SALT Bae features a “permanently reserved” table as a shrine to the late Diego Maradona in its latest desperate publicity stunt.
The Cringey video resurfaced after the fame-hungry chef was criticized for molesting Lionel Messi in embarrassing scenes following Argentina’s World Cup win.
The Turkish chef and Instagram star – real name Nusret Gökçe – has posted a short clip from an outdoor table at his steakhouse in Dubai.
Two seats are raised, but only a plate and cutlery are set – and a brass “reserved” sign.
Also on the table are a bouquet of flowers, a lit candle and a garish painting by Salt Bae of football legend Maradona, who died in 2020.
He captioned the video: “Reserve Forever.”
The painting appears to be based on a photo, as the Argentine icon is wearing the same outfit he wore when he visited the restaurant in 2018.
Salt Bae’s maudlin tribute came even as Maradona hilariously poked fun at the chef’s “sprinkle” gimmick to the face.
Video from the period shows the star’s reaction after being asked to mimic Gökçe’s trademark salt gesture.
Instead, he takes a pinch of salt and scornfully dabs his fingers in the air just below the chef’s nose.
Earlier this week, Salt Bae shared an old video of him hugging Lionel Messi after being trolled on the pitch about the footballer’s snub.
Messi and his wife visited the same steakhouse in Dubai in 2018.
France ace Paul Pogba was there too and the chef made sure to get in between the two footballers for a photo.
Gökçe’s throwback video shows him shaking Messi’s hand and hugging him tightly, then talking animatedly while pointing the finger at the Barcelona striker.
His self-promotional video was captioned simply: “The Champion.”
Supporters said it was “cringe” and accused him of a desperate attempt to prove he’s friends with Messi after being given the cold shoulder days earlier.
After the World Cup final, Gökçe was filmed grabbing the Argentina captain’s shoulder at least twice.
Messi tried to shake him off before finally agreeing to pose for an awkward photo.
The fame-hungry chef was gunned down by his own fans for his desperate attempts to get close to the soccer star.
One said: “This is embarrassing.”
Another said: “He wants to prove he wasn’t ghosted by Messi.”
As well as harassing Messi, he was caught on film joining the Argentina team’s celebrations and snatching the trophy from a winner’s baby.
Gökçe also pretended to do his signature salt-scattering trick over the £17m gold trophy while irritated players stood by.
And boastful pictures on his Insta page showed him kissing the trophy and holding it up like a champion.
The disgraceful spectacle reportedly flouted Fifa rules, which say only past winners and heads of state can handle it.
BBC presenter Gary Lineker shared footage of his attention-grabbing antics, saying: “He’s such a nuisance.”
And former FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “I don’t think Fifa and Infantino came out of it very well.”
Fifa has reportedly declined to say whether Salt Bae has been granted access to the pitch.
It did not respond to The Sun Online’s request for comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6970760/salt-bae-table-reserved-maradona-dubai/ Salt Bae’s latest bizarre stunt features a table permanently reserved for the late Maradona at his Dubai restaurant