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.

7 food and beverage trends to look for at the NRA Show
Alternative dips, new forms of seafood, better gluten-free products and more
Red Robin to roll out new kids’ menu
Lineup includes three new items, unlimited sides, bottomless drinks
A look at Red Robin's new kids' menu
Meatball Lollipops, twirly pasta to make menu debut
Menu Tracker: New items from Tim Hortons, Marble Slab Creamery, CiCi's Pizza, more 1
Starbucks, Cinnabon, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, others also introduce new menu items
Survey: Oysters becoming more popular among younger consumers
The mollusk finds particular favor among young men, Datassential finds
Panera names Drew Madsen president
Bakery-café operator also appoints Ken Koziol as executive vice president
Pizza Hut names Claes Petersson VP of innovation
Sonic VP of research and development to depart for pizza chain
MenuMasters 2015 winners: A closer look
Get an inside look at the award-winning dishes, menus and chefs driving innovation in foodservice
MenuMasters 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee: John Besh
Celebrated New Orleans chef gives back with thoughtful sourcing, community outreach
MenuMasters 2015 Limited-Time Offer: Aramark
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

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