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. ┬┐Procedencia? VIC
  2. 10 William St NSW
  3. 4Fourteen NSW
  4. Ace Pizza WA
  6. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  7. Aria, Brisbane QLD
  8. Belle’s Hot Chicken VIC
  9. Berowra Waters Inn NSW
  10. Bib&Tucker WA
  11. Bistro Gitan VIC
  12. Bistro Guillaume WA
  13. Cafe Di Stasio VIC
  14. Cafe Paci NSW
  15. Capitol Bar & Grill ACT
  16. Carrington Place, Carrington NSW
  17. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  18. Chin Chin VIC
  19. China Doll NSW
  20. Cho Cho San NSW
  21. Cinco bistro QLD
  22. Circa VIC
  23. Circa 1876, Pokolbin NSW
  24. Cookie VIC
  25. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  26. Cupitt’s Kitchen Ulladulla NSW
  27. Cutler & Co VIC
  28. David’s VIC
  29. Du Fermier, Trentham VIC
  30. Eleonore’s, Yering VIC
  31. Esca Bimbadgen, Pokolbin NSW
  32. Estelle VIC
  33. Ezard VIC
  34. Fino, Willunga SA
  35. Fins, South Kingscliff NSW
  36. Franklin TAS
  37. Frogmore Creek Restaurant, Cambridge TAS
  38. Gerard’s Bistro QLD
  39. Healesville Hotel, Healesville VIC
  40. Il Centro QLD
  41. Innocent Bystander, Healesville VIC
  42. Kappo VIC
  43. Kent St Kitchen NSW
  44. Kitchen by Mike NSW
  45. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  46. La Bonta, Kyneton VIC
  47. Lark Hill Winery Restaurant ACT
  48. Lee Ho Fook VIC
  49. Leeuwin Estate Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  50. Lion Hotel SA
  51. Longrain NSW
  52. Low Key Chow House WA
  53. LP’s Quality Meats NSW
  54. Malt Dining QLD
  55. Me Wah TAS
  56. Mocan & Green Grout ACT
  57. Momofuku Seiobo NSW
  58. Monopole NSW
  59. Moon Under Water VIC
  60. Movida VIC
  61. Mr Wong NSW
  62. Muse, Pokolbin NSW
  63. Must winebar WA
  64. Noir VIC
  65. Nomad NSW
  66. Novaro’s,Launceston TAS
  67. Paringa Estate, Red Hill South VIC
  68. Pendolino NSW
  69. Pilu at Freshwater NSW
  70. Pope Joan VIC
  71. Port Phillip Estate VIC
  72. Pulp Kitchen ACT
  73. Racine, Orange NSW
  74. Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Noosa Heads QLD
  75. Rockpool NSW
  76. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  77. Rosa’s Kitchen VIC
  78. Sailors Thai NSW
  79. Sake NSW
  80. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  81. Seaduction, Surfers Paradise QLD
  82. Sean’s Kitchen SA
  83. Smoque ACT
  84. Spice Temple VIC
  85. Spice Temple NSW
  86. Temporada ACT
  87. The Atlantic VIC
  88. The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay NSW
  89. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  90. The Devonshire NSW
  91. The Elbow Room, McClaren Vale SA
  92. The European VIC
  93. The Gala Restaurant WA
  94. The Point VIC
  95. The Studio Bistro, Yallingup WA
  96. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  97. Valentino VIC
  98. Varnish on King WA
  99. Yellow NSW
  100. Yoshii 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:

Why Soundgarden loves this Miley Cyrus gif

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:

El Barrios Blanco

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