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. A La Grecque, Aireys Inlet VIC
  3. Aarli Bar, Broome WA
  4. Ace Pizza WA
  5. Balla NSW
  6. Bang NSW
  7. Bar Lourinha VIC
  8. Bishop Sessa NSW
  9. Bread and Bone Wood Grill SA
  10. Brooks VIC
  11. Bucci QLD
  12. Cafe Paci NSW
  13. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  14. Centonove VIC
  15. Char NT
  16. Chianti SA
  17. Chiswick NSW
  18. Chris’s Beacon Point, Apollo Bay VIC
  19. Cicciolina VIC
  20. Clarkes of Northbeach WA
  21. Cookie VIC
  22. Coppa Spuntino QLD
  23. Cottage Point Inn NSW
  24. Da Orazio NSW
  25. Easy Tiger VIC
  26. El Publico WA
  27. Est NSW
  28. Ethos Eat Drink TAS
  29. Euro QLD
  30. Flooded Gums, Bonville NSW
  31. Flying Fish NSW
  32. Franklin TAS
  33. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  34. Gazi VIC
  35. Gingerboy VIC
  36. Gladioli, Inverleigh VIC
  37. Golden Boy SA
  38. GOMA Restaurant QLD
  39. Gordita QLD
  40. Grossi Florentino VIC
  41. Guillaume NSW
  42. Hartsyard NSW
  43. Harvest Cafe, Newrybar NSW
  44. Innocent Bystander, Healesville VIC
  45. Jellyfish QLD
  46. Lebrina TAS
  47. Les Bistronomes ACT
  48. Longrain NSW
  49. Lotus Eaters, Cygnet TAS
  50. LuMi NSW
  51. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  52. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  53. Maha VIC
  54. Matilda Bay Restaurant WA
  55. Matteo’s VIC
  56. Moda QLD
  57. Montalto, Red Hill South VIC
  58. Montrachet QLD
  59. Ms G’s NSW
  60. Nobu VIC
  61. Nobu Perth WA
  62. Noir VIC
  63. Novaro’s,Launceston TAS
  64. O Bar and Dining NSW
  65. One Penny Red NSW
  66. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Winery, Granton TAS
  67. Pearls on the Beach, Pearl Beach NSW
  68. Piqueos VIC
  69. Polperro, Red Hill VIC
  70. Print Hall WA
  71. Prix Fixe VIC
  72. Remi De Provence TAS
  73. Restaurant Amuse WA
  74. Restaurant Mason, Newcastle NSW
  75. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  76. Sage ACT
  77. Sagra NSW
  78. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  79. Sarti VIC
  80. Sepia NSW
  81. Sezar VIC
  82. Silo Bakery and Cafe ACT
  83. Sokyo NSW
  84. Temporada ACT
  85. Tempura Hajime VIC
  86. The Devonshire NSW
  87. The Elbow Room, McClaren Vale SA
  88. The European VIC
  89. The Foraging Quail QLD
  90. The Gala Restaurant WA
  91. The Source TAS
  92. The Tasting Room at Mayura Station, Millicent SA
  93. The Woodhouse, Bendigo VIC
  94. Tipo 00 VIC
  95. Town, Bangalow NSW
  96. Uccello NSW
  97. Union Food & Wine VIC
  98. Urbane QLD
  99. Windy Point SA
  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 Tupac Shakur was sued by Alain de Botton

Press reload for increasingly realistic ideas.

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:

My Tlaxcalteca Axolotl

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