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The gorgeous Julia Roberts got away with her gaffe in Pretty Woman when she unsuccessfully tried to saw her way through a French delicacy with fine-dining cutlery.

But we lesser mortals might just end up creating a very bad impression if we do the same.

For instance, your boss may take you for a lunch meeting at a plush restaurant. You order an exotic continental dish. The treat arrives and you attack it with fork and knife -- a clash of cutlery, a clumsy push against the water goblet and there flies your chunk of meat out of your plate and... onto your boss' shirt!

It's a horrifying scenario. But you need not worry. Ease your fine-dining worries with these handy tips on dining etiquette.

Text: Rukmini Iyer
Illustrations: Dominic Xavier

Rukmini Iyer is a corporate trainer and instructional designer. She writes regularly on business etiquette, communication, language enhancement and grooming.

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