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 Oct 18, 2016

Chefs turn carrot tops from waste into gold 

Blog: As awareness of food waste grows, chefs find uses for ingredients that used to be garbage....More
in Food Writer's Diary Oct 11, 2016

Chefs experiment with older meat 

Blog: Flavor, texture, sustainability and animal welfare are motivating some chefs to cook more mature animals....More
in Food Writer's Diary Aug 26, 2016

Proprietary oysters: Not that big a deal 

It’s nice to offer unusual ingredients, but don’t make that big a deal out of it....More
in Food Writer's Diary Aug 19, 2016

Operators see opportunity in sangria 

Blog: Sangria is enjoying a new spurt of popularity....More
in Food Writer's Diary Jul 26, 2016

Is the 'Impossible Burger' possible?

Blog: There’s a new meatless "meat" in town, but does it actually taste meaty?....More
in Food Writer's Diary Jul 14, 2016

How to bring the smoke to your s’mores

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse found a clever way to bring tiny campfires to midtown Manhattan dinner tables....More
Korean BBQ Meatballs
in Food Writer's Diary Jul 07, 2016

Gochujang is the next Sriracha

The Korean chile paste is starting to spread through chain restaurants....More
Hot dog toppings
in Food Writer's Diary Jun 30, 2016

How hot dog toppings can predict an economic downturn

Blog: JJ’s Red Hots recently released its list of the most popular toppings on its hot dogs, and man, is it boring....More
Wendy's burger
in Food Writer's Diary Jun 03, 2016

Wendy's celebrates the unexpected with American Authors

Blog: In which the author is invited to a semi-impromptu jam session by American Authors....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 24, 2016

Top 10 weird flavors from Coca-Cola Freestyle

Blog: Top 10 weird flavors from Coca-Cola Freestyle....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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