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. 121BC NSW
  2. A.Baker ACT
  3. Akachochin VIC
  4. Appellation at the Louise, Tanunda SA
  5. Bang NSW
  6. Bar Lourinha VIC
  7. Bellota VIC
  8. Bistro at Banks, Marcus Hill VIC
  9. Bistro Guillaume VIC
  10. Bistro Guillaume WA
  11. Black Fire ACT
  12. Bomba VIC
  13. Bucci QLD
  14. Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay NSW
  15. Chiswick NSW
  16. Cicciolina VIC
  17. Circa VIC
  18. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  19. Cullens Wines Restaurant, Wilyabrup WA
  20. Cutler & Co VIC
  21. Da Orazio NSW
  22. Duende WA
  23. D’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale SA
  24. eightysix ACT
  25. Fino, Willunga SA
  26. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  27. Flower Drum VIC
  28. Flying Fish NSW
  29. Frank Restaurant and Bar TAS
  30. Frogmore Creek Restaurant, Cambridge TAS
  31. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  32. Golden Boy SA
  33. Green Park VIC
  34. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield SA
  35. Hill of Grace Restaurant SA
  36. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  37. Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, Mildura VIC
  38. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  39. Lee Ho Fook VIC
  40. Leonards Mill, Second Valley SA
  41. Little NNQ SA
  42. Longrain NSW
  43. Lotus Eaters, Cygnet TAS
  44. Luxembourg VIC
  45. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  46. Manfredi at Bells, Killcare Heights NSW
  47. Matilda Bay Restaurant WA
  48. Movida NSW
  49. Neram Harvest, Armidale NSW
  50. Nine Fine Food WA
  51. Nobu Perth WA
  52. Northern Light VIC
  53. Nu Nu, Palm Grove QLD
  54. O Bar and Dining NSW
  55. One Penny Red NSW
  56. Ormeggio at the Spit NSW
  57. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Winery, Granton TAS
  58. Parwana Afghan Kitchen SA
  59. Pearls on the Beach, Pearl Beach NSW
  60. Pendolino NSW
  61. Red Cabbage Food & Wine WA
  62. Ristorante Fellini, Main Beach QLD
  63. Rockpool Bar & Grill VIC
  64. Rockpool Bar & Grill WA
  65. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  66. Sage ACT
  67. Sails, Noosa Heads QLD
  68. Sake QLD
  69. San Telmo VIC
  70. Sarti VIC
  71. Sezar VIC
  72. Shiki SA
  73. Silks WA
  74. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  75. Sixpenny NSW
  76. Social Eating House, Broadbeach QLD
  77. Spice Temple VIC
  78. Spirit House, Yandina QLD
  79. Stillwater, Launceston TAS
  80. Stokehouse City VIC
  81. Stunned Mullet, Port Macquarie NSW
  82. Sushi E NSW
  83. Tempura Hajime VIC
  84. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  85. Terroir Auburn, Auburn SA
  86. Tetsuya’s NSW
  87. The Apollo NSW
  88. The Atlantic VIC
  89. The Bridge Room NSW
  90. The Graham VIC
  91. The Pot Food & Wine SA
  92. The Source TAS
  93. Three Japanese TAS
  94. Urbane QLD
  95. Vincent NSW
  96. Vini NSW
  97. Voyager Estate Winery Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  98. Vue de Monde VIC
  99. Westend Pump House TAS
  100. Woodland House VIC

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 the Bolivian soccer team once opened for this Miley Cyrus gif

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:

Efecto Bandwagon

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. Old World Egotism
  2. Catfish are the new Salted Caramel
  3. Hot Kitchen Tool: The Darning needle
  4. New Habit: Shooting Tuesday
  5. Post-Tsunami Cosmopolitanism
  6. Food Destination: Western Sahara

Press Reload for increasingly accurate 2012 food trends.