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
  3. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  4. Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton VIC
  5. Appellation at the Louise, Tanunda SA
  6. Assaggio SA
  7. Balla NSW
  8. Berowra Waters Inn NSW
  9. Bistro Guillaume WA
  10. Bistro Molines, Mount View NSW
  11. Black Bird QLD
  12. Black Fire ACT
  13. Black Hide Steakhouse QLD
  14. Bread and Bone Wood Grill SA
  15. Cafe Nice NSW
  16. Capitol Bar & Grill ACT
  17. Char NT
  18. Chianti SA
  19. China Lane NSW
  20. Cinnamon Club SA
  21. Clareville Kiosk NSW
  22. Co-Op Dining WA
  23. Da Noi VIC
  24. Dandelion VIC
  25. Du Fermier, Trentham VIC
  26. El Publico WA
  27. Elyros VIC
  28. Esca Bimbadgen, Pokolbin NSW
  29. Four in Hand NSW
  30. France-Soir VIC
  31. Gastro Park NSW
  32. Gazi VIC
  33. Golden Boy SA
  34. Green Park VIC
  35. Hare & Grace VIC
  36. Hellenika, Nobby Beach QLD
  37. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  38. Hordern’s, Berry NSW
  39. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar NSW
  40. Jellyfish QLD
  41. Jonah’s NSW
  42. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  43. Kent St Kitchen NSW
  44. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  45. Knee Deep, Wilyabrup WA
  46. Komeyui VIC
  47. Leeuwin Estate Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  48. Lilotang QLD
  49. Lolli Redini, Orange NSW
  50. Longrain NSW
  51. Lucio’s NSW
  52. Malamay ACT
  53. Malt Dining QLD
  54. Marque NSW
  55. Merchant Osteria Veneta VIC
  56. Mezzalira ACT
  57. Montrachet QLD
  58. Ms G’s NSW
  59. Muse, Pokolbin NSW
  60. Must winebar WA
  61. Neram Harvest, Armidale NSW
  62. Noir VIC
  63. Pearls on the Beach, Pearl Beach NSW
  64. Pinbone NSW
  65. Port Phillip Estate VIC
  66. Print Hall WA
  67. Prix Fixe VIC
  68. Public QLD
  69. Public Dining Room NSW
  70. Punch Lane VIC
  71. Racine, Orange NSW
  72. Restaurant Amuse WA
  73. Restaurant Como, Blaxland NSW
  74. Rockpool NSW
  75. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  76. Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld VIC
  77. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  78. Sagra NSW
  79. Sails, Noosa Heads QLD
  80. Saint Crispin VIC
  81. Sake QLD
  82. San Telmo VIC
  83. Skillogolee, Sevenhill SA
  84. Supernormal VIC
  85. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  86. Terroir Auburn, Auburn SA
  87. The Artisan ACT
  88. The Bridge Room NSW
  89. The Commoner VIC
  90. The European VIC
  91. The Foraging Quail QLD
  92. The Gala Restaurant WA
  93. The Studio Bistro, Yallingup WA
  94. The Town Mouse VIC
  95. Town, Bangalow NSW
  96. Uccello NSW
  97. Valentino VIC
  98. Wills Domain, Yallingup WA
  99. Yering Station Wine Bar, Yarra Glen VIC
  100. Zanzibar cafe, Merimbula 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 Tupac Shakur praises polka music

Press reload for increasingly realistic ideas.

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:

My Guanajuatense Maid

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

2012 Food Trend Generator

Once again, it is the time of the year when food journalists wheel out the world’s worst portmanteau, the listicle, and predict where food trends will head in 2012. For a writer, they’re brilliant content. No editor is going to sack you if Cambodian does not become the new Thai or the world’s predicted hottest restaurant closes. Your audience does not hold you accountable if the hot food destination that you suggest collapses into civil war. So why not let a machine do the work?

Here’s my automatically generated predictions for the hot food trends of 2012. If they come true, you owe me money.

  1. Mid-90s Minimalism
  2. Christmas Puddings are the new Cupcakes
  3. Hot Kitchen Tool: The Autoclave
  4. New Habit: Emetic Tuesday
  5. Viking Dude Food
  6. Food Destination: Angola

Press Reload for increasingly accurate 2012 food trends.