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. Aarli Bar, Broome WA
  2. Ace Pizza WA
  3. Bacash VIC
  4. Balla NSW
  5. Bib&Tucker WA
  6. Billy Kwong NSW
  7. Bishop Sessa NSW
  8. Black Bird QLD
  9. BLACK by Ezard NSW
  10. Bloodwood NSW
  11. Bucci QLD
  12. Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay NSW
  13. Cafe Paci NSW
  14. Char NT
  15. Chill on Tedder, Main Beach QLD
  16. Cho Cho San NSW
  17. Cicciolina VIC
  18. Cinco bistro QLD
  19. Cinnamon Club SA
  20. Co-Op Dining WA
  21. Coda VIC
  22. Coogee Pavilion NSW
  23. Cookie VIC
  24. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  25. Courgette ACT
  26. Cullens Wines Restaurant, Wilyabrup WA
  27. Dainty Sichuan VIC
  28. Dandelion VIC
  29. Ecco QLD
  30. Ethos Eat Drink TAS
  31. Fish Face NSW
  32. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  33. Fratelli Paradiso NSW
  34. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  35. Gastro Park NSW
  36. Glass Brasserie NSW
  37. Gowings Bar & Grill NSW
  38. Green Park VIC
  39. Hammer & Tong VIC
  40. Hare & Grace VIC
  41. Hellenika, Nobby Beach QLD
  42. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  43. Il Centro QLD
  44. Italian&Sons ACT
  45. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  46. Kazuki’s, Daylesford VIC
  47. Knee Deep, Wilyabrup WA
  48. Lau’s Family Kitchen VIC
  49. Leonards Mill, Second Valley SA
  50. Malt Dining QLD
  51. Manfredi at Bells, Killcare Heights NSW
  52. Matteo’s VIC
  53. Me Wah TAS
  54. Mercato, Daylesford VIC
  55. Mister Bianco VIC
  56. Mister Jennings VIC
  57. Mocan & Green Grout ACT
  58. Moda QLD
  59. Monopole NSW
  60. No. 8 by John Lawson VIC
  61. Nobu Perth WA
  62. Ocha VIC
  63. Osteria Balla NSW
  64. Papi Chulo NSW
  65. Paringa Estate, Red Hill South VIC
  66. Pee Wee’s at the Point NT
  67. Peel St SA
  68. Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee NSW
  69. Piqueos VIC
  70. Prix Fixe VIC
  71. Public Dining Room NSW
  72. Pulp Kitchen ACT
  73. Racine, Orange NSW
  74. Restaurant Orana SA
  75. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  76. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  77. Rumi VIC
  78. Sagra NSW
  79. Sailors Thai NSW
  80. Sails, Noosa Heads QLD
  81. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  82. Sepia NSW
  83. Street ADL SA
  84. Ten Minutes By Tractor, Main Ridge VIC
  85. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  86. The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay NSW
  87. The Bridge Room NSW
  88. The Daniel O’Connell SA
  89. The Devonshire NSW
  90. The Graham VIC
  91. The Lane Vineyard Restaurant, Balhannah SA
  92. The Press Club VIC
  93. The Town Mouse VIC
  94. Union Dining VIC
  95. Varnish on King WA
  96. Vintners Bar & Grill, Angaston SA
  97. Voyager Estate Winery Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  98. Westend Pump House TAS
  99. Wharf Restaurant & Bar, Nowra NSW
  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:

How Vladimir Putin was shocked to see Superman

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:

Subirse el carros

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. Sustainable Transparency
  2. Caraway Seeds are the new Caneles
  3. Hot Kitchen Tool: The Spot welder
  4. New Habit: Meatless Saturday
  5. Viking Vegetarianism
  6. Food Destination: Tunisia

Press Reload for increasingly accurate 2012 food trends.