What is the waiter rule

20 after 4 position: I'm done

Well, who could have answered this question: “Who should deal with the 20 after 4 position know? ”Günther Jauch asked Sebastian Langrock this question yesterday in his quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - it was the million dollar question. And Sebastian Langrock knew the right answer: waiter. Because the 20 after the 4 position describes the typical position of the cutlery: Knife and fork are parallel at 4 o'clock - and this indicates to the service staff: "I'm done."

Table manners are still part of good manners. In hardly any other area do people associate good behavior as strongly as they do at the table. A good eating culture has the greatest external impact at business lunches and is an indication of nobility and a good nursery - and conversely, it can also be a stumbling block for applicants. Good if you know at least the two most important cutlery codes:

  • The 20 after the 4 position (Knife and fork are on the plate at 4 o'clock)
  • The 20 after the 8 position (Fork at 8 o'clock, knife at 4 o'clock)

Table manners and cutlery codes

The latter means that you are just taking a break and the waiter should not clean up, for example, while you are just freshening up in the toilet.

Other alleged codes, however, belong in the realm of myths. About the 20 before 8 position. It is supposed to signal to the host or cook: "The food was terrible." But that's nonsense.

Another very real rule is all the less observed, but it is a further indication of good table manners: Once picked up, the cutlery must no longer touch the tablecloth!

You can find even more tips on manners and etiquette rules for eating culture here:

ABC for business lunches: The etiquette for the type of meal

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