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DO you ever order something from Deliveroo and get frustrated when it arrives on the cold side?

A chef has put classic takeaway orders to the test, to reveal which stays hotter for longer when you order from the popular app.

Channel 5’s Deliveroo: How Do They Do It?, airing on Sunday, lifts the lid on the delivery serviceCredit: Alamy
Chef Ben Cooper did a temperature test on food to see which dropped the most in temperature after 10 minutes on a bikeCredit: Channel 5

On Channel 5’s Deliveroo: How Do They Do It?, which is airing on Sunday, Ben Cooper, a chef who prepares food for delivery, revealed what you SHOULD be ordering.

He said: “A chef wants to get everything bang on, so when it does arrive in their front room it’s almost as perfect as it is going in the restaurant.

“Certain foods lend themselves really well to that and they will stay hot for the transit, and the other ones will just not turn out as well.”

So what takeaway is the best?

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Ben took the temperature of the cooked burgers, fries, pizza, fried chicken and a curry when it was prepared, and then packed it up.

It was then put on the back of a delivery bike for a typical 10 minutes of delivery time to see which dropped the most temperature.

First up was the burger, which was 10C less after the delivery transit.

Ben said: “Burgers are tricky, there are so many layers to them, the patty, the cheese, the bacon, the tomato, the lettuce, the sauce, the toasted bun, all can go wrong.”

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Fries were next and they didn’t do well at all - dropping a staggering 24C.

Ben added: “The skinny ones tend to cool down because of surface area, so chefs and restaurants are probably going to make dirty fries with chunkier chips so they stay warmer for longer.

“The cheese can act like a blanket keeping everything together and warm so when everything arrives it’s hot, it’s delicious.”

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But even with a blanket, cheese dropped 18C.

And it was the worst news for pizza, which had the greatest drop of 27C.

Ben said: “I think the base is key, a thin, crispy sourdough which is all trendy now, may lose more heat.”

However, fried chicken lovers are in luck, as this dish fared the best in the test and only dropped 9C.

Ben said: “It’s got that crispy buttery jacket keeping the chicken warm for delivery.”

The popular Indian curry was also tested, and lost 20C.


  • Burger - 10C less
  • Chips - 24C less
  • Pizza - 27C less
  • Fried chicken - 9C less
  • Indian curry - 20C less

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The chef said you should look for food covered in a “blanket” or cheese and sauce if you want a hot dish. 

He concluded: “Hands down if it’s covered in sauce I think that’s the way to go for a takeaway.”

Deliveroo: How Do They Really Do It?  airs on Channel 5 on Sunday at 8pm

Ben, a chef who prepares food for delivery, revealed what you SHOULD be orderingCredit: Channel 5
Ben found pizzas had the greatest drop of 27CCredit: Getty
Fries also didn't do well in the temperature test and fell by 24C
Fried chicken did the best in the temperature test and only fell by 9CCredit: Getty