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.

Consumer Picks 2015: The Melting Pot finds success with menu updates
The chain's management began implementing revolutionary changes in operations and the menu in 2011 and 2012
5 of the latest restaurant dessert trends
Chefs say the unexpected will be popular this year
Chef Brooke Williamson talks whiskey, latest concepts
The Los Angeles-based chef plans to open a retail concept
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Ted’s Montana Grill, Wingstop, more
McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, Culver's, others also introduce new menu items
Good Times Restaurants names Jim Zielke CFO
Zielke replaces acting CFO Gary Heller
Carvel executive chef talks new ice cream flavors
Dave Fenner says chain’s Nutella flavor was a hit with customers
Top 5 fruit and vegetable trends for 2015 1
Chefs say exotic fruit, uncommon herbs will be popular this year
Restaurants upgrade coffee offerings as consumer tastes mature 1
America’s favorite hot beverage is getting hotter
Restaurants buck healthful trend with indulgent items
Chains introduce food that is the gastronomic equivalent of a comforting hug
Aramark gears up for baseball season with specialty menus
Lineup ranges from local favorites to chef-inspired items
Menu Tracker: New items from Starbucks, Benihana, Shake Shack, more
Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Elevation Burger, others also introduce new menu items
The rapid evolution of America’s palate: A discussion
Listen to Bret Thorn and Nancy Kruse explore Americans' changing tastes
Food & Wine names 2015 Best New Chefs
Magazine picks 10 cutting-edge chefs from around the country
5 protein trends taking center stage in restaurant dishes 1
NRA survey reveals items chefs expect to see at the center of the plate
San Francisco chef serves up cutting-edge dining experience
David Barzelay says his establishment, Lazy Bear, sells out both seatings every night
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Blogs & Commentary
Apr 29, 2015

Casual dining chains on the rebound

Visits to casual dining restaurants were flat over the past year, according to the NPD Group. That's a big improvement....More
Apr 28, 2015

Fast-casual pizza is no threat to traditional chains

Fast casual pizza chains won't likely take much business from traditional chains, because they have different customers....More

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