Who is Salt Bae aka Nusr-Et and how did he get famous? – The US sun

RESTAURANT and internet sensation Salt Bae first rose to fame in 2017 – and has had a thriving career ever since.

From his work life to family life, we have everything you need to know.

Salt Bae first rose to fame in 2017


Salt Bae first rose to fame in 2017Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

Who is Salt Bae?

Nusret Gökçe is the man behind the nickname – Salt Bae.

Salt Bae, born 1983, is a Turkish butcher, chef, food entertainer and restaurateur.

He was originally born in Erzurum to a Kurdish family – his father Faik who was a miner and his mother Fatma.

But during his time in the sixth grade, he had to leave school and work as a butcher’s apprentice in Istanbul – because of the family’s financial problems.

In his 20s, Gökçe took sticks to go to Buenos Aires to learn more about their beef and the butcher’s art.

The more he learned about steak, the more his dream of opening a restaurant grew – and that’s exactly what he did.

He now owns 22 restaurants worldwide.

He’s also the man behind the viral internet meme that blew up in early 2017.

The video of him lovingly preparing an Ottoman steak, posted on Jan. 7, 2017, quickly went viral — and before he knew it, his face was a meme being shared around the world.

His oddly sensual meat videos soon grew into a series of viral memes, with viewers particularly enthralled by the flamboyant way Nusret sprinkled a handful of salt crystals at the end of the clip.

Nusret quickly became a celebrity in her own right, cooking for the likes of David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, and DJ Khaled.

His Instagram page now has over 48 million followers.

He now lives a life that is worlds removed from his upbringing.

How did Nur-Et become famous?

Gökçe rose to fame through a series of viral internet videos and memes.

His fame came from a viral video, “Ottoman Steak,” which was released on January 7, 2017.

The video shows him slicing meat and sprinkling it with salt in a “polite” manner.

The video has been viewed more than 10 million times on Instagram, and at that moment he received the nickname “Salt Bae” because of his special way of salting meat.

And that name has stuck ever since.

What is Nusret’s net worth?

Gökçe opened his first Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Istanbul in 2010.

The brand grew and he opened restaurants across the Middle East including in Ankara, Doha and Dubai.

Back then, Gökçe shot to viral internet fame – and it enabled him to open a total of 13 restaurants and expand to America and Greece within a year.

In 2021, he opened the chain’s first London branch in posh Knightsbridge, bringing the number of restaurants worldwide to an impressive 15.

However, a meal at one of his establishments will cost you!

Due to the chain’s success (and high prices), Salt Bae’s 2021 net worth is estimated at a staggering US$60million (£44million).

Where are Salt Bae’s restaurants?

Nusret is now a co-owner of the steakhouse chain Nusr-Et (named after himself).

According to Turkish media, it is a million-dollar empire with 400 employees.

Nusr-et restaurants are spread all over the world.

You can find them in:

His brief opening of a restaurant in Boston garnered attention after a bizarre TikTok video surfaced of a woman twerking while Salt Bae filmed her.

What does SaltBae mean?

The word “bae” is colloquially used as a shortened version of the word “babe” or “baby”.

But despite Nusret’s affectionate affection for his flesh, the word “bae” is actually an acronym.

Salt Bae can be translated as “salt above all others”.

Is Nusret married and does he have children?

Nusret, aka Salt Bae, has been keeping his relationship status a secret since he rose to fame in 2017.

And just like his love life, his family life remains private.

However, speculation rose in 2016 when he posted a candid photo of himself and nine young children.

The snap showed Salt Bae with a newborn baby while nine other children crowded around him.

He captioned the pic, “The man who didn’t spend time with his family wasn’t a real man” – and this sent fans in the comments section into wild speculation.

One curious Instagram user wrote, “Does he really have nine kids???”

It has not been confirmed if Salt Bae has children.

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