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. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  4. Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton VIC
  5. ARIA Restaurant NSW
  6. Aria, Brisbane QLD
  7. Ashcrofts, Blackheath NSW
  8. Attica VIC
  9. Bacash VIC
  10. Bang NSW
  11. Bentley Restaurant & Bar NSW
  12. Beppi’s NSW
  13. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  14. Bistro Dom SA
  15. Bistro Gitan VIC
  16. Bistro Vue VIC
  17. Catbird Seat QLD
  18. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  19. Chat Thai NSW
  20. China Doll NSW
  21. Co-Op Dining WA
  22. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  23. Cupitt’s Kitchen Ulladulla NSW
  24. Da Orazio NSW
  25. Danjee NSW
  26. Donovans VIC
  27. Easy Tiger VIC
  28. Elyros VIC
  29. Epocha VIC
  30. Fino, Willunga SA
  31. Fish House, Burleigh Heads QLD
  32. Fish Shop NSW
  33. Flower Drum VIC
  34. Four in Hand NSW
  35. Fuku WA
  36. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  37. Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant SA
  38. Gerard’s Bistro QLD
  39. Gladioli, Inverleigh VIC
  40. Golden Century NSW
  41. Gowings Bar & Grill NSW
  42. Harvest Cafe, Newrybar NSW
  43. Healesville Hotel, Healesville VIC
  44. Hordern’s, Berry NSW
  45. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar NSW
  46. Il Centro QLD
  47. Izakaya Fujiyama NSW
  48. Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant SA
  49. Kazuki’s, Daylesford VIC
  50. Kepos St Kitchen NSW
  51. Lanterne Rooms ACT
  52. Lebrina TAS
  53. Lion Hotel SA
  54. Lolli Redini, Orange NSW
  55. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  56. Margan, Broke NSW
  57. Marque NSW
  58. Must winebar WA
  59. Nunam WA
  60. Ocha VIC
  61. Osteria Balla NSW
  62. Peel St SA
  63. Pope Joan VIC
  64. Porteno NSW
  65. Prive 249 QLD
  66. Pulp Kitchen ACT
  67. Punch Lane VIC
  68. Restaurant Amuse WA
  69. Rockpool NSW
  70. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  71. Rumi VIC
  72. Sage ACT
  73. Sails on Lavender Bay NSW
  74. Sayers Sister WA
  75. Seaduction, Surfers Paradise QLD
  76. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  77. Skillogolee, Sevenhill SA
  78. Smolt TAS
  79. Sokyo NSW
  80. St Isidore, Milton NSW
  81. Supermaxi VIC
  82. Temporada ACT
  83. Ten Minutes By Tractor, Main Ridge VIC
  84. Tetsuya’s NSW
  85. The Apollo NSW
  86. The Gala Restaurant WA
  87. The Mayflower Restaurant SA
  88. The Ox and Hound Bistro, Beechworth VIC
  89. The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale SA
  90. The Studio Bistro, Yallingup WA
  91. The Town Mouse VIC
  92. The Trustee Bar & Bistro WA
  93. Town, Bangalow NSW
  94. Union Dining VIC
  95. Urbane QLD
  96. Varnish on King WA
  97. Via Alta NSW
  98. Vini NSW
  99. Wharf Restaurant & Bar, Nowra NSW
  100. Wills Domain, Yallingup WA

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 Deejay Punk-Roc filled a limousine with Jurassic Park

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:

El Barrios Blanco

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. Chicken-fried Minimalism
  2. Christmas Puddings are the new Salted Caramel
  3. Hot Kitchen Tool: The Paintgun
  4. New Habit: Meatless Sunday
  5. Post-Tsunami Transparency
  6. Food Destination: Guinea

Press Reload for increasingly accurate 2012 food trends.