Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News

Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice for Nation's Restaurant News. He joined NRN 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, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.




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in Food Writer's Diary Nov 20, 2015

The Pink Tea Cup settles into its new home

I don't normally review restaurants, but I'm doing this one as a favor. Ask me about it sometime....More
in Food Writer's Diary Oct 27, 2015

How will WHO's findings on meat and cancer affect restaurants?

Blog: Could bacon and sausage now feel more decadent than ever?....More
in Food Writer's Diary Oct 15, 2015

Danny Meyer’s bold tipping decision

Blog: Two cultural shifts are needed to remove tipping from restaurants....More
in Food Writer's Diary Oct 09, 2015

Mixologists consider baijiu

Blog: Polite people would call baijiu polarizing, others might say it smells like diseased feet....More
in Food Writer's Diary Oct 08, 2015

Paul Prudhomme: A remembrance

The chef who introduced Cajun cuisine to the world was really looking for the perfect potato....More
in Food Writer's Diary Sep 25, 2015

If in doubt, put a burger on your menu

No matter how popular you think hamburgers are, they’re even more popular than that, but that doesn’t mean they belong everywhere....More
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in Food Writer's Diary Aug 06, 2015

Beyond Millennials: What to expect from the next generation

Blog: Generation Z, iGen or whatever you want to call them are the children of Generation X, and they’re practically cyborgs....More
in Food Writer's Diary Jun 30, 2015

Healthwashing: 'Clean' labels don’t mean the food’s any better for you

Blog: Consumers embrace food that they think is wholesome, but wholesome doesn't mean healthful....More
in Food Writer's Diary Jun 22, 2015

Menus of Change gives kudos to restaurants

Blog: At an annual conference on food, health and sustainability, restaurants earn top scores for their initiative....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 20, 2015

GMOs and other distractions

GMO-free items are one of many distractions that keep us from looking at the real problems with what we eat....More
What's Food Writer's Diary?

Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures.

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