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Bracero Splits With Founding Chef de Cuisine

A chef shuffle shocker

Photo: Cintia Soto
Photo: Cintia Soto

A major kitchen shakeup went down this week at Bracero, the nearly year-old but still scorching-hot Little Italy restaurant that was one of the biggest openings of 2015.

The industry, and our inbox, is all atwitter over the management's decision to part ways with its chef de cuisine Claudette Aimee Wilkins, who worked at Sea180 in Imperial Beach and the East Village's Jsix before she was tapped to help open and lead the massively-anticipated Javier Plascencia project.

Eater reached out to the restaurant for official word and was told that Javier Plascencia will be spending more time in Bracero's kitchen and that there are no current plans to replace her.

Now a free agent, Wilkins shared that she is considering several job offers but may take some time off, saying "I opened the most anticipated restaurant and never compromised on flavor and ingredients. The chapter closed and now I'm excited to travel and create. I have so much more up my tattooed sleeve." Follow the chef on Instagram at @claudettewilkins.

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