If there’s one name that’s been plastered all over your social media feed this week, it’s likely Salt Bae.
The Turkish restaurateur, real name Nusret Gökçe, opened his latest luxury restaurant in London last month – with already infamous price tags.
Salt Bae, 38, became an internet sensation in 2017 when his unique antics of slicing steaks and sprinkling with salt took the world by storm on social media.
Bruno Mars visited his restaurant and filmed the star pouting seductively and pouring salt from his hand, posed like a swan, on a plate of meat below.
Racking up two and a half million views overnight – and now 17 million in total – Twitter fans went wild and dubbed the mysterious chef “Salt Bae.”
Since then, his Instagram feed – followed by 39 million people – has focused on his weird and downright wonderful steak-serving technique.
After opening its 14th restaurant in Knightsbridge, London, Salt Bae has once again found itself at the center of its pricing discussions.
One of the first diners at the new restaurant has revealed it costs £ 1,182 for a family meal – including four redbulls for £ 44 and a 24k gold steak for £ 790.
Do you think this is crazy? The steak-cooking star is rumored to be now worth £ 38million thanks to her online fame and has many famous friends.
Everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Rihanna has visited the restaurant chain to be dazzled by his salt-dusting skills.
Here, we’ve picked out some of the craziest moments in Salt Bae’s internet history – from drone-delivered meat to star service.
MEAT DELIVERED BY DRONE
You just can’t get the staff these days – or at least that appears to be the case with Salt Bae, who has been spotted using drones to deliver his meat.
The star took to her Instagram while working at her restaurant in Beverley Hills to show off how her steaks are brought to the kitchen.
A white drone could be seen shuttling between vegetables and meat from the kitchen, before overseeing the grilling process.
“My New Exclusive Leader,” Salt Bae captioned the video of him commanding the drone. We wonder if he will get any of the tips.
SUNG BY ANDREA BOCELLI
Salt Bae has many famous friends who visit his restaurant often, including world famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
In August, the chef could be seen being rocked by the opera singer as he stood over a stove in his steak house in Mykonos, Greece.
Andrea, 63, sang the Elvis hit Can’t Help Falling In Love as he held his chef pal by the shoulder, who couldn’t help but share his excitement.
“Wow only special to me,” the Turkish chef captioned the video, where he could be seen singing softly and mumbling “wow”.
GOING OUT WITH DJ KHALED
DJ Khaled is another famous friend of the chef, who he was seen with as they gave a motivational speech together.
While Salt Bae dressed for the occasion in a white suit and red shirt, the DJ kept things casual with a white top and yellow silk pants.
“You witness and you watch greatness,” the record producer could be heard as he and Salt Bae sat side by side.
“Life is what you make of it, so do it right. You see my brother working every day, you see him on Instagram, he doesn’t take a day off.
“You see him in Dubai, Turkey, New York, Miami – I haven’t seen him take a day off. The empire is already big and it’s being built.”
High praise from DJ Khaled, who concluded: “Another.”
Footballers love Salt Bae – with all the top stars from David Beckham to Lionel Messi having visited his best restaurants.
Earlier this year, PSG star Kylian Mbappe was seen cooking alongside the chef, slicing up a large chunk of steak and coating it in salt.
Salt Bae could be seen watching closely behind him, but we don’t think he’ll be hiring the footballer anytime soon.
FEEDING CONOR MCGREGOR
If all of his other famous friends weren’t impressive enough, Salt Bae showed up earlier this year by feeding Conor McGregor steak.
The MMA star drove to the restaurant alongside his wife and kids, their ordering not one but TWO gold-coated steaks to eat.
Conor, 33, could be seen watching the chef slice up the meat before letting him sprinkle it with seasoning himself.
The chef then scooped up a piece of meat with his ultra-sharp knife and hung it over the fighter, who ate it while it was suspended in mid-air.
The new friends then walked around the restaurant together in McGregor’s signature style.
MEAT CUTTING HABIT
Perhaps one of the strangest trends on Salt Bae’s Instagram account is his habit of slapping steaks before grilling them.
Dozens of videos show the Turkish chef slamming, slamming and massaging chunks of steak – and in one video doing all three at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Seeing his next shot after the clip, Salt Bae could be seen giving the piece of meat a sultry massage with rosemary infused butter.
We don’t know if it’s sensual or just weird …
FUCK THE COWS
Salt Bae appears to be involved in his restaurant’s food supply chain from start to finish, including where his beef comes from.
And he doesn’t hesitate to get closer to his meat, as he was seen getting kissed by a cow in a bizarre video.
Leaning towards the animal’s face, Salt Bae let the cow lick it off the lips and chin – captioning the video, “She said, I’m licking it.”
BUY A HOTEL
His success seems unstoppable – and there’s no shortage of cash for Salt Bae these days, as he’s often seen splashing.
The chef even bought the five-star Macka Palas hotel in Istanbul in 2019, for 50 million euros.
The star posed as he signed an official contract in a video that has since been watched by more than five million of his fans.
“Today I have achieved my dream and my goal of always being my own hotel. I am very proud to announce that I bought the diamond from the Hayatt Istanbul Nisantasi Park hotel”, he said. written on Instagram.
With all the money, fame, and power Salt Bae managed to amass, it’s no surprise that he emulated the Godfather.
He could be seen being driven to a beautiful estate in the heart of Italy, pulling a cigar out of the back of the old-fashioned car.
Followed by two intimidating bodyguards, Salt Bae – who captioned the video “part two” – disappeared into the magnificent stately home.