It's that time of the year when for one month, chef Alfe-Rauz Khan can't taste the food he cooks and smells.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan doesn't prohibit followers of Islam from working, but eating and drinking are among some of the otherwise daily routine that's strictly a no-go zone.

This is his first Ramadan in Whangārei for the the 31-year-old, originally from Fiji, who moved north from New Plymouth about an year ago.

Arguably the only Muslim chef in Northland, he works at the Riverside Cafe in the Town Basin and works in an array of food production,