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I could only think of "started on the food," though I'm not very sure about it (I think I have to add got to it?).

Other suggestions? (this is for a short story I'm writing).

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"commenced systematic routine of dietary nourishment"? As in: "Have you commenced systematic routine of dietary nourishment yet?" "Yes, I finished my systematic routine of dietary nourishment before I left the house" –  James Webster Sep 6 '13 at 13:09
    
If you could tell us how you're trying to use it, we could offer better suggestions on what phrase would be best. –  Zibbobz Sep 6 '13 at 13:13
    
@Zibbobz OK, done. –  janoChen Sep 6 '13 at 13:19
    
There's a million ways: The meal began with a scrumptious salad enjoyed by all –  dcaswell Sep 6 '13 at 13:21
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tucked in could work, informally, but is rather British - possibly also Australian.

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is ..started ont he food OK, also? –  janoChen Sep 6 '13 at 13:08
    
started on the food works, (no need for got). –  Chris H Sep 6 '13 at 13:11
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And rather British, say what? –  bib Sep 6 '13 at 13:42
    
@bib absolutely, old chap - I'll edit, in fact. –  Chris H Sep 6 '13 at 13:44
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You could say chowed down or dug in, both also informal.

If it is an imperative, saying Eat up also suggests starting.

As noted in a comment, these are US usages.

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Both of these are rather American sounding, by the way. –  Chris H Sep 6 '13 at 13:22
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"Dig in" is a common US slang for "begin to eat", though it is just as informal as the UK term that means the same thing - "tuck in".

"Start on the food" would be okay, though it sounds a bit awkward.

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