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Celeb Chef Matt Moran Shows Us How Hot Cars Really Are “Like An Oven”

Posted on: December 14, 2015 by Platinum Direct

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We’ve all seen the PSAs telling us that ‘dogs die in hot cars’, saying that even on a cooler summer’s day, sealed cars become “like an oven”.

TV Chef Matt Moran has proved just how true this statement can be, and how hot cars can be just as dangerous to kids as they can our canine companions.

Watch Matt Moran’s video, “The Unconventional Oven” below:

In the video, Matt Moran invited local journalists and onlookers to watch him prepare a beautiful loin of lamb with pine nuts and harissa in his new “unconventional oven”, only to reveal his “oven” was actually a car parked nearby.

A dashboard thermometer inside the car revealed the car was already a stuffy 35°C when the lamb was placed inside – a good 5°C hotter than Bondi beach was that day. Within minutes, fat starts to ooze out the joint as the meat begins to sizzle.

Within an hour and a half, the lamb has completely browned as the temperature inside the car has risen to an astonishingly sweltering 72.5°C – hot enough to be dangerous to the touch and to sear flesh.

This sudden rise in temperature can happen much quicker than you think. 75% of the temperature rise sets in the first five minutes of parking the car, and within 15 minutes the car has risen to 90% of its eventual temperature.


While the lamb roasted away, the unaware onlookers watched Moran prepare a plate of harissa and pine nut dressing just in time for the lamb to finish. Moran announced he’s going to fetch the lamb from the oven, but there’s bemused faces and confused laughter all round as he walks over to the car.

After removing the tray, he slices into the meat and says “To me, that is overcooked” – after just an hour and a half of sitting in a car on Bondi beach.

Moran continues:

“The real reason I’ve got you here today has got nothing to do with me launching my oven… It’s all to do with over 5000 kids being left in cars every year.”

What Moran has done here is a visceral and emotional warning to those who still underestimate the dangers of leaving anyone, especially children and pets, alone locked in a hot car. By taking the phrase “like an oven” to its literal conclusion he has proved that the statement is no exaggeration.

In February of this year alone, emergency services responded to over 200 calls to cases of dehydration or heatstroke due to being left in a hot car. In 2014 overall, paramedics responded to 1165 cases of children left unattended in hot cars, many of them were under 4 years old.

A spokeswoman for the charity Kidsafe, who produced the video in collaboration with Matt Moran, said that temperatures inside of cars can easily reach 30°C above the level outside. While some people recommend leaving the window slightly open to help air circulate, this may not always be enough to keep the temperature at a safe level.

The spokeswoman went on to add, ‘Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from life-threatening heatstroke’. The video ends with the plea, “Keep your kids safe this summer. Keep them with you.”

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children safe this summer.

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