We Tried The Plaza Hotel’s $1,000 Royal Etiquette Class

We Tried The Plaza Hotel’s $1,000 Royal Etiquette Class

Emily Christian: I think
this is, like, it’s really a finger thing, because
it’s too far away now. Myka Meier: OK, so now it’s…
Christian: It’s… Meier: OK, go. Christian: I’m so sorry, that
was, like, the worst thing I could have done. Christian: Today I’m at the Plaza Hotel to take a etiquette class. And, let me tell you, I am
not the most graceful person. I’m a messy eater, I’ve
never walked in heels before, and I would not know how to conduct myself at a formal dinner. So we’re gonna see if this
class can truly give me a full etiquette makeover today, and I can walk out of here ready to have dinner with the Queen. Meier: Etiquette is simply
respect. That’s all it is. If you really deconstruct everything, and the core of what it is, it’s just simply respect. Christian: A private etiquette
course at Beaumont Etiquette taught at the Plaza Hotel
can cost over $1,000 and promises to teach you
all the graces of a duchess in just a few hours. Etiquette is something that
seems so old-fashioned to me, but this school’s founder, Myka Meier, says business is booming, and
maybe not for who you’d think. While Myka has worked with members of England’s royal family, today her clients are
mostly young professionals willing to dish out a month’s
rent to learn manners. So I wanted to pay her
a visit to learn why. Meier: It’s more relevant
now than ever before, because we communicate
mostly electronically now. So we’re losing some of those soft skills that are still important when you meet somebody face to face. Christian: At this point,
I was a little more nervous than confident that I could pull it off, but the time had finally come to see if I could be at least a
little bit graceful for a day. Meier: In front of you here we’ve got, this is just a very simple,
one-course table setting. You have your water glass, which is always directly above your knife.
Christian: Oh. Meier: Then you have your
bread plate on your left. So you put your index to
your thumb on both sides. This is a lowercase B for bread. Christian: OK. Meier: The right is a
lowercase D for drinks. Christian: Oh.
Meier: So, if you put it down, your bread plate’s always on your left and your drinks will
always be on your right. So, the moment you get to a restaurant, you want to take that
napkin off of the plate, and then just gently, to
the side, just unfold it, and then refold it in half so that the seams are
both down, like that, and then the crease faces toward you. Excellent. Christian: Oh no, mine looks terrible. Meier: No. You never go down to your napkin, because it looks like
you’re kind of, like, hiding something under the table. So just open here, and you bring
the napkin up to your face, and then, oh, just the inside. Christian: Oh.
Meier: Hold the inside. And you’re actually
putting all of your stains in the inside of the napkin. We just dab, dab, dab, and then you close the napkin so all the stains stay contained in the inside of the napkin. Christian: Wow. Meier: Now, at the end of the meal, then we would pinch in the middle and we would leave it to the
left of the place setting to show that we were
finished with the meal, we are done, we are not
coming back to the table. Never do that. So, if you take nothing
away from this course, I want you to remember this. So, in American dining, we
often hold cutlery like this, and we cut, cut, cut,
and we rest our knives, and then we switch, and then we eat. At the moment I would say in business or in any formal social situation, I want you to elevate and switch to what we call continental dining. So, the blade faces up, perfect, so you’re holding with your thumb, your index is out, wrap and twist, and then, keeping the prongs
down, they go into your mouth. So this is break, I’m taking a break, and then when I’m finished with my meal, to signify to the server I am finished, then prongs are up, and then
handles are at four o’clock. If it has a stem you hold it by the stem. You never want to heat the
liquid inside the glass. Christian: I always just,
I just stick my hand right on there, the full thing. Also, this is heavy. Meier: And also for fingerprints, right? And then when you’re drinking, you’re drinking from the
same point of the glass every single time, so that
you avoid that lip ring. And then back down
directly over the knife. Christian: And I’m
guessing you don’t go, aah. Meier: Oh, we’ll see about that. But, typically speaking, the
lower to the stem we hold, the more sophisticated a holder becomes. Beautiful.
Christian: What about, is this, like, the most sophisticated? Meier: Whatever it is you’re drinking, we never go past 45 degrees. OK, up, up, up, up, up,
up, up, up, up, up, up. See, so you pretty much get…
Christian: OK, that’s enough. Meier: right, and so
you just don’t wanna go. Crew member: Have you
ever done that at the bar? Christian: Yes, absolutely,
I have done that, at a bar, and at dinner,
and at all over town, really, I’ve been going like this. Meier: So what you would
do, you would take your tea, and then it’s not clockwise
or counterclockwise, it’s actually just 12
o’clock to six o’clock, and then, making no noise, I want you to pinch through and support. Perfect, and when you’re
sipping you sip down, you look down into the tea. Arms up, one down, two down. OK, now I want you to go
ahead and try it again. You have to keep the napkins, and don’t do this in public, ever. Go ahead and take another sip of your tea. Christian: How…? Meier: Beautiful, now take that sip, see, you’re nice and in. Christian: I’m very hungry,
so my first instinct is gonna be just to kind of tear into it, but I know that’s not
what we’re here to do. Meier: So as much fun as
it is to put everything on your plate at once, that’s not the correct etiquette.
Christian: That’s what I’d do. Meier: I know. And you always let your
guests choose first. One thing with any kind of
communal food to remember is that you never take straight off and put it into your mouth. So you should take a bite
that’s not overly large. Like, the whole goal of
afternoon tea is to stay social. You can take up to four
bites before you break again. Christian: So you only
take four bites of food, and then you break. Meier: Exactly.
Christian: OK. Meier: And that’s just
to not eat too fast. Christian: I eat so fast.
Meier: It’s normal, it’s very normal.
Christian: I don’t think I breathe when I eat, normally. [Emily mumbles] Meier: Some modern-day
icons of etiquette, I think, easily the Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince William, I think are constantly,
we see them, you know, very polished and respectful to everybody and everybody that they work with. I think Michelle Obama is a really great example of etiquette. Christian: Now that I
knew how to talk the talk, it was time to learn to walk
the walk, quite literally. Meier: And now, I would
like you to put on heels. Christian: Uh-oh, OK.
Meier: So we’re gonna, don’t be scared, I’ll walk
you through everything. Christian: I’ve never walked
in heels, not a single time. This was truly the final
test of whether or not this class could really
give me a royal makeover. Meier: Go ahead and just
give me your first attempt, straight through and back. Christian: And we’re off. Meier: OK, all right. What I’m gonna do for you, because you’re not
comfortable wearing heels, I’m going to give you something to do with your hands to help you, and it also helps with
balance at first, too. So now I’m just, you can put
that to your side or in front, it can be whatever you want, and if you’re an awkward heel
person, always hold something, because then you’re almost
not, like, teeter-tottering, or you actually have something
to hold your balance. So go ahead and, now,
with your new technique, a little bit larger stride,
nice, rolled-back shoulders, hands, fingers together,
and come on right toward me. Much better. Christian: That felt better. Meier: Night and day. Christian: Maybe I wasn’t going to be a pro at the heels right away, but Myka had given me the confidence that I could become an
etiquette expert with practice. Meier: Now a quiz, pop quiz. OK, queen’s pose. Duchess slant. Cambridge cross. Sussex slant. Beautiful.
Christian: Yay! I’m basically a royal now. It’s not a big deal.
Meier: Practically, right? Christian: While I opted for their most exclusive and intensive class, Beaumont Etiquette offers
many different options, including a group course for $150. By the end of the class I
realized why young people are so eager to learn Myka’s techniques. Something that sounded
outdated to me at first became a skill I could use in my office to be more professional and even with my friends,
just to show respect. Meier: And the whole goal of our courses is that when they leave, they leave more confident
than when they walked in. OK. OK, never lick your fingers,
never lick your fingers.

100 thoughts on “We Tried The Plaza Hotel’s $1,000 Royal Etiquette Class

  1. Lmfffffffffaaaoooo Michael OVOMIT his shoulders are bigger than a fullback on an NFL team that dude "lady" has no etiquette! 😂🤣😂🤣😭😭😭😭

  2. 1:35 I think they have it all wrong. The ‘incorrect’ posture says to me ‘confident, intelligent, a go doer, a leader ‘. The ‘correct’ posture to me says ‘weak, timid, unintelligent, a follower’. Maybe the ‘etiquette course’ should be renamed ‘how men controlled women’.
    Just when all the ladies are thinking what an intelligent progressive chap – truth be known I’ve only watched it because I want to look at their lady bumps!!

  3. It's Good that she's seeming funny and is giving lessons.
    She is Pretty.

    On the other hand, Meghan, Duchess is giving lessons at a minefield.

    It isn't finished by a joke.

  4. When she said "pop quiz", I sat up straight ready to take the test. OMG..but I loved that she made it entertaining. I actually learned a little. Thanks

  5. I really do recommend taking an etiquette class. This could come in handy one day. It isn't about seeming elitist. It sets you apart and setting yourself apart could be the difference between your current job and your next career, a raise, a gift, a sponsorship, etc.

    You are the only you on this planet. You are the host of your own party. Represent the heck out of yourself! 💕💕💕💕💕💕🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

  6. Bunch of unnecessary social rules to allow others to judge you. People got nothing better to do ever since the industrial revolution…

  7. Cutting with your right hand, laying down the knife then taking the fork with your right hand and only then eating the piece you cut used to be the norm many years ago. Because it is lengthy overly ceremonial and absurd method as it was all etiquette of royal courts, it was slowly forgotten…as it is curtsy or wearing hats

  8. It's NOT about "being fancy" or rich, it's about respect, a concept unknown to young people these days. In the old days it was known simply as table manners, poor people may not have had 14 forks, but even they practiced table manners. It's about taking other peoples feelings into consideration, it's not about your " right to be who you are". What a shit thing to say about such trivial things anyway, it used to be said about about civil rights or basis freedom or something like that, now young people abuse it as an excuse to act like asses. You burping is not an essential part of your personality its just lazy. Other people don't like you slurping, burping, elbowing the people sitting at your side, making clinking noises with your spoon etc.

  9. Etiquette is old fashioned? Glad I love high tea and don’t need to take a class to know how to behave and act. This new generation is missing class and poise.

  10. I’m American but I eat like how she shows in the video because it’s more comfortable , people always call me “fancy” when I eat but it’s just what comes natural

  11. I think it’s Very important to have etiquette and for people to embrace your natural self so your natural femininity their natural masculinity and to present themselves in a classy well mannered way I think we have really lost that in todays society

  12. PLEASE HELP ME! where could i buy that gourgeous wall paper seen on tzhe Video? THANK YXOU VERY MUCH!
    I love Etiquette! unfortunately ist hart practicing it in this busy und rush world today …:-(

  13. No, no, no absolutely not. I'll stick to my fellow European, Melania Trump that is the epitome of grace, beauty, etiquette, taste, finesse and femininity. What she says, Continental is the way we Europeans (ok well mannered one's, because there are plenty of sloppy eaters in Europe as well) eat. It's a little different then in the U.S., that's true. You don't need to take a fancy $1000 course to learn a little respect and proper etiquette.

  14. To be honest, I like this. In a world where young people are behaving goofy bunch of times this is a breath of fresh air. It will boost your confidence and people around you will certainly notice. I also think there's no need to splurge a lot when you can learn all of this for free. 🙂

  15. The woman teaching her has ZERO class. She’s too American. You can’t teach elegance and class sadly, you either have it or you don’t. No matter how strictly she follows the rules, she will never understand what etiquette is really all about.

  16. Uhm, I am not by any means fashionable but what's up with the instructor's dress? The red and black ribbon and belt is too garish. The outfit would look a lot better without it.

  17. I’d love to see the etiquette on a date or a 24 hour video with her just to see if she cas like that in real life too …

  18. Why do European women wear short dresses and then learn manners to hide their skin? Atleast in India and Pakistan women wear Sarees and salwaat suits and there is no need to learn these silly manners.

  19. Admit it: when you saw Myka walk in and she was married, you wondered what it would be like dating her. . . . . . Dont lie, you had the same images in your mind that i had . . . . . 😊😊😊

  20. The three most important things in a restaurant:
    1. immediately take your napkin. Why? Because you’re a regular in fine dining restaurants and you know that they’re bring the amuse geule or bread right in the beginning with the Apèritif. Do that& the staff knows you’re a pro.
    2. break your bread, don’t cut it. Then put the butter on the little piece or dip it in olive oil.
    Don’t ever never eat the bread with cutlery, but with your hands. Why?
    It’s a tradition from Jesus last supper. No joke. Remember? The only one on Da Vincis Last Supper painting with a knife is Judas.
    That’s why bread knifes aren’t sharpened.
    3. Dear Americans, yes there’s a reason why wine glasses have a stem. Use it!
    You can always eat with your hands or share plates. But do it with style.
    Follow these rules& you’re fine. Forget about the rest.
    Unless you’re invited into Buckingham Palace.
    Greetings from a Maître d‘ Hotel in a ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ restaurant.

  21. For women etiquette always means making yourself smaller. Legs and arms together, little movement, eat small bites. It might be useful but in everyday life I would much rather eat fries while striding along the street in sneakers 🍟

  22. I'm sorry but 1000$ for this is useless like this are the very basics that everyone need to know.I thought I would learn something new,but I already knew this things

  23. Unfortunately they still have to share a one-thousand-dollar video here on YouTube. Do they have some other places exclusively for themselves?

  24. Hmmm, so now we are making up new etiquette terms? The Cambridge cross and the Sussex slant? The Cambridge cross is simply a modification that every young woman learned back in the day. For example , left leg bent at the knee is kept straight up and down, no slant, right leg is crossed behind the left leg at the ankle, knees kept together. The “front” leg (in this case the left leg, actually it’s usually the left leg ) is always the straight (up and down) leg. Never would the front leg be bent or crossed in front of the back straight leg (I hope that made sense lol). The Sussex slant well, I’m not a fan. You are in essence crossing your legs at the knee, which is a big etiquette fail and it only works (meaning it doesn’t looks horribly awkward) if you have skinny legs. It still shows much too much leg beyond that usually shown in polite society and in my opinion is most used by those who can’t seem to grasp the correct way to cross their legs at the ankle. But, it seems we’ve come to the point in society today of making allowances. I guess the old ways are too elegant and hard to learn for some?

  25. Bruh, now I see my strict parents teach bcoz I literally just act like that, and my dumb ass thinking that it was how everyone acted.

  26. Don't EVER ever Cross Your Legs, Keep them OPEN like Kate & Meghan to make it EASY for Your Prince to Stick it IN all the time and just keep Popping Out Babies that a Whole Nation will Feed & Support of a Luxury Lifestyle until the Day they die.

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