Dining Etiquette with Paul Russell

Learn the table manners, dining etiquette and behaviour of royalty and the upper class.

November 22nd, Colaba, Mumbai – 18.30 – 22.00 | November 23rd, Colaba, Mumbai – 18.30 – 22.00

Rs.9,900 (Excl GST) Per Person, including 4-course dinner.

It is all about simple confidence

How you hold your knife and fork, where you place your napkin, how you sit and the way we eat says a lot about us. But table manners and dining etiquette are not just about complicated and stuffy rules. Correct manners and etiquette is about confidence, about knowing how to act and behave no matter what social or professional situation you find yourself in.

Imagine what it would feel like not to feel shy or awkward the next time you eat out or the next time you entertain a client.  Consider how confident you would feel when you walk into a fine dining restaurant and you know exactly how to behave, and what each piece of cutlery and each glass on the table is for.

For hundreds of years, European royalty, aristocracy and the upper classes have managed to look polished, at ease and perfectly comfortable in every surrounding.  Are they born with this confidence, charm and understanding of polite behaviour, dining etiquette and table manners?  No, they are not.  They are taught and trained from an early age how to behave.  It didn’t come naturally, they took classes, attended expensive and exclusive finishing schools and observed others around them.  And you can learn it too.

Subjects Covered

The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork.  Oscar Wilde
The Menu

Accepting a menu, reading a menu and signalling when you are ready to order.

Ordering your Meal

How to place your dining order correctly and with confidence

Drinks & Wine

Tips on ordering drinks and wine when dining and entertaining

Courtesy to Waiters

Understanding how treating your waiter with charm and politeness pays dividends

Table Layout

Understanding different table layouts and what they are used for

Which Cutlery?

Overcoming the mystique and fear of different cutlery types

Which Plate?

Which plate to use for different elements of your meal

Using a Knife & Fork

Using a knife and fork correctly to display perfect manners

Dessert Cutlery

Using a fork and spoon for dessert in the correct manner

Sitting at the Table

How to sit at the table to look relaxed and confident

Using your Napkin

Using your napkin correctly and where to place it when finished

Bread & Bread Rolls

The correct way to eat bread and bread rolls

Soups, Pasta & Salads

How to correctly eat soup, pasta and salads and other complicated foods

Serving & Passing Food

How to correctly pass and serve food to your dinner guests

Salt & Pepper

Using salt and pepper in the correct manner

Sauces & Condiments

How to use condiments and place them on your plate correctly

Finger Bowls

Using the finger bowls and when they should be placed on the table

Dinner Conversation

Making polite dinner conversation and keeping dinner guests engaged

Excusing Yourself

How to excuse yourself from the table correctly with ease and good grace

Bill & Payment Etiquette

Understanding the etiquette behind paying the bill.  Who pays and how it should be done

Paul Russell

Luxury Expert and Royal Protocol Trainer

Paul grew up and spent his childhood in Mumbai India, where he was privately educated by a team of three international tutors.

At twelve he was sent to England to complete his education one of the UK’s most prestigious and well-known boarding schools.

Paul is co-founder and managing director of Luxury Academy London which specialises in training for the luxury market.  The company has offices in London, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam and employs just short of one hundred staff.

A dynamic and engaging trainer, Paul speaks on a variety of subjects relating to the luxury market and high net worth individuals.  Paul is a retained protocol trainer for three royal families and a number of international billionaires.

You can discover more about Paul by visiting his personal website at www.officialpaulrussell.com


Indigo Restaurant, 4 Mandlik Rd, Colaba, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, 400001

Course Price Includes 4-Course Dinner

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