First impressions are everything
“When I walk into a restaurant, am I greeted in a timely, professional yet warm manner?” asks former Food Network Iron Chef Cat Cora, of Cat Cora’s Kitchen & Taproom in airports across the United States. “First impressions are crucial.” If etiquette excites you as much as it excites this celeb chef, you’ll want to read our guide to perfect table manners.
Ask questions before you sit
Being inquisitive is your best defense against a bad meal, says Cora. “Is the waitstaff on point, professional, and knowledgeable about the food and beverage menus?” If they don’t know their menu inside and out before you sit, good luck getting them to pay close attention to your order, allergies, and special requests. Restaurants with informed waitstaff and servers are more likely to get celebrity chefs sitting at their tables and tipping big when they’re not working. Check out this list of things restaurant owners wish they could tell you.