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. Ajo NSW
  3. Aki’s NSW
  4. Anada VIC
  5. Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar SA
  6. Apple Daily Bar and Eating House WA
  7. Ashcrofts, Blackheath NSW
  8. Bar Lourinha VIC
  9. Berardo’s, Noosa QLD
  10. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  11. Bistro Felix WA
  12. Bistro Thierry VIC
  13. Black Bird QLD
  14. Black Cow Bistro, Launceston TAS
  15. Bomba VIC
  16. Brooks VIC
  17. Bucci QLD
  18. Cantina 663 WA
  19. Cape Lodge, Yallingup WA
  20. Catbird Seat QLD
  21. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  22. Cecconi’s VIC
  23. Celsius Restaurant & Bar SA
  24. Centonove VIC
  25. Chill on Tedder, Main Beach QLD
  26. China Doll NSW
  27. Chris’s Beacon Point, Apollo Bay VIC
  28. Cinnamon Club SA
  29. Circa VIC
  30. Danjee NSW
  31. Duende WA
  32. Ecco QLD
  33. El Publico WA
  34. Esquire QLD
  35. Estelle VIC
  36. Ethos Eat Drink TAS
  37. Ezard VIC
  38. Flower Drum VIC
  39. Four in Hand NSW
  40. Frank Restaurant and Bar TAS
  41. Franklin TAS
  42. Fuku WA
  43. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  44. Gazi VIC
  45. Georges on Waymouth SA
  46. Gladioli, Inverleigh VIC
  47. Golden Boy SA
  48. Golden Century NSW
  49. Hare & Grace VIC
  50. Hartsyard NSW
  51. Harvest Cafe, Newrybar NSW
  52. Huxtable VIC
  53. Josh’s Cafe, Berrima NSW
  54. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  55. Komeyui VIC
  56. Lau’s Family Kitchen VIC
  57. Lee Ho Fook VIC
  58. Longrain VIC
  59. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  60. Malamay ACT
  61. Market Street Cafe, Mudgee NSW
  62. Merricote VIC
  63. Mocan & Green Grout ACT
  64. Monster Kitchen & Bar ACT
  65. Montalto, Red Hill South VIC
  66. Montrachet QLD
  67. Movida NSW
  68. Mr Wong NSW
  69. Mud Bar & Restaurant, Launceston TAS
  70. No. 8 by John Lawson VIC
  71. Nobu Perth WA
  72. Nomad NSW
  73. Novaro’s,Launceston TAS
  74. Nunam WA
  75. One Penny Red NSW
  76. Osteria di Russo & Russo NSW
  77. Paringa Estate, Red Hill South VIC
  78. Pei Modern VIC
  79. Pei Modern NSW
  80. Prive 249 QLD
  81. Reserve, Maleny QLD
  82. Sagra NSW
  83. Sails on Lavender Bay NSW
  84. Sean’s Panaroma NSW
  85. Silks WA
  86. Smoque ACT
  87. Social Eating House, Broadbeach QLD
  88. Street ADL SA
  89. Temporada ACT
  90. Terroir Auburn, Auburn SA
  91. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  92. The Mayflower Restaurant SA
  93. The Pot Food & Wine SA
  94. The Press Club VIC
  95. Town, Bangalow NSW
  96. Union Dining VIC
  97. Via Alta NSW
  98. Wharf Restaurant & Bar, Nowra NSW
  99. Wills Domain, Yallingup WA
  100. Windy Point SA

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 Richard Nixon cooked pancakes for James Cameron

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:

Señor Tulk

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