Eating Styles: Fork & Knife Edition Sam January 20, 2011 Eating Styles 12 Comments Letâ€™s say youâ€™re sitting at the dinner table, and you have a big steak in front of you. Or youâ€™re sitting at the breakfast table with a pile of waffles on your plate. Or itâ€™s brunch on a cruise ship, and you decided to have both waffles and steak because you â€œhaveâ€ to take advantage of the all-inclusive (hey, I donâ€™t judge). . . The point is, thereâ€™s nothing more annoying than having to use your knife and fork to cut your food up. I mean, somebody (maybe not you, but somebody) already went through a bunch of working trying to prepare this meal, so whatâ€™s the deal? Some eaters, like the guy sitting on the living room couch in his skivvies with a pile of waffles and steak on his plate, avoid the cutting-up conundrum altogether by stabbing the whole lot in the middle with a fork and downing it state fair style. They will likely continue to do this until the invention of meals you can sip through a straw. . For the other 97 percent of the population who experience at least some sort of public exposure while eating, there are two ways to cut up your food: all at once or as-you-go. Itâ€™s pretty simpleâ€”you either use your fork and knife to saw off your bites one-by-one, or cut the whole thing up into bits at the beginning of the meal and eat away, home free. . Now Iâ€™m not one to take eating styles and assign them to totally unrelated personality traitsâ€”wait, who am I kidding? Yes I am.Â So…are you of the take-it-in-stride, flexible, and adaptable sort, cutting up your meat/waffles/pancakes as you go, adjusting bite size as you please? Or are you the prepare-in-advance, structured, scheduling type, who cuts up your food right away, consigning yourself to one bite size with the knowledge you will be able to eat your entire meal without hassle? . [poll id="138"] The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Sam My name is Sam and all I care about is food. Latest posts by Sam (see all) Quick Bite: French Toast Crunch - March 8, 2014 Eating Styles: Would You Eat Horse Meat? - November 18, 2013 Deep Fried Everything Ep 153 - November 14, 2013 12 Responses hannah January 20th, 2011 Maybe I’m old (under 30), but I was taught that it was rude to cut everything up ahead of time; good manners required that you cut as you go. Have times changed? Reply Belinda @zomppa January 20th, 2011 What an interesting poll! I have to say I love cutting up as I go…it’s part of the fun…the process of savoring the meal. And who knows…mid-way, you might change up your bite size! Reply jesse January 20th, 2011 I cut in spurts, slice a quadrant of waffle and then eat it. Then cut the next quadrant and so on. Reply Kath January 20th, 2011 If I cut the food right away, I feel like a little kid that had their food cut for them. Reply Jim January 20th, 2011 Amen, If I’m not eating steak, I can use my fork to create smaller pieces. Reply suicide_blond January 20th, 2011 hybrid method (thats unmannerly– so dont tell my mom) i use the side of my fork for most cutting…and… if i cant saw it up with the side of my fork…i blame the chef for making my meal tooo tough.. xoxo Reply suicide_blond January 20th, 2011 oops apparently jim and i are soul mates..xoxo Reply stacey@Havoc&Mayhem January 20th, 2011 Habit from dining with small kids, I cut everything up right away. It’s generally the only way I’ll be able to actually eat my meal in a timely manner. Cut theirs first & then while they start eating cut mine up so I can eat bites in between dealing with whatever their issue of the moment is. I’m just not that concerned with the size of the piece. If I want a bigger bite I’ll put two on my fork if I want a smaller one I’ll cut one in half with my fork. Reply Sam January 20th, 2011 After spending way too long on the Wikipedia page about “eating utensil etiquette,” I believe you’re right, hannah – the proper way to eat is to cut your food up as you go. Reply Sara January 20th, 2011 It’s interesting that you said steak and waffles because I always cut up my waffles right away, but then I always cut up a steak as I go. Reply BS January 22nd, 2011 as you go for anyone that has completed kindergarten Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.