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. 1889 Enoteca QLD
  3. 4Fourteen NSW
  4. Akachochin VIC
  5. Aravina Estate, Yallingup WA
  6. Bang NSW
  7. Berardo’s, Noosa QLD
  8. Bib&Tucker WA
  9. Bistro Dom SA
  10. Bistro Guillaume WA
  11. Black Bird QLD
  12. Black Fire ACT
  13. Black Hide Steakhouse QLD
  14. Bloodwood NSW
  15. Brae, Birregurra VIC
  16. Bread in Common WA
  17. Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater SA
  18. Cafe Paci NSW
  19. Cafe Sopra NSW
  20. Capitol Bar & Grill ACT
  21. Carrington Place, Carrington NSW
  22. Catalina NSW
  23. Catbird Seat QLD
  24. Catfish, Ballarat VIC
  25. Centonove VIC
  26. Chaco Bar NSW
  27. Chat Thai NSW
  28. Chin Chin VIC
  29. Cinco bistro QLD
  30. Circa 1876, Pokolbin NSW
  31. Co-Op Dining WA
  32. Cullens Wines Restaurant, Wilyabrup WA
  33. Dandelion VIC
  34. Duende WA
  35. Elyros VIC
  36. Euro QLD
  37. Felix NSW
  38. Frogmore Creek Restaurant, Cambridge TAS
  39. From Orient SA
  40. Gerard’s Bistro QLD
  41. Gingerboy VIC
  42. Grossi Florentino VIC
  43. Hare & Grace VIC
  44. Huxtable VIC
  45. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar NSW
  46. Il Bacaro VIC
  47. Innocent Bystander, Healesville VIC
  48. Kenji Modern Japanese SA
  49. Kepos St Kitchen NSW
  50. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  51. Lake House, Daylesford VIC
  52. Lanterne Rooms ACT
  53. Lebrina TAS
  54. Long Apron, Mountville QLD
  55. Longrain NSW
  56. Lotus Eaters, Cygnet TAS
  57. Lox Stock & Barrel NSW
  58. Me Wah TAS
  59. Miki’s Open Kitchen, Margaret River WA
  60. Millbrook Winery Restaurant Jarrahdale WA
  61. Mister Bianco VIC
  62. Monopole NSW
  63. Monster Kitchen & Bar ACT
  64. Moon Park NSW
  65. Moon Under Water VIC
  66. Muse, Pokolbin NSW
  67. Nine Fine Food WA
  68. Nobu VIC
  69. Nolita WA
  70. Northern Git VIC
  71. Peel St SA
  72. Pendolino NSW
  73. Petite Mort WA
  74. Polperro, Red Hill VIC
  75. Public Inn, Castlemaine VIC
  76. Restaurant Orana SA
  77. Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Noosa Heads QLD
  78. Rockpool NSW
  79. Rockpool Bar & Grill NSW
  80. Rumi VIC
  81. Sailors Thai NSW
  82. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  83. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  84. Silks WA
  85. Sokyo NSW
  86. Stokehouse City VIC
  87. Terre, Tuerong VIC
  88. The Apollo NSW
  89. The Daniel O’Connell SA
  90. The Elbow Room, McClaren Vale SA
  91. The Gala Restaurant WA
  92. The Peak, Maryvale QLD
  93. The Point VIC
  94. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  95. Tipo 00 VIC
  96. Town, Bangalow NSW
  97. Urbane QLD
  98. Varnish on King WA
  99. Westend Pump House TAS
  100. Yellow NSW

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 Billy Bragg signed a recording contract with Tibetan throat singing

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:

Subirse el carros

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