Nusret Gökçe (born in 1983), nicknamed Salt Bae, is a Turkish chef, a trained butcher and owner of the popular restaurant chain Nusr-Et Steakhouse. His art of cooking and preparing meat became an internet sensation. Gökçe became more widely known through a series of viral internet videos and memes from January 2017 which show him "suavely" cutting meat and sprinkling salt. 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.
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, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, in Istanbul in 2010. The restaurant quickly became the sector’s leader with its top quality steaks, unprecedented service quality, boutique concept and still remains as number 1. By offering many unique options to meat lovers, Nusr-Et quickly brought extra flair to the steakhouse culture and still serves as an indispensable location for its guests. The restaurant became the one and only addresses for meat lovers since its opening and continues to be different and special with its rich food offerings, warm atmosphere and top notch service. Nusr-Et Steakhouse always prioritize its guest comforts and tasty habits in all of its branches and continues to be the number one choice for meat lovers in Istanbul Etiler, Istanbul Sandal Bedesteni, Ankara Kavaklıdere, D-Hotel Maris Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Miami and New York. Nusr-Et Burger accommodates all of its precious guests in its Bebek, Nişantaşı, Kenyon and İstinye Park branches.
This year (2019) the Turkish chef was also invited in the Survivor Show in Saint Dominic. He offered the extraordinary meats of his palette to feed the hungry players- winners of the survivor game- as he was the most delicious prize of one of their competitions!
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