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.Baker ACT
  2. Ajo NSW
  3. Albert St Food & Wine VIC
  4. Alpha NSW
  5. Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton VIC
  6. ARIA Restaurant NSW
  7. Bang NSW
  8. Bar H Dining NSW
  9. Black Cow Bistro, Launceston TAS
  10. Black Fire ACT
  11. Brooks VIC
  12. Cafe Nice NSW
  13. Cape Lodge, Yallingup WA
  14. Capitol Bar & Grill ACT
  15. Caveau, Wollongong NSW
  16. Chris’s Beacon Point, Apollo Bay VIC
  17. Circa VIC
  18. Coda VIC
  19. Cupitt’s Kitchen Ulladulla NSW
  20. Dainty Sichuan VIC
  21. Dandelion VIC
  22. Divido WA
  23. Duende WA
  24. Eleonore’s, Yering VIC
  25. Felix NSW
  26. Four in Hand NSW
  27. Franklin TAS
  28. Gladioli, Inverleigh VIC
  29. Gowings Bar & Grill NSW
  30. Grazing NSW
  31. Green Park VIC
  32. Harrisons, Port Douglas QLD
  33. Hellenic Republic VIC
  34. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield SA
  35. Hill of Grace Restaurant SA
  36. Homage, Hiddenvale QLD
  37. Il Bacaro VIC
  38. Il Centro QLD
  39. Jasmin SA
  40. Jellyfish QLD
  41. Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, Mildura VIC
  42. Jonah’s NSW
  43. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  44. Kappo VIC
  45. Kepos St Kitchen NSW
  46. Kitchen by Mike NSW
  47. Komeyui VIC
  48. Lark Hill Winery Restaurant ACT
  49. Lilotang ACT
  50. Little NNQ SA
  51. Lolli Redini, Orange NSW
  52. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  53. Madame Hanoi SA
  54. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  55. Malt Dining QLD
  56. Mamasita VIC
  57. Marque NSW
  58. Momofuku Seiobo NSW
  59. Montalto, Red Hill South VIC
  60. Montrachet QLD
  61. Movida Aqui VIC
  62. Mud Bar & Restaurant, Launceston TAS
  63. Noir VIC
  64. Northern Light VIC
  65. Nu Nu, Palm Grove QLD
  66. Osteria Balla NSW
  67. Peel St SA
  68. Pei Modern NSW
  69. Pilu at Freshwater NSW
  70. Pinbone NSW
  71. Prive 249 QLD
  72. Restaurant Amuse WA
  73. Restaurant Como, Blaxland NSW
  74. Rockpool Bar & Grill NSW
  75. Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld VIC
  76. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  77. San Telmo VIC
  78. Seaduction, Surfers Paradise QLD
  79. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  80. Shiki SA
  81. Silks WA
  82. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  83. Spice Temple VIC
  84. Spirit House, Yandina QLD
  85. Stokehouse City VIC
  86. Subo, Newcastle NSW
  87. Supermaxi VIC
  88. Tempura Hajime VIC
  89. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  90. The Atlantic VIC
  91. The Bathers’ Pavilion NSW
  92. The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay NSW
  93. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  94. The Devonshire NSW
  95. The Mayflower Restaurant SA
  96. Town Hall Hotel VIC
  97. Urbane QLD
  98. Varnish on King WA
  99. Westend Pump House TAS
  100. Yots Greek Taverna NT

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 Morrissey tried to battle yeast

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New Pastry Generator

With the advent of the cronut, humanity has entered a new golden age of pastry. Freed from the shackles of tradition, patissiers can now start a craze by pouring any number of unrelated recipes straight into the deep fryer. Uninspired? Let the random pastry generator do the work of original human thought.

You should go cook:


Press reload for more new pastry ideas.

Food Idea Generator

Are you a chef who has hit a creative wall? A home cook who has prepared everything that a Nathan Myhrvold-led team can throw at you?

Now that Ferran Adria is out of business, surely a machine can take his place as an inspiration for cooks too lazy to go foraging or grow their own food. I present to you my food idea generator.

It has currently made around 3,000 random modernist cuisine recipes for you to try. A handful look truly delicious but most are nauseating..

Try it for yourself here.

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:


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