We Brits love a takeaway and eat 22 million of them every week, but how many of us know the conditions our food is cooked in? From chicken shops to tandooris and pizzerias to chippies, many of our takeaways are hiding a dirty secret. Over a thousand restaurants have a rock bottom hygiene rating of zero and five million of us get serious food poisoning every year, but it seems most of us are too busy to check the hygiene ratings before we order. Chef April Jackson and food hygiene hardman Gareth Jones are on a mission to clean up Britain’s takeaways and improve their food and their hygiene scores. Gareth joins council food inspectors behind the kitchen doors and discovers filth, dangerous levels of bacteria and evidence of rodent infestations. And Gareth and April tackle a chippy in Harrow, west London, in desperate need of a makeover, as they help to transform it into a pristine 5-star hygiene rating.
Dirty Secrets of Britain’s Takeaways – Monday 7.30pm on Channel 4