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

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
in Food Writer's Diary Dec 03, 2015

Food waste: The big food issue for 2016

Food waste will likely be a topic of much discussion and a fair amount of action in the coming year....More
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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