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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Apple, salted caramel flavors also popular during the season
Survey: Mexican food straddles foreign, US cuisines 2
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Stadium foodservice operators partner with local chefs
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Survey: Top 5 small fast-casual chains 2
Zagat asks audiences in 15 U.S. cities, Toronto to rank favorites
Survey: Italian remains most popular ethnic cuisine 4
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Menu Tracker: New items from Applebee’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jersey Mike’s, more
Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Brio Tuscan Grille, Burger 21, others also introduce new menu items
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Diners more knowledgeable, sophisticated than they were 20 years ago, NRA finds
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Company creates new position to oversee ongoing remodeling, growth
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The fine art of frying
Chefs balance performance and flavor to find the right oils and techniques for any ingredient
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2015 Next 20 standout: Salata 
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Jacques Pépin receives inaugural Julia Child Award 3
Award honors individual who has changed the way America eats
The rise in meal kit services: A discussion
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