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You’ve been eating burritos all wrong! Etiquette expert William Hanson explains how to eat the Mexican meal correctly, including what to do with ‘spillage’

Burritos can be a tricky meal to consume gracefully, but help is available from a master who can pull off grace no matter the situation.

Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals the secret to eating burritos elegantly in one TikTok video which has been viewed almost a million times.

He explains that if the burrito is wrapped in aluminum foil, you can take the top off and leave the rest on to “protect it from greasy hands.”

The burrito should then be picked up with your dominant hand, William explains, while the non-dominant hand is held underneath to catch any ‘spills’ from the open end of the burrito.

We asked William what they do with this ‘spill’.

The non-dominant hand is cupped at the bottom to absorb any 'spills'

The burrito should be picked up with your dominant hand, William explains, while the non-dominant hand is held underneath to catch any “spills.”

He said: ‘Hopefully it will end up on the plate underneath. You can leave it there until the end and enjoy it with a knife and fork.

“But when no one is looking and you feel like living on the edge, you can use your fingers to pick up and eat.”

Can a knife and fork be used in an emergency, due to a particularly difficult burrito?

William noted, “The exact origins of the burrito are somewhat hazy, but like the bread of a sandwich or burger bun, the corn tortilla keeps hands relatively clean when you pick it up to eat.”

We asked William what they do with the 'spill'.  “When no one is looking and you feel like living on the edge, you can use your fingers to pick up and eat,” he said.

We asked William what they do with the ‘spill’. “When no one is looking and you feel like living on the edge, you can use your fingers to pick up and eat,” he said.

“Knives and forks aren’t really meant to be used, but if the burrito is overstuffed and spilled everywhere, no one is going to send you to etiquette jail for using a knife and fork to savor the fallen bits that are now are on the board. plate.’

And does he have any idea whether or not the restaurant should deliver burritos with aluminum foil?

William replied, “Foil is not correct for formal dining. But burritos – while delicious – are not a formal food in British cuisine, so the objectionable point is moot.

“The foil keeps the burrito wrapped longer and warmer, so it serves a purpose.”

For more information from Mr. Hanson, visit his TikTok And Instagram profiles. Are new book, Just Good Manners (Penguin Random House), will be released on September 12, 2024. It’s billed as ‘a witty and authoritative guide to British etiquette’, in which William shares ‘his definitive guidelines on how to charm and surprise those around you with quirky authority in any situation’ .