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. 10 William St NSW
  2. 121BC NSW
  3. Aarli Bar, Broome WA
  4. Abla’s VIC
  5. Ace Pizza WA
  7. Akiba ACT
  8. Bacash VIC
  9. Belle’s Hot Chicken VIC
  10. Bellota VIC
  11. Beppi’s NSW
  12. Berardo’s, Noosa QLD
  13. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  14. Bishop Sessa NSW
  15. Bistro Guillaume WA
  16. Black Bird QLD
  17. BLACK by Ezard NSW
  18. Cafe Paci NSW
  19. Carrington Place, Carrington NSW
  20. Catalina NSW
  21. Celsius Restaurant & Bar SA
  22. Cinnamon Club SA
  23. Clarkes of Northbeach WA
  24. Divido WA
  25. Du Fermier, Trentham VIC
  26. Elyros VIC
  27. Epocha VIC
  28. Felix NSW
  29. Fish Face NSW
  30. Fish Shop NSW
  31. Flower Drum VIC
  32. Four in Hand NSW
  33. Franklin TAS
  34. Fratelli Paradiso NSW
  35. Frogmore Creek Restaurant, Cambridge TAS
  36. Galileo Buona Cucina WA
  37. Gastro Park NSW
  38. Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant SA
  39. Georges on Waymouth SA
  40. Golden Boy SA
  41. Golden Century NSW
  42. GOMA Restaurant QLD
  43. Habitue WA
  44. Izakaya Den VIC
  45. Jellyfish QLD
  46. Jonah’s NSW
  47. Kazuki’s, Daylesford VIC
  48. Kiyomi, Broadbeach QLD
  49. Komeyui VIC
  50. La Scala on Jersey NSW
  51. Les Bistronomes ACT
  52. Lotus Eaters, Cygnet TAS
  53. LP’s Quality Meats NSW
  54. Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar QLD
  55. Madame Hanoi SA
  56. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  57. Malamay ACT
  58. Matteo’s VIC
  59. Merchant Osteria Veneta VIC
  60. Millbrook Winery Restaurant Jarrahdale WA
  61. Moon Park NSW
  62. Moon Under Water VIC
  63. Ms G’s NSW
  64. Nobu VIC
  65. Noir VIC
  66. Nomad NSW
  67. Northern Git VIC
  68. Northern Light VIC
  69. O Bar and Dining NSW
  70. Pei Modern NSW
  71. Pendolino NSW
  72. Pilu at Freshwater NSW
  73. Press Food & Wine SA
  74. Restaurant Orana SA
  75. Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Noosa Heads QLD
  76. Sailors Thai NSW
  77. Sake QLD
  78. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  79. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  80. Shiki SA
  81. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  82. St Isidore, Milton NSW
  83. St Michael WA
  84. Stillwater, Launceston TAS
  85. Tani Eat & Drink, Bright VIC
  86. Tartufo QLD
  87. The Carlton Wine Room VIC
  88. The Elbow Room, McClaren Vale SA
  89. The European VIC
  90. The Grand VIC
  91. The Lane Vineyard Restaurant, Balhannah SA
  92. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  93. Tipo 00 VIC
  94. Town Hall Hotel VIC
  95. Uccello NSW
  96. Vini NSW
  97. Vintners Bar & Grill, Angaston SA
  98. Windy Point SA
  99. Yellow NSW
  100. Yu-u 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 this Congolese warlord tried to kidnap the Bloods

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:

Jorge Colombaris

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