or cup to drink water, tea, coffee, wine, or any other beverage, put your utensils down. Each knife should leave on the edge of your plate after use; do not place it back in the lineup.
  • If you make a mistake, remember that most people will only notice if you draw their attention to it. If you observe others at the table and look around, you might discover that you are more knowledgeable about formal dinner etiquette than most.
  • It is impolite to point out other people's bad manners, which is worse than using the wrong fork. It's polite to concentrate on your manners and disregard those of others.


It's not just about manners when it comes to using and holding cutlery; it's also about improving the comfort and enjoyment of your dining experience. You can enhance your dining experience using the strategies we've provided in this blog post. You'll also make a good impression on others thanks to your elegant table manners. 

You'll become an expert at holding and using cutlery with Grace and ease if you practice and are patient with yourself. So grab a fork and knife, and confidently enjoy your meal!



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