Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News



Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice. He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

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Wendy’s grows 4Q same-store sales with operational improvements
Revenue declines as refranchising continues
Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn explore the outsized ego of the modern chef
The experts examine culinary creativity, and when enough is enough
12 seafood dishes starring on menus during Lent
Restaurant chains including Long John Silver’s, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, El Pollo Loco and others tout seafood menu items for Lent.
Panera executive assesses digital advances
Chain sees customer count, satisfaction rise with use of technology
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Menu Tracker: New items from My Fit Foods, P.F. Chang’s, Zöes Kitchen, more
Restaurant chains introduce menu items including pizza, burgers, ice cream and more
Super Bowl stadium chefs plan celebratory specialties
Centerplate chefs plan for Super Bowl food to include vegetarian barbecue and local vegetables.
On The Border Chicken Border Bowl
A look at 6 trendy bowl meals
Restaurants have found that bowls allow for beautiful food presentation and are also portable and customizable
Umami grain bowl
Super bowls: The trendy vessels widen their appeal
Customers see bowl entrees as neat, convenient and wholesome
Denny's Supreme Green Skillet
Menu Tracker: New items from Chili’s, Denny’s, Pret A Manger, more
Moe's, Pizza Hut, Uncle Maddio's and others also introduce new menu items
Schwan Food Company creates young culinary advisory board
Chef Collective of Millennial toques to contribute fresh ideas to food manufacturer
Experts: New dietary guidelines reflect current eating trends
Government recommendations unlikely to change eating habits, experts say
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Department of Labor issues guidance on joint employment
NCCR says looser definition complicates inter-business relations
Bruegger's Breakfast Brisket bagel
Menu Tracker: New items from Au Bon Pain, Carrabba’s, Pei Wei, more
Bruegger's Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Houlihan's and more also introduce new menu items
The Power List 2016: No. 10 David Chang
Bringing an offbeat, inventive approach to fine dining
Jeff Harris, CFO at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf names Jeff Harris CFO
Former Purple Wine Co. executive replaces Karen Cate

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