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. 85 Miskin St QLD
  2. A Tavola NSW
  3. A.Baker ACT
  4. Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton VIC
  5. Aravina Estate, Yallingup WA
  6. Bentley Restaurant & Bar NSW
  7. Billy Kwong NSW
  8. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  9. Bistro Dom SA
  10. BLACK by Ezard NSW
  11. Cape Lodge, Yallingup WA
  12. Casa Ciuccio VIC
  13. Caveau, Wollongong NSW
  14. Cecconi’s VIC
  15. Chat Thai NSW
  16. China Doll NSW
  17. China Lane NSW
  18. Chris’s Beacon Point, Apollo Bay VIC
  19. Clareville Kiosk NSW
  20. Co-Op Dining WA
  21. Courgette ACT
  22. Cutler & Co VIC
  23. Dainty Sichuan VIC
  24. Easy Tiger VIC
  25. Ecco QLD
  26. Elyros VIC
  27. Esca Bimbadgen, Pokolbin NSW
  28. Fins, South Kingscliff NSW
  29. Flower Drum VIC
  30. Franklin TAS
  31. Gastro Park NSW
  32. Grazing NSW
  33. Habitue WA
  34. Hare & Grace VIC
  35. Hellenic Republic VIC
  36. Il Bacaro VIC
  37. Izakaya Den VIC
  38. Komeyui VIC
  39. La Bonta, Kyneton VIC
  40. Lee Ho Fook VIC
  41. Les Bistronomes ACT
  42. Longrain VIC
  43. Lotus Eaters, Cygnet TAS
  44. Lox Stock & Barrel NSW
  45. Lucio’s NSW
  46. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  47. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  48. Mamasita VIC
  49. Margan, Broke NSW
  50. Mister Jennings VIC
  51. Montalto, Red Hill South VIC
  52. Montrachet QLD
  53. Nobu VIC
  54. Nobu Perth WA
  55. Northern Git VIC
  56. Northern Light VIC
  57. O My, Beaconsfield VIC
  58. Paringa Estate, Red Hill South VIC
  59. Pearls on the Beach, Pearl Beach NSW
  60. Pei Modern NSW
  61. Pleased to Meet You WA
  62. Pope Joan VIC
  63. Prego WA
  64. Prive 249 QLD
  65. Prix Fixe VIC
  66. Red Cabbage Food & Wine WA
  67. Red Lantern on Riley NSW
  68. Reserve, Maleny QLD
  69. Restaurant Orana SA
  70. Rockpool NSW
  71. Rockpool Bar & Grill NSW
  72. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  73. Sagra NSW
  74. Seaduction, Surfers Paradise QLD
  75. Sean’s Kitchen SA
  76. Sepia NSW
  77. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  78. Shira Nui VIC
  79. Silks WA
  80. Silo Bakery and Cafe ACT
  81. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  82. Smolt TAS
  83. Sokyo NSW
  84. Spice Temple VIC
  85. Stokehouse City VIC
  86. Supermaxi VIC
  87. Ten Minutes By Tractor, Main Ridge VIC
  88. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  89. The Apollo NSW
  90. The Foraging Quail QLD
  91. The Terrace Restaurant, Wahgunyah VIC
  92. Three Japanese TAS
  93. Tomah Gardens, Bilpin NSW
  94. Tonka VIC
  95. Town, Bangalow NSW
  96. Tulip, Geelong VIC
  97. Union Dining VIC
  98. Valentino VIC
  99. Voyager Estate Winery Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  100. Wharf Restaurant & Bar, Nowra NSW

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 Nas tried to follow pants

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:

Handsome Steve’s Casa of Refreshment

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