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Kaelin Ulrich Leaving Bajo Sexto to Travel Abroad, Stage

Jeremy Britt will take the reins

Kaelin Ulrich (second from left) with his Bajo Sexto team

Kaelin Ulrich, the talented young 24-year-old chef that opened the Jonathan Waxman-backed Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge and its more casual counterpart Bajo Sexto Taco, is leaving the restaurant.

Ulrich announced the move earlier this morning via social media:

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He tells the Nashville Scene that he plans to "just....travel around the world a little. Stage in some kitchens around the world. I just want to see what else is out there for now[.] I might come back to Nashville, but for now I'm just going to take a little time to travel and learn some more. Nashville's definitely been good to me, but for now a little bit of travel and find some inspiration as a chef, you know?"

Howard Greenstone, co-owner of Bajo Sexto and mentor to Ulrich, tells Eater that Ulrich’s travel plans include stops at the Noma residency in Tulum, Mexico, as well as staging at a new Marcus Samuelsson taqueria in London that will open next to his soon-to-open Red Rooster outpost.

As for the future of Bajo Sexto, Greenstone says that it will continue to thrive, with Ulrich having offered to stay on as a consultant to help develop additional flavors. But in terms of the day-to-day, Jeremy Britt, a former executive chef who came to Waxman’s Adele’s before moving over to Bajo Sexto about a month and a half ago, will take the reins while Greenstone begins the search “to find another young kid who wants an opportunity like Kaelin had.”

“I love Kaelin. He’s a true, true talent, and I respect him tremendously for wanting to go out and seek more knowledge. Everyone asks me if I’m upset, and I say no, he is mature beyond his years to want to go out and learn more. I’m a big advocate, our door will always be open for him, and we wish him the best.”

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