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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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
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
Feb 21, 2014

What’s wrong with “Farmed and Dangerous”

Farmed and Dangerous is another move by Chipotle that obscures issues rather than clarifying them....More
Feb 13, 2014

A life story in chocolate

Raised on a chocolate plantation, Ivorian chef François Kwak-Dongo now has his own chocolate company....More
Feb 10, 2014

Say hello to Bocuse d'Or Team USA

This year's competition to represent the U.S. in Lyon was decidedly low-key....More
Feb 04, 2014

What do you mean, “gay food”?

The author moderates a panel on the odd notion of “gay food.”....More
Jan 02, 2014

What legal marijuana could mean for you

You can now buy marijuana in Colorado about as easily as you can buy beer. What will that mean for the state’s restaurants?....More
Dec 13, 2013

A brief open letter about tea

Complaints about hot tea service are pretty common. Why do you think that is?....More
Dec 06, 2013

Eating things with Faces

The author is surprised by the results of a debate over whether to accept the motion: Don't eat anything with a face....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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