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 La Grecque, Aireys Inlet VIC
  2. Africola SA
  3. Akachochin VIC
  4. Anada VIC
  5. Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton VIC
  6. Assaggio SA
  7. Balla NSW
  8. Bentley Restaurant & Bar NSW
  9. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  10. Bistro Thierry VIC
  11. Black Cow Bistro, Launceston TAS
  12. Black Hide Steakhouse QLD
  13. Bomba VIC
  14. Brae, Birregurra VIC
  15. Bread and Bone Wood Grill SA
  16. Buon Ricordo NSW
  17. Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay NSW
  18. Cafe Paci NSW
  19. Catalina NSW
  20. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  21. Caveau, Wollongong NSW
  22. Chat Thai NSW
  23. Chianti SA
  24. Cinco bistro QLD
  25. Cinnamon Club SA
  26. Co-Op Dining WA
  27. Coppa Spuntino QLD
  28. Darley’s, Katoomba NSW
  29. Donovans VIC
  30. Du Fermier, Trentham VIC
  31. Duende WA
  32. Ecco QLD
  33. Eleonore’s, Yering VIC
  34. Epocha VIC
  35. Ezard VIC
  36. Fish Face NSW
  37. Flower Drum VIC
  38. Flying Fish NSW
  39. Frank Restaurant and Bar TAS
  40. Franklin TAS
  41. Georges on Waymouth SA
  42. Glass Brasserie NSW
  43. Golden Century NSW
  44. GOMA Restaurant QLD
  45. Gowings Bar & Grill NSW
  46. Harvest Cafe, Newrybar NSW
  47. Kenji Modern Japanese SA
  48. Kepos St Kitchen NSW
  49. Kitchen by Mike NSW
  50. Komeyui VIC
  51. La Bonta, Kyneton VIC
  52. Lalla Rookh WA
  53. Lanterne Rooms ACT
  54. Lilotang ACT
  55. Lilotang QLD
  56. Longrain VIC
  57. Lox Stock & Barrel NSW
  58. Manfredi at Bells, Killcare Heights NSW
  59. Minamishima VIC
  60. Montrachet QLD
  61. Must winebar WA
  62. Nobu VIC
  63. Nobu Perth WA
  64. Nu Nu, Palm Grove QLD
  65. Nunam WA
  66. Osteria di Russo & Russo NSW
  67. Ottoman Cuisine ACT
  68. Pearls on the Beach, Pearl Beach NSW
  69. Peel St SA
  70. Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee NSW
  71. Port Phillip Estate VIC
  72. Prix Fixe VIC
  73. Public Inn, Castlemaine VIC
  74. Pulp Kitchen ACT
  75. Pure South VIC
  76. Red Lantern on Riley NSW
  77. Reserve, Maleny QLD
  78. Rockpool Bar & Grill VIC
  79. Rockpool Bar & Grill NSW
  80. Rocksalt, Broadbeach QLD
  81. Rosa’s Kitchen VIC
  82. Sage ACT
  83. Sayers Sister WA
  84. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  85. Smoque ACT
  86. Street ADL SA
  87. Stunned Mullet, Port Macquarie NSW
  88. Supermaxi VIC
  89. The Apollo NSW
  90. The Bridge Room NSW
  91. The Devonshire NSW
  92. The Foraging Quail QLD
  93. The Town Mouse VIC
  94. Town, Bangalow NSW
  95. Valentino VIC
  96. Vini NSW
  97. Windy Point SA
  98. Woodland House VIC
  99. Yoshii NSW
  100. Yots Greek Taverna NT

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 Shonen Knife tried to back 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:


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:

Naked for Jesus

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