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How Muslim Chefs Handle Fasting During RamadanGrowing up in a Muslim community, I knew many people who would fast during Ramadan, a month-long religious observance where participants abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. My family wasn’t particularly religious, so I only fasted on occasion, but I admire people who fast—especially when they work in a strenuous, food-centric environment like a professional kitchen. There’s no doubt that working with food while fasting can be a challenge, especially since it’s customary for cooks to continuously taste dishes to maintain quality standards. Aside from the nature of the job, it’s hard to be on your feet for half the day on an empty stomach. I asked a few Muslim chefs and restaurant owners in Texas about how they operate their businesses during…

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