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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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
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The Melting Pot Summer Seafood Catch
MenuMasters 2016 Best Limited-Time Offer: The Melting Pot
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Meet the 2016 MenuMasters Award winners
See how the award winners are exceeding the evolving demands of customers
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Sandwich chain sells 100 million sliders within months of their debut
 Jack in the Box's Classic Buttery Jack burger
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Premium ingredients elevate new burger offering
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Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy’s, Sweetgreen, IHOP, more
Restaurant chains introduce new sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more

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