Manners and Etiquette at the Peruvian Dinner Table

We all know already that Peru has a very extensive cuisine which is renowned all over the world. In fact, there are Peruvian restaurants all over the world and people are now used to eating delicious cuy, sausages and fried rice prepared in the Peruvian way. However, what would you do if you were invited to a Peruvian home? How should you behave and what people manners should you follow?

In this article, we take a look at how you should behave at the table and what rules you need to follow in order to come across as a well-mannered person.

How to behave at the Peruvian dinner table?

Peruvian table manners or similar to what is practiced in Europe. For instance, people do not switch knives and forks when they’re eating. The fork is always in the left hand and the knife is always in the right. If you’re not using your utensils, do not keep your hands on your lap. They should always be visible but this does not mean that you should rest your elbows on the table.

Are dinners very formal in Peru?

Dinners are elaborate affairs in Peru and they can be quite formal as well. A lot of planning goes into who sits where at the table and these rules are expected to be followed. You cannot just go and sit where ever you want but instead you should sit exactly where you are told to. The host and the hostess sit on the opposite ends of the table. All the women sit to the right of the host and all the men sit to the right of the hostess.

You should not leave the table until the host or the hostess gives the signal. Do not speak loudly when you’re eating and of course as in every other country, don’t chew while talking. If you follow these rules, your hosts will be very happy with you and will probably invite you again!

Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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