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 Jun 12, 2014

Reflections on the Menus of Change conference

I’ve spent the past five days in the Boston area, getting my fill of omega-3 fatty acids and lean marine protein, and listening to how we can....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 29, 2014

You have some cricket on your teeth

Americans have a visceral aversion to eating insects, but there are indications that that’s changing a little bit....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 22, 2014

Beard Awards moving to Chicago, and that seems fine with most people

But the move represents a more long-term shift in the balance of power in the restaurant world....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 19, 2014

My favorite product at the National Restaurant Show

I enjoy drinking alcohol, but it's not for everyone or every occasion, obviously. Of course there are many options out there for non-drinkers,....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 14, 2014

Soylent Beige

For every trend there’s a counter trend....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 06, 2014

Reflections on the Beard Awards

“All the winners were wrong,” a journalist who is probably himself one of the judges for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 01, 2014

Taste of the Nation

Share Our Strength shouldn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong; it's a great organization, but its mission is to end childhood hunger in the....More
in Food Writer's Diary Apr 02, 2014

What the food at the Food & Wine Best New Chefs party means to you

A look at what was served at the party that kicks of the spring food scene in New York....More
in Food Writer's Diary Mar 27, 2014

You thought this was a Mexican restaurant? April Fool's!

Across the Street restaurant turns itself into a pop-up on April Fool's Day, and they say it’s not as hard as it looks....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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