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.




Posts by Bret Thorn

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
in Food Writer's Diary May 13, 2016

Keller veteran opens learning, networking space

Blog: Journee seeks to offer outside training for cooks and servers....More
in Food Writer's Diary May 02, 2016

A new type of mushroom burger

Blog: The James Beard Foundation and the Mushroom Council team up for the Blended Burger Project....More
Baskin-Robbins ice cream cookie sandwich
in Food Writer's Diary Apr 14, 2016

Baskin-Robbins snuck ice cream sandwiches into its stores

Blog: What else does the chain have in the works?....More
in Food Writer's Diary Feb 26, 2016

Arby’s starts weird Leap Day tradition

The quick service sandwich chain is at it again, picking on vegetarians....More
in Food Writer's Diary Jan 21, 2016

New York City restaurants' 'hospitality included' movement slowly picks up steam

New York City restaurateurs who have done away with tipping in their restaurants discuss the results....More
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