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  • Hello. This is 6 Minute English from

  • BBC Learning English. I'm Neil.

  • And I'm Georgina. I'm going to order

  • some takeaway food, Neil,

  • do you want anything?

  • Maybe a pizza? Fish and chips?

  • Indian curry?

  • Hmmm, takeaway food to eat at home -

  • that's a great idea. Yes,

  • I'll have a poke bowl,

  • please.

  • What's that? It doesn't sound like

  • typical takeaway food.

  • It is nowadays, Georgina! Over

  • the last few years the explosion

  • of food delivery apps

  • like Deliveroo and Just Eat has seen

  • a revolution in takeaway food.

  • Today it's not just pizza

  • and curries being delivered to people's

  • front door - there's a wide range

  • of food dishes

  • and styles from around the world.

  • And with cafes and pubs closed during

  • lockdown, more and more

  • food chains and restaurants

  • are switching to delivery-only services -

  • takeaways - to bring meals

  • to people who are isolating.

  • Over the last few weeks many takeaway

  • companies have seen orders

  • increase dramatically as

  • people find themselves stuck at home

  • due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • But what are they

  • choosing to eat? That's my quiz question

  • for today, Georgina - last year

  • what was Deliveroo's

  • most ordered dish? Was it:

  • a) Hawaiian Poke bowls?

  • b) Cheeseburgers?

  • or, c) Chicken burritos?

  • I would have thought it was 'fish and

  • chips', but I'll go with b) Cheeseburgers.

  • OK, we'll find out later if you were right.

  • One consequence of

  • the increasing popularity

  • of takeaways is something called

  • 'dark kitchens'. Unlike apps such

  • as Deliveroo and Just Eat

  • which connect customers to local

  • takeaways, these digital 'dark kitchens'

  • work as just-for-delivery

  • restaurants. Inside, chefs cook in

  • kitchens without waiters, tables or

  • diners, preparing

  • high-quality dishes ready for delivery

  • straight to your home.

  • One of the first 'dark kitchen' operations,

  • Taster, was started by chef Anton Soulier

  • who in 2013 was working for Deliveroo

  • when it was just a tiny company

  • operating only

  • in London. Now he's in charge of twelve

  • kitchens catering for

  • customers in London, Paris and

  • Madrid.

  • Sheila Dillon of BBC Radio 4's The Food

  • Programme went to the

  • Bethnal Green area of east London

  • find out more.

  • When you go on the Taster website the

  • restaurant names are virtual,

  • all of them sold as 'designed

  • for delivery' by Taster. What that means is

  • all the menus, drawn up by

  • serious chefs are

  • designed to travel well, chosen so they'll

  • be warm, retain their texture

  • and won't look

  • like a dog's dinner when they come off

  • the back of a bike. So strangely

  • the delivery,

  • the bike, has become

  • a shaper of the foods we eat.

  • All the restaurants on Taster are virtual

  • - existing online and

  • created by computers

  • to appear like the real thing.

  • Chefs cook the dishes using recipes

  • and ingredients designed to

  • travel well - be transported a

  • long way without being damaged or their

  • quality being spoiled.

  • That's to avoid the takeaway food ending

  • up like a dog's dinner - an informal

  • way to say

  • something that looks messy or

  • has been very badly done.

  • Usually the takeaways are transported

  • in a box on the back of a

  • delivery cyclist who

  • rushes them from the kitchen to the

  • customer's home. It's a very

  • modern way of eating, which

  • Sheila thinks has become a shaper of the

  • foods we eat - meaning that

  • it has a strong influence

  • on how a situation develops.

  • However some are worried that the

  • increase in takeaways and

  • delivery-only food means

  • people are losing basic cooking skills.

  • It's something that Taster boss

  • Anton has noted too.

  • There is a strong underlying trend that

  • maybe, in twenty, thirty years people

  • won't have

  • kitchens - and it's already happening in

  • the US for example. I love cooking,

  • it's one of

  • my passions but I'm rarely doing it -

  • occasionally on Sundays and everything as

  • it's almost going to become a

  • weekend hobby.

  • People choosing to eat takeaways

  • instead of cooking at home

  • has become an underlying trend

  • - a general development in how people

  • behave which is real but

  • not immediately obvious.

  • And in the future, cooking at home may

  • even switch from being a

  • daily necessity to a hobby

  • - an activity someone does in

  • their spare time for pleasure or relaxation.

  • I do enjoy tucking into a takeaway

  • sometimes but personally

  • I couldn't survive without

  • my kitchen, Neil.

  • Ah, but could you survive without

  • Deliveroo? Remember in

  • today's quiz question I asked

  • you what Deliveroo's most ordered dish was.

  • I said b) Cheeseburgers.

  • But the correct answer was

  • a) Hawaiian Poke bowls - a Hawaiian

  • version of sushi.

  • Now that's something

  • I couldn't cook at home!

  • Today we've been discussing the

  • revolution in takeaways

  • and home-delivered food which

  • in recent years has become an underlying

  • trend - a general development

  • in how people behave,

  • or in this case, eat.

  • Another trend has been the creation of

  • virtual restaurants - online restaurants

  • which look

  • like the real thing but exist

  • only on the internet.

  • Chefs create dishes using ingredients

  • which travel well - can be

  • transported a long way

  • without being damaged or spoiled.

  • That's so the customer doesn't

  • end up with a dog's dinner

  • - an informal expression meaning

  • something messy or badly done.

  • Recent developments like high-quality

  • restaurant meals being delivered

  • by bike are shapers

  • of modern eating - things that have

  • a strong influence on how

  • a situation develops.

  • All of which means that cooking may

  • soon become just a hobby - an

  • activity someone does in

  • their spare time for pleasure or relaxation,

  • for example cycling...

  • ...or learning English.

  • That's all we have time for today.

  • Happy cooking and goodbye for now!

  • Bye!

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