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Bret Thorn
Works at Nation's Restaurant News
Attended Tufts
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
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Food Writer
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Senior food editor, 1999 - present
  • New York Sun
    columnist, 2006 - 2008
  • Manager Media International
    1992 - 1997
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Brooklyn, NY
Denver - Denver - Paris - Boston - Bangkok - Nanjing - Beijing

Award winning columnist Bret Thorn is senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News (, a trade publication for the food service industry, with responsibility for spotting and reporting on culinary trends across the country. His blog, Food Writer’s Diary, is popular among chefs, restaurateurs and food enthusiasts.

From 2006 to 2008 he also wrote the Kitchen Dish column for The New York Sun, covering restaurant openings and chefs’ career moves.

He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999 after spending about five years in Thailand, where he wrote articles about business, banking and finance as well as restaurant reviews and food columns for Manager magazine and Asia Times newspaper.

A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Thorn also studied traditional French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Other than an article on dessert mousses that was published when he was 17, Mr. Thorn got his first taste of professional journalism as a student in China in 1988 and 1989, when he worked for ABC News during the 1989 events in Tiananmen Square.

His monthly column in Nation’s Restaurant News won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column.

He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

  • Tufts
  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Peking University
  • Nanjing University
  • Denver East High School
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