Former Nusr-Et restaurant employees share what it’s like to work with Salt Bae


Nusret Gökçe, known worldwide as Salt Bae, has become one of the most renowned chefs in the world thanks to the theatrical way in which he salts his dishes. Something that has made millions of people share their videos of themselves viral on social networks.

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The success of the Turkish chef and butcher led to the opening of luxury restaurants not only in Istanbul but also in cities What Doha, New York, Mykonos, Miami or London. All of them very fashionable and highly requested by the most demanding clients and the most international celebrities.

However, customer criticism has become frequent in recent weeks. Now too experiences have come to light of the employees and former employees of the restaurant chain of the acclaimed Turkish butcher. Through the Internet it has been possible to know the opinions of the workers.

Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, is a Turkish chef and butcher who owns Nusr-Et, a Turkish chain of steakhouses. (Photo: Instagram | nusr_et)

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WORK AT NUSR-ET

Salt Bae has been criticized by his own staff for the way they have been treated in his restaurants around the world. According to the British website MyLondon, employees have accused the luxury restaurant chain Nusr-Et of “rule by fear” and not respect or care for them.

On employee review website Glassdoor, employees have written about their experiences at the steakhouse chain, getting Nusr-Et with a low average rating of 2.6 out of 5The Sun reports.

Only 35% of those who left a review said they would recommend working at the restaurant chain to a friend. A former employee of the Nusr-Et branch in the city of Dallas, Texas, United States, who worked as a waiter, wrote: “Good pay, but that’s about it”.

This is what the Salt Bae restaurant in London looks like inside.  (Photo: OpenTable)

This is what the Salt Bae restaurant in London looks like inside. (Photo: OpenTable)

A former manager of the New York restaurant shared a similar view, calling the restaurant “ruled by fear”. They also added that they thought the “company doesn’t care about the employees.” A third employee wrote: “Terrible place! Run away!!!”

However, not all reviews were negative, with seven employees rating the restaurant chain five stars. A current employee wrote: “Good hours, excellent management honestly”. Another former employee wrote: “Passion, food, work with Salt Bae.”

CONTROVERSY OVER PRICES

Nusret, 38, currently has 17 restaurants in his chain and has a legion of celebrity devotees, including DJ Khaled, Leonardo DiCaprio and David Beckham. It opened its London branch in October, with famous and influencers eager to taste the dishes of the Internet celebrity.

Recently, a millionaire who dined at the new London restaurant claimed via social media that “not worth it” and that the prices charged in the establishment are “exorbitant”.

Salt Bae's restaurant offers a steak covered in gold for nearly $2,000.  (Photo: Instagram)

Salt Bae’s restaurant offers a steak covered in gold for nearly $2,000. (Photo: Instagram)

Since Salt Bae opened his restaurant in London last September, more than one diner has been surprised by the excessive cost of table service, which came to 6,900 dollars, and numerous clients expressed their dismay about the accounts through social networks.

According to Chiraag Suchak, a 33-year-old millionaire, a meal at the restaurant isn’t even worth it. “How could a man justify charging $15 for a drink or $870 for a steak?”, told the British outlet MyLondon about his experience at the Salt Bae venue.

However, the dozens of complaints and criticisms from customers against its premises located in the city of London have become quite frequent in recent weeks. So much so that even the most renowned gastronomic critics They have visited Salt Bae’s restaurant to comment on it.

SALARIES OFFERED BY SALT BAE

The Turkish Butcher’s Restaurant Salt Bae in London opened last September and the London branch continue looking for jobs administrative positions such as cashiers and maintenance personnel, as well as positions in the kitchen such as waiters, sushi and grill chefs.

In most jobs have been published in an ad on the Caterer.com website staff with previous experience is requested. Here are all the positions and salaries that are offered:

  • Restaurant cashier – £13.00 an hour
  • Sushi Chef – £14.00 an hour plus tips
  • Cocktail Waitress – £15.00 an hour plus tips
  • Handyman – £13.00 an hour
  • Restroom Attendant – Competitive Salary

The positions and salaries offered by Salt Bae's restaurant in London.  (Photo: Caterer.com)

The positions and salaries offered by Salt Bae’s restaurant in London. (Photo: Caterer.com)
  • Boss sommelier – Competitive salary
  • Game Master – Between £12.00 and £13.50 an hour plus tips
  • Waiters/waitresses – £15.00 an hour plus tips
  • Busboy – Between £12.00 and £13.50 an hour plus tips
  • Grill Chef – Competitive Salary

Note: 1 pound sterling is equal to 1.36 US dollars

SALT BAE PRICES IN LONDON

Salt Bae restaurant prices in London.  (Photo: Nusr-Et Steakhouse London)

Salt Bae restaurant prices in London. (Photo: Nusr-Et Steakhouse London)

Salt Bae restaurant prices in London.  (Photo: Nusr-Et Steakhouse London)

Salt Bae restaurant prices in London. (Photo: Nusr-Et Steakhouse London)

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