Cooking Show Name Generator

Over the last month, some desperate TV exec has been googling for “Cooking Show Name Generator” and landing on my site, only to be disappointed by my most popular post, The Billy Bragg Safeword Generator. Just in case you’re not in need of a safe word, generate yourself a new cooking reality show by pressing the button.


Australia’s top 100 restaurants

With the Australian Financial Review‘s announcement of Australia’s fifth top 100 list of restaurants after the one below, Gourmet Traveller’s, Yelp’s and Dimmi’s, I started to get that feeling of deja vu about the usual suspects who will populate the list. Now that readers don’t care what a printed newspaper says about restaurants and just want a listicle of places that they can search for on Urbanspoon or Yelp, who better to build that listicle than the votes of Australia’s chefs who don’t need to be paid for collating the list? So asks the AFR. My answer: a random number generator.

Press reload to try and make a better list. Try once per annum to generate an annual award show and give them a series of imaginary hats.

  1. 10 William St NSW
  2. 121BC NSW
  3. 1889 Enoteca QLD
  4. Anada VIC
  5. Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar SA
  6. Balla NSW
  7. Belle’s Hot Chicken VIC
  8. Berowra Waters Inn NSW
  9. Bib&Tucker WA
  10. Bistro Guillaume WA
  11. Bistro Vue VIC
  12. Bistrode CBD NSW
  13. Bodega NSW
  14. Bomba VIC
  15. Brooks VIC
  16. Buon Ricordo NSW
  17. Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay NSW
  18. Cafe Sopra NSW
  19. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  20. Celsius Restaurant & Bar SA
  21. Char NT
  22. Circa 1876, Pokolbin NSW
  23. Co-Op Dining WA
  24. Coast, Hervey Bay QLD
  25. Cupitt’s Kitchen Ulladulla NSW
  26. Cutler & Co VIC
  27. Da Mario NSW
  28. Da Noi VIC
  29. Da Orazio NSW
  30. Danjee NSW
  31. Esquire QLD
  32. Ester NSW
  33. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  34. Flying Fish NSW
  35. Four in Hand NSW
  36. Franklin TAS
  37. Frogmore Creek Restaurant, Cambridge TAS
  38. Garagistes TAS
  39. Gordita QLD
  40. Guillaume NSW
  41. Hanuman NT
  42. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  43. Jellyfish QLD
  44. Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant SA
  45. Kappo VIC
  46. Kenji Modern Japanese SA
  47. Kent St Kitchen NSW
  48. Lion Hotel SA
  49. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  50. Maha VIC
  51. Market Street Cafe, Mudgee NSW
  52. Me Wah TAS
  53. Mezzalira ACT
  54. Moda QLD
  55. Montalto, Red Hill South VIC
  56. Moon Park NSW
  57. Morks ACT
  58. Movida VIC
  59. Must winebar WA
  60. No 4 Blake Street WA
  61. Nobu Perth WA
  62. Nomad NSW
  63. Northern Git VIC
  64. Nu Nu, Palm Grove QLD
  65. One Penny Red NSW
  66. Ormeggio at the Spit NSW
  67. Oscillate Wildly NSW
  68. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Winery, Granton TAS
  69. Osteria Balla NSW
  70. Ottoman Cuisine ACT
  71. Papi Chulo NSW
  72. Patricia’s Table, Milawa VIC
  73. Pee Wee’s at the Point NT
  74. Petite Mort WA
  75. Pilu at Freshwater NSW
  76. Pipers of Penola, Penola SA
  77. Punch Lane VIC
  78. Red Cabbage Food & Wine WA
  79. Restaurant Como, Blaxland NSW
  80. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  81. Rosetta VIC
  82. Sails, Noosa Heads QLD
  83. Sake NSW
  84. Seaduction, Surfers Paradise QLD
  85. Sean’s Kitchen SA
  86. South on Albany, Berry NSW
  87. Spice Temple NSW
  88. St Michael WA
  89. Street ADL SA
  90. Subo, Newcastle NSW
  91. Supermaxi VIC
  92. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  93. The Commoner VIC
  94. The Independent, Gembrook VIC
  95. The Pot Food & Wine SA
  96. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  97. The Town Mouse VIC
  98. The Vasse Felix Restaurant, Cowaramup WA
  99. Town, Bangalow NSW
  100. Wills Domain, Yallingup WA

Vice is Hip Generator

You know that moment when you begin to suspect that a Twitter parody account is run by an algorithm? Maybe the Vice-like Twitter account @vice_is_hip is a bot, but just in case that it wasn’t, I built a bot to replace it. I present to you @vice_is_bot, generating an article for Vice every hour, on the hour.

Want to pitch something to Vice for yourself? You should write:

Why Billy Bragg loves Eames furniture

Press reload for increasingly realistic ideas.

New Pastry Generator

With the advent of the cronut, humanity has entered a new golden age of pastry. Freed from the shackles of tradition, patissiers can now start a craze by pouring any number of unrelated recipes straight into the deep fryer. Uninspired? Let the random pastry generator do the work of original human thought.

You should go cook:

kroflan au chocolat

Press reload for more new pastry ideas.

Food Idea Generator

Are you a chef who has hit a creative wall? A home cook who has prepared everything that a Nathan Myhrvold-led team can throw at you?

Now that Ferran Adria is out of business, surely a machine can take his place as an inspiration for cooks too lazy to go foraging or grow their own food. I present to you my food idea generator.

It has currently made around 3,000 random modernist cuisine recipes for you to try. A handful look truly delicious but most are nauseating..

Try it for yourself here.

Melbourne Restaurant Name Generator: Mexican Edition

Since the City of Melbourne passed an edict that no new restaurant can get a liquor licence in Melbourne unless it serves a fish taco, my Melbourne restaurant name generator has become redundant. I’ve been meaning to write some reviews, but most of the new joints do a pretty good job of satirising themselves. So inspired by this tweet from Beechworth chef Michael Ryan, here’s a Mexican edition of the restaurant name generator. Name that new restaurant:

Efecto de la moda

Press reload for more authentic Mexican suggestions. Also, inspired by my original generator, Willamette Week in Portland has made a local version.