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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Flexible approach appeals to diners and helps manage costs
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Trending Tables: 50 hot restaurants for fall 2015
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Survey: Consumers rely on restaurants for Chinese food
Of the “Big Three” ethnic cuisines, fewer consumers cook Chinese food at home
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Survey: Mexican food straddles foreign, US cuisines 2
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