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. A Tavola NSW
  2. A.Baker ACT
  3. Abla’s VIC
  4. Ace Pizza WA
  5. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  6. Aria, Brisbane QLD
  7. Bar Lourinha VIC
  8. Bentley Restaurant & Bar NSW
  9. Bistro at Banks, Marcus Hill VIC
  10. Black Bird QLD
  11. Black Cow Bistro, Launceston TAS
  12. Bomba VIC
  13. Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater SA
  14. Capitol Bar & Grill ACT
  15. Catbird Seat QLD
  16. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  17. Centonove VIC
  18. Chiswick NSW
  19. Circa 1876, Pokolbin NSW
  20. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  21. Cumulus Inc VIC
  22. Da Mario NSW
  23. Danjee NSW
  24. Darley’s, Katoomba NSW
  25. Donovans VIC
  26. Ecco QLD
  27. Esca Bimbadgen, Pokolbin NSW
  28. Ethos Eat Drink TAS
  29. Felix NSW
  30. Fins, South Kingscliff NSW
  31. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  32. Flooded Gums, Bonville NSW
  33. Flower Drum VIC
  34. Flying Fish NSW
  35. Frank Restaurant and Bar TAS
  36. Fratelli Paradiso NSW
  37. Fuku WA
  38. Garagistes TAS
  39. Golden Century NSW
  40. Gordita QLD
  41. Gowings Bar & Grill NSW
  42. Grossi Florentino VIC
  43. Hare & Grace VIC
  44. Hellenika, Nobby Beach QLD
  45. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield SA
  46. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  47. Izakaya Fujiyama NSW
  48. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  49. Josh’s Cafe, Berrima NSW
  50. Kepos St Kitchen NSW
  51. Lau’s Family Kitchen VIC
  52. Lilotang QLD
  53. Lucio’s NSW
  54. Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar VIC
  55. Malt Dining QLD
  56. Mister Jennings VIC
  57. Moon Under Water VIC
  58. Morks ACT
  59. Movida NSW
  60. Muse, Pokolbin NSW
  61. Neram Harvest, Armidale NSW
  62. Novaro’s,Launceston TAS
  63. Nunam WA
  64. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Winery, Granton TAS
  65. Pata Negra WA
  66. Pee Wee’s at the Point NT
  67. Peel St SA
  68. Piqueos VIC
  69. Pleased to Meet You WA
  70. Port Phillip Estate VIC
  71. Porteno NSW
  72. Quay NSW
  73. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  74. Sailors Thai NSW
  75. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  76. Sarti VIC
  77. Seoul Food NT
  78. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  79. Skillogolee, Sevenhill SA
  80. Social Eating House, Broadbeach QLD
  81. Subo, Newcastle NSW
  82. The Apollo NSW
  83. The Artisan ACT
  84. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  85. The Commoner VIC
  86. The Daniel O’Connell SA
  87. The Foraging Quail QLD
  88. The Gala Restaurant WA
  89. The Independent, Gembrook VIC
  90. The Point VIC
  91. The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale SA
  92. The Source TAS
  93. The Trustee Bar & Bistro WA
  94. Urbane QLD
  95. Valentino VIC
  96. Vue de Monde VIC
  97. Wills Domain, Yallingup WA
  98. Windy Point SA
  99. Yering Station Wine Bar, Yarra Glen VIC
  100. Yu-u VIC

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:

How Avicii cooked pancakes for Breaking Bad

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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:


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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:

Señor Tulk

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