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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Stadium foodservice operator treats sports fans to hometown-inspired comfort foods
Chefs add creative touches to gazpacho
Creative garnishes, seasonal adaptations add interest to the chilled soup
Behind Chipotle’s singular success: A discussion 2
Listen to Bret Thorn and Nancy Kruse explore Chipotle Mexican Grill’s singular success
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy's, Hard Rock Cafe, Caribou Coffee, more 1
Charley’s Philly Steaks, California Tortilla, Boloco, others also introduce new menu items
Friendly’s purchasing director discusses strategy
Kyle Hauser says chain is developing supply chain efficiencies, discipline
Huddle House names new executive chef
Jenn Townsend to lead menu development at family-dining chain
Guacamole moves beyond Mexican food
Chains including Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts add the avocado dip to menu items
True Food Kitchen works to make menu more sustainable
Brand chef Arik Markus discusses recent menu updates
Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Pinkberry, Outback Steakhouse, more
Dunkin’ Donuts, Carl’s Jr., Krystal, others also introduce new menu items
Tasca Chino fuses Spanish, Chinese cuisines
New York City restaurateurs Simon Oren and David Sasson open tapas-dim sum restaurant
Hooters names Carl Sweat CMO
Sweat replaces Dave Henninger at the casual-dining chain
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs hosts annual conference
Attendees participated in workshops and offsite tours that included panel discussions, more
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs appoints new president
Ruth Gresser named at annual conference, which recognizes women’s contributions to foodservice
Top 5 trends in restaurant side dishes
Items can be a great way to boost checks
Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald's, Denny's, Robeks, more
Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, El Pollo Loco, others also introduce new menu items
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