Nusret Gokce, better known as Salt Bae, has become one of the most famous chefs in the world thanks to the curious gesture he makes to add salt to the final dish. Something that has made millions share videos of the Turkish butcher making himself viral Worldwide.
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The Turkish chef’s success on social media 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.
Salt Bae rose to meme stardom in 2017 when a video of him spreading salt on his forearm over a steak went viral. Social networks they have been his life force for years, allowing him to grow in fame and his business. But not everything has been rosy on the Internet.
SALT BAE AND THE PHOTOS HE DELETED
In late 2017, Salt Bae was embroiled in controversy over a photo in which he went out smoking a cigar with an image of Fidel Castro in the background. Due to the numerous criticisms and threats of sabotage to his, at that time, newly opened restaurant in Miami, the Turkish chef had to remove the image.
Months later, some videos with Nicolás Maduro put him again at the center of the controversy. The videos broadcast by Salt Bae’s social networks showed the president and his wife, Cilia Flores, enjoying a cut of meat served by the chef himself and after some cigars.
The famous chef also gave them some promotional t-shirts and Maduro reciprocated with an invitation to Caracas. “A very nice man […] He told me several times that he greatly admires Venezuela”, Maduro said in a public message after the videos of his lunch were known.
The images generated great outrage on social networks in Venezuela, a country that has been going through an economic crisis in recent years. Among the comments, the Colombian singer J Balvin insulted the Venezuelan president. Once again, Turkish chef Salt Bae was forced to take down the post.
“A lot of people criticize it even before this. But actually I don’t think he has a political orientation. He always posts photos and videos of the personalities who visit him, because he is very media-oriented and seeks to do marketing. He is only looking for popularity and I think that was what he was also looking for in this case, although it did not work out very well for him, ”Turkish journalist Onur Erem explains to the BBC.
SALT BAE AND ITS 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. He opened his 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”.
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 dollarsand 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.
HOW MUCH DOES A SALT BAE EMPLOYEE EARN?
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
- 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
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