|Occupation||Chef and restaurateur|
Nusret Gökçe ([nusˈɾet ɟøcˈt͡ʃe], born in 1983), nicknamed Salt Bae, is a Turkish chef and restaurateur who owns Nusr-Et, a chain of Turkish steak houses. His art of cooking and preparing meat became an internet sensation. He is a trained butcher and chef.
Gökçe was born in Erzurum, Turkey. His father was a mineworker. Because of financial problems his family was facing, he dropped out of school in the 6th grade and started working as a butcher's apprentice in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul. He is of Kurdish origin.
Gökçe visited several countries such as Argentina and the United States between 2007 and 2010, where he worked in local restaurants for free, in order to gain experience as a cook and a restaurateur. After his return to Turkey, Gökçe opened his first restaurant in Istanbul in 2010. Four years later, in 2014, he opened a Dubai restaurant. After its success in Dubai, Gökçe opened in Abu Dhabi three years later in 2017.
Early professional reviews in 2018 of his New York City steakhouse were generally negative. Eater’s Robert Sietsema described the steaks as “rubbery and low on flavor.” The Post’s Steve Cuozzo called the restaurant “Public Rip-off No. 1” and Joshua David Stein wrote in GQ that the steak is “mundane,” and the hamburgers “overcooked.”
Salt Bae meme
His fame came from a viral video, "Ottoman Steak", posted on 7 January 2017 on his restaurant's Twitter account. It was viewed 10 million times on Instagram, after which he was dubbed "Salt Bae" because of his iconic way of sprinkling salt: letting salt to fall down on his forearm then spread on the meat. He was later interviewed by NBC News, where he said "The shape of the meat and the taste of it starting from the top down is a part of me... All of my feelings are coming from inside of the meat down to when I put the salt onto the meat." He later parodied himself in posing with his ballot while voting in the 2017 Turkish referendum.
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- "Simone Biles happily had food seasoned by 'the one and only' Salt Bae at Laureus Awards". 15 February 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
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- ‘Salt Bae’ caught posing as Fidel Castro — and he just opened a Miami restaurant CARLOS FRÍAS Miami Herald DECEMBER 03, 2017
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- "Rudaw, Nusret'in ailesiyle röportaj yaptı". Ensonhaber.
- "Meşhur Nusret Kürt çıktı!".
- "Nusret Gökçe kimdir?". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
- "Nusret restaurant to open at Four Seasons Dubai - What's On". What's On Dubai. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
- Simone Biles happily had food seasoned by ‘the one and only’ Salt Bae at Laureus Awards Alysha Tsuji, USA Today, February 14, 2017
- 'Salt Bae' restaurateur slammed for Fidel Castro impersonation photo Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, 12/5/2017
- Salt Bae Officially Goes Too Far Clint Rainey, January 25, 2018
- Reviews Trash Salt Bae’s New Restaurant, Calls His Food ‘Bland and Boring’ Complex magazine, Sajae Elder, JAN 26, 2018
- "Instagram post by Nusr_et#Saltbae • Jan 7, 2017 at 10:44am UTC" – via Instagram.
- "Meet "Salt Bae," Turkish chef who became internet sensation". NBC News. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- This is how to vote: Salt Bae casts ballot in Turkish referendum, and yes, it was amazing Emily Heil, Washington Post, April 16, 2017 (subscription required)