Types Of Spoons And Knives Used For Food & Beverage (F&B) Service

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Different Types of Spoons and Forks Used in Food and Beverage Services

In the food and beverage industry, there are various types of spoons and forks available for different purposes. These tools are not just for serving food but also for enhancing the dining experience.

One of the most common types of spoons is the teaspoon, which is used for stirring tea or coffee, adding sugar, or tasting small portions of food. A tablespoon, on the other hand, is larger and used for serving larger portions of food, such as mashed potatoes or vegetables.

For soups and stews, a soup spoon is usually used. It is deeper and wider than a regular spoon and can hold more liquid. There is also a dessert spoon, which is slightly smaller than a tablespoon and used for eating dessert.

When it comes to forks, the most widely used type is the dinner fork. It is used for eating the main course of a meal, such as meat or fish. A salad fork is smaller and used for eating salads or appetizers.

Another type of fork is the dessert fork, which is smaller than a salad fork and used for eating desserts. A seafood fork is also available, which has a long and narrow handle and used for extracting meat from shells.

Overall, the use of different types of spoons and forks adds to the elegance and sophistication of the dining experience.

List of Different Types of Spoons and Forks Used in Hotels and Restaurants:

1. Baby Spoon (5.5″ – 6.0″)

Baby Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Baby Spoons are small-sized spoons. This type of spoon is larger than the Coffee Spoon and Tea Spoon and is designed for use at breakfast time, for yogurt, or for any other drinks or foods that require a slightly larger spoon cup. Due to its special shape, this spoon is ideal for use by infants and toddlers.

2. Butter Knife (5.0″ – 6.0″)

Butter Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The tip of the blade is rounded and some are slightly wider at the tip.

3. Cheese Spoon (6.5″ – 7.0″)

Cheese Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Cheese spoons are designed for grated cheese. These spoons go together with cheese graters. The cups of these spoons are finely decorated.

4. Coffee Spoon (4.5″ – 5.0″)

Coffee Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

This is a small spoon designed for stirring Italian-style “Espresso” coffee prepared with a coffee mocha machine, the Neapolitan coffee maker, or a coffee shop machine. Its small size serves for small coffee cups and glasses.

5. Cream Spoon (4.5″ – 5.0″)

Cream Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The cream spoon has a rounded cup that is perfect for serving sauces or cream on other food.

6. Dessert Fork (7.0″ – 7.5″)

Dessert Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Dessert Forks are smaller than Table Forks and even smaller than Fruit Forks. Dessert Forks have three tines and are used for different dessert dishes and sweets

7. Dessert Knife (8.0″ – 8.5″)

Dessert Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The dessert knife features a narrow blade and a rounded or pointed tip. The rounded tip is used to section soft desserts, and the tip to cut hard desserts.

8. Dessert Spoon (8.0″ – 8.5″)

Dessert Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

This spoon is specifically designed for having desserts. It has an oval bowl and is almost double the size of a teaspoon.

9. Dinner Knife (9.0″ – 10.0″)

Dinner Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The dinner knife is the longest in a set of flatware. It is used to cut and push food and is laid on the table at all meals, formal and informal.

10. Fish Fork (7.0″ – 8.0″)

Fish Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Fish Forks are designed for dishes based on fish. Together with a fish knife, Fish Forks simplifies the cleaning of the fish and makes it easier to eat.

11. Fish Knife (8.0″ – 9.0″)

Fish Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The fish knife features a wide blade with a dull edge and a tip made with a notched point used to separate the skeleton from the body and lift the bones onto a plate.

12. Fruit Fork (5.5″ – 6.0″)

Fruit Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Fruit fork is smaller than Table Forks and is designed, together with the Fruit Knife and the Fruit Spoon, for use with fruit dishes and appetizers.

13. Fruit Knife (6.0″ – 7.0″)

Fruit Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The fruit knife is used to cut and peel fresh fruit at the table in formal and informal dining. The fruit knife features a pointed tip and a narrow blade that is straight or slightly curved.

14. Fruit Spoon (5.5″ – 6.0″)

Fruit Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

These are smaller than Table Spoons and are used together with Fruit Knives and Fruit Forks, for use with fruit dishes and appetizers.

15. Ham Fork (7.0″ – 8.0″)

Ham Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Ham Forks have two tines designed for picking up slices of prosciutto and very thinly sliced deli meats.

16. Ice cream Spoon (6.0″ – 6.5″)

Ice cream Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

These spoons have a wide cup that is typically square for picking up just the right amount of ice cream from the bowl.

17. Olive Spoon (6.0″ – 6.5″)

Olive Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The olive spoon is used to serve olives and other appetizers preserved in liquids. The spoon’s cup has holes for the liquid to drain through, making it easier to serve the food.

18. Oyster Fork 4.0″ – 4.5″

Oyster Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The oyster fork is a small utensil made with three short wide curved tines. The left tine is extra wide to assist in cutting the membrane that connects the oyster to the shell.

19. Pastry Fork 5.0″ – 5.5″

Pastry Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The pastry fork looks similar to a salad fork, but it is narrower and slightly shorter to provide leverage in cutting, the left tine is often notched.

20. Rice Spoon (10.0″ – 11.0″)

Rice Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

This is a large spoon designed for serving rice dishes and other side dishes at the table. The cup of this spoon is very large and can hold a larger amount of food.

21. Roast Fork (10.0″ – 11.0″)

Roast Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Roast Forks are the largest of the many different types of forks. Roast Forks have two points designed for stabbing meat during the carving phase and turning it during cooking.

22. Salad Spoon & Fork (8.5″ – 9.0″)

Salad Spoon Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Salad spoons go together with Salad Forks and have an elongated shape that helps with mixing salad or vegetables while dressing and makes it easier to serve.

23. Serving Spoon & Fork (10.0″ – 11.0″)

Serving Spoon Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The serving spoon goes together with the Serving Fork. The Serving Spoon is bigger than the Table Spoon and is designed for serving different side dishes. The large cup allows it to hold a larger amount of food.

24. Snail Forks (4.5″ – 5.0″)

Snail Forks Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Snail Forks are small forks used for aperitifs, for skewering olives, snails, canapes, and other tidbits and appetizers.

25. Soup Spoon (7.0″ – 7.5″)

Soup Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The Soupspoon features a wide cup designed for holding a large amount of the product.

26. Steak Knife (8.0″ – 9.0″)

Steak Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

The steak Knife has a sharp tip and a serrated edge to cut thick portions of meat. At a formal meal, a steak knife is not provided if the meat is served roasted, which is easily cut with a regular dinner knife.

27. Sugar Spoon (5.5″ – 6.0″)

Sugar Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Sugar spoons have a long, narrow cup with slightly raised edges. This special cup helps to pour the sugar into small-sized cups without spilling it.

28. Sundae Spoon / Parfait Spoon (9.0″ – 10.0″)

Sundae Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Sundae spoons are characterized by a very long handle. These spoons are designed for stirring long drinks, cocktails, and any drink served in a tall glass. The tapered shape of the spoon allows it to reach the bottom of any glass.

29. Table Fork (8.0″ – 8.5″)

Table Fork Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Table fork is what we use every day for our main dishes. They can be used for pasta, rice dishes, meat, or vegetables. These forks are designed for use with a wide variety of different dishes.

30. Table Knife 8.0″ – 8.5″

Table Knife Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

Table knives are what we use every day for our main dishes. They can be used for meat or vegetables. These knives are designed for use with a wide variety of different dishes.

31. Table Spoon 8.0″ – 8.5″

Table Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

These are what we use every day for our main dishes. They can be used for soups and rice dishes. The cups of these spoons are designed for picking up just the right amount of food

32. Tea Spoon 5.0″ – 5.5″

Tea Spoon Types of Spoon and Knifes used in Hotel

These are small-sized spoons. This type of spoon is larger than the Mocha Spoon and is designed for stirring tea, American-style or European-style coffee, cappuccinos, herb tea, ginseng coffee, and any other drink served in larger-sized coffee cups.


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