In this article an Orthodox woman describes how her rav permitted her to enroll in culinary school. Although he apparently did not permit cooking meat and milk together, is there any angle to permit this professionally in a non-kosher restaurant?

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  • I met Alison Barnett once, and she said that the rav who gave her p'sak is Rabbi Howie Zack. Here is a link on the shul's webpage with information about him - toratemet.org/2012/?page_id=175 Commented May 1, 2012 at 18:07

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Per this article at ohr.edu there are 2 possibilities where one may cook meat with milk.

One solution (which should only be done with the parents' permission) is that your daughter put the pot on the stove and supervise while one of the children lights the fire; or that she first light the fire and supervise while the child places the pot.

By the way, the prohibition of cooking milk and meat applies to meat from kosher-type animals only. So, for example, if the pizza has ham on it, your daughter may heat it in a clean microwave on a paper plate. Bon Appetite!


A Jew may not cook Basar BeḤalav of a Behemah Tehorah, even a Nevelah. This means that a cow, goat, sheep, or the like, may not be cooked with milk, even if the animal died of natural causes or was slaughtered in a method that was not in accordance with Halachah. On the other hand, cooking a Ḥayah Tehorah, such as venison, is permissible and is not banned even MiDeRabanan. The same is true for a Behemah Temeiah.

HOWEVER, the RaM"A holds that there is even a Marith 'Ayin issue of cooking a Ḥayah Tehorah or Temeiah or Behemah Temeiah with milk of a Tehorah, and it is therefore forbidden. The Sha"Ch disagrees (the Ta"Z wants to disagree but defers to the RaM"A).

Source: Y"D 87:3 (and see this answer for more information).

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