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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Arby’s, California Tortilla, Dickey’s Barbecue, others also introduce new menu items
Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap
New Taco Bell ad highlights Breakfast Crunchwrap
Quick-service chain also introduces new Crunchwrap Sliders
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Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse reflect on 2015 menu trends
Find out which predictions hit the mark, and which were off-target
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Company president Hoyt Jones discusses plans to offer new revenue stream to office personnel
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Veggie sliders, loaded fries and spicy fried chicken were among the menu standouts
Red Robin names Jonathan Muhtar CMO
Muhtar was most recently CMO at Captain D’s
NRN predicts 2016 menu trends 3
NRN’s culinary expert Bret Thorn tells us what’s next in food and beverage
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Jack in the Box, Back Yard Burgers, Fogo de Chão, others also introduce new menu items
Chris Tomasso promoted to First Watch president
Current CMO to take on expanded leadership role
Moe’s Southwest Grill names Jason Dowd executive chef
Dowd looks forward to participating in fast-casual chain’s “next chapter”
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NRN highlights concepts that are gaining strong local followings and national attention
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