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. 121BC NSW
  3. A La Grecque, Aireys Inlet VIC
  4. ACME NSW
  5. Akachochin VIC
  6. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  7. Alpha NSW
  8. ARIA Restaurant NSW
  9. Ashcrofts, Blackheath NSW
  10. Attica VIC
  11. Balla NSW
  12. Bar Lourinha VIC
  13. Bellota VIC
  14. Bistro Dom SA
  15. Bistro Gitan VIC
  16. BLACK by Ezard NSW
  17. Black Cow Bistro, Launceston TAS
  18. Bread and Bone Wood Grill SA
  19. Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater SA
  20. Bucci QLD
  21. Cape Lodge, Yallingup WA
  22. Carrington Place, Carrington NSW
  23. Casa Ciuccio VIC
  24. Cecconi’s VIC
  25. Chiswick NSW
  26. Cho Cho San NSW
  27. Cinco bistro QLD
  28. Coast, Hervey Bay QLD
  29. Cookie VIC
  30. Dainty Sichuan VIC
  31. Darley’s, Katoomba NSW
  32. Donovans VIC
  33. Duende WA
  34. Easy Tiger VIC
  35. Esca Bimbadgen, Pokolbin NSW
  36. Estelle VIC
  37. FermentAsian, Tanunda SA
  38. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  39. Flooded Gums, Bonville NSW
  40. Fratelli Paradiso NSW
  41. Gerard’s Bistro QLD
  42. Gingerboy VIC
  43. Golden Century NSW
  44. Green Park VIC
  45. Hare & Grace VIC
  46. Harvest Cafe, Newrybar NSW
  47. Hellenika, Nobby Beach QLD
  48. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield SA
  49. Il Bacaro VIC
  50. Il Centro QLD
  51. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  52. Kazuki’s, Daylesford VIC
  53. Kent St Kitchen NSW
  54. La Bonta, Kyneton VIC
  55. La Scala on Jersey NSW
  56. Leeuwin Estate Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  57. Les Bistronomes ACT
  58. Longrain VIC
  59. LuMi NSW
  60. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  61. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  62. Maha VIC
  63. Marque NSW
  64. Me Wah TAS
  65. Minamishima VIC
  66. Monster Kitchen & Bar ACT
  67. Mrs. Jones Devonport TAS
  68. Ms G’s NSW
  69. Mud Bar & Restaurant, Launceston TAS
  70. No 4 Blake Street WA
  71. Nobu VIC
  72. Nomad NSW
  73. Nu Nu, Palm Grove QLD
  74. Nunam WA
  75. Ottoman Cuisine ACT
  76. Papi Chulo NSW
  77. Pope Joan VIC
  78. Prive 249 QLD
  79. Public Inn, Castlemaine VIC
  80. Remi De Provence TAS
  81. Restaurant Mason, Newcastle NSW
  82. Restaurant Orana SA
  83. Ristorante Fellini, Main Beach QLD
  84. Rockpool Bar & Grill NSW
  85. Rosa’s Kitchen VIC
  86. Rosetta VIC
  87. Ruby Red Flamingo SA
  88. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  89. Social Eating House, Broadbeach QLD
  90. South on Albany, Berry NSW
  91. Stillwater, Launceston TAS
  92. Stunned Mullet, Port Macquarie NSW
  93. Tartufo QLD
  94. The Daniel O’Connell SA
  95. The Gala Restaurant WA
  96. The Pot Food & Wine SA
  97. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  98. The Tasting Room at Mayura Station, Millicent SA
  99. Town, Bangalow NSW
  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 Mena Suvari will never see a Detroit iron foundry

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:

Los Lobos

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. Viking Vineyards
  2. Cabbages are the new Salted Caramel
  3. Hot Kitchen Tool: The Pacojet
  4. New Habit: Roadkill Friday
  5. Danish Vegetarianism
  6. Food Destination: Turkmenistan

Press Reload for increasingly accurate 2012 food trends.