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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Chef Collin Crannell talks seafood menu, sustainability trends
Executive chef of The Lobster in Santa Monica, Calif., shares shifting customer preferences
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Beef 'O' Brady's parent names new corporate chef
Stan Dorsey to spearhead menu development at Beef 'O' Brady's and The Brass Tap
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HMSHost names Laura FitzRandolph chief human resources officer
FitzRandolph replaces longtime chief human resources officer Chuck Powers
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El Pollo Loco 1Q profit drops 19.8% 
Same-store sales and revenue rise slightly during the quarter
Menu Tracker: New items from El Pollo Loco, Il Fornaio, Papa Murphy’s, more
Arooga’s, Baskin-Robbins, By Chloe, Chopt and other chains also introduce new menu items
Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme named Beard Foundation Rising Star
Shaya of New Orleans named best new restaurant
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El Pollo Loco names new chief development officer
John Dawson, formerly Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf CEO, to spearhead marketing and franchise sales
Luna Grill spring salad wrap
Menu Tracker: New items from Burger King, McAlister’s, True Food Kitchen, more
Carl's Jr., Pie Five Pizza, Robeks, Taco Bell and other chains also introduce new menu items
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Growler USA acquires Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli
Both chains plan to expand through franchising
My Fit Foods sunshine wrap
Menu Tracker: New items from Cinnabon, Freshii, Tony Roma’s, more
Dairy Queen, HuHot Mongolian Grill, McDonald’s and more also introduce new menu items
Zoe's Kitchen Live Med Salad
11 takes on whole-grain menu items
Quinoa, farro, chia, amaranth and more shine in healthful dishes and drinks
Piada Italian Street Food quinoa
Whole grains make gains on restaurant menus 
Once a hard sell, farro, spelt, quinoa, amaranth and other grains become increasingly popular
Slapfish Pitarito
MenuMasters 2016 Trendsetter Award: Slapfish
Chain rethinks supply chain to make sustainable seafood affordable
Sodexo Peruvian pork seco
MenuMasters 2016 Best Menu Revamp: Sodexo
Crisol Latin Kitchen brings “melting pot” of flavors to campus
Stanford dining Cook Smart
MenuMasters 2016 Best Healthful Innovations: Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises
Partnership with chef Jamie Oliver trains students in healthful cooking

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