|Salt Bae Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||August 9, 1983|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Salt Bae is a Turkish butcher, chef, and restaurateur who owns a chain of luxury steak houses in Turkey and across the world under the brand name Nusr-Et. He had shot to fame in January 2017 after a video titled Ottoman Steak was posted on his restaurant’s Twitter account. The video went viral and had depicted him stylishly cutting, preparing, and seasoning meat, and sprinkling salt on his dishes. His peculiar way of sprinkling salt soon became a global meme and earned him the moniker of ‘Salt Bae’. The newfound fame helped him expand his business throughout the world and his popularity was sustained by celebrities, sportspersons, and politicians from across the globe visiting his restaurants and posing for pictures with him. He has been involved in several charitable acts in Turkey, including the building of a school in his home province of Erzurum.
Paşalı, Erzurum, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
Salt Bae, due to the financial condition of his family, had dropped out from school in the 6th grade, to work as a butcher’s apprentice in the Kadıköy district of İstanbul.
Butcher, Chef, Restaurateur
- Father – Faik Gökçe (Former Mineworker)
- Mother – Fatma Gökçe
- Siblings – Erman Gökçe (Brother) (Chef), Özgür Gökçe (Brother) (Chef), Uğur Gökçe (Brother) (Chef)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Kurdish descent.
- Toned physique
- Sports a goatee
- Side-parted hair, tied in a ponytail
- Always makes an appearance in his signature round glasses
Salt Bae Facts
- Between 2007 and 2010, Salt Bae had traveled across the world, including to countries such as Argentina and the United States, to work for free in local restaurants to earn experience as a cook and a restaurateur. Upon returning to Turkey, he had opened his first restaurant in İstanbul, in 2010.
- In December 2017, he had faced severe backlash for posting a picture from 2016 where he was posing in front of an image of Fidel Castro, the controversial and polarising Cuban revolutionary and politician who had served as the country’s prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and its President from 1976 to 2008.
- In September 2018, the then Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro had dined at his İstanbul restaurant due to which he was called a ‘weirdo’ by American politician Marco Rubio. A senator from Florida, Rubio had later tweeted the contact information of Salt Bae’s Miami restaurant, thereby doxxing it.
- In November 2019, 4 former employees of his restaurant had accused him of getting a share of their tips. They had alleged that Salt Bae had fired them from his New York restaurant after they had raised the aforementioned issue with the hotel’s management. The case was set to be tried at a court but was ultimately settled after Salt Bae had agreed to pay them an amount of USD 230k. Clarifying his position, he had stated that the employees had been fired as he was not satisfied with their performance and they had created an issue out of nothing just to malign him.
- In November 2022, Salt Bae shared a picture on his social media of a restaurant bill of one of his customers of AED 615,065 at his UAE’s Abu Dhabi-based restaurant. The bill was inclusive of 5% VAT.
- In December 2022, Salt Bae was banned from the US Open Cup final for soccer to be held in 2023. This action was taken after seeing his behavior at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final held in Qatar whereby he was seen holding the trophy which is in violation of FIFA rules.
Featured Image by Salt Bae / Instagram