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Who Is Salt Bae And Why Is He So Famous?

Laura Sanders

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Who Is Salt Bae And Why Is He So Famous?

If you're a social media user, you're more than likely to have heard the name Salt Bae. But who exactly is he? And how much is he worth now that he's a viral meme?

Who is Salt Bae and why is he so famous?

Salt Bae is a Turkish chef, restaurateur and social media personality whose real name is Nusret Gökçe. He owns the luxury steak house chain Nusr-Et, which has restaurants all over the world and recently came to London.

He was nicknamed Salt Bae after a meme of him seasoning meat in 2017 went viral. Salt Bae is known for his peculiar and suave way of sprinkling salt on meat.


His exposure on the internet has led him to serving celebrities and politicians all over the world, but he didn't come from riches.

Salt Bae doing his iconic salt sprinkling action on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. (Credit: PA)
Salt Bae doing his iconic salt sprinkling action on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. (Credit: PA)

Born on 9th August 1983, Salt Bae turned 38-years-old on his birthday in 2021. He was born to a Kurdish family in Erzurum, Turkey and left school at age 11 to become a butcher's apprentice and help with the family's finances. It was being an apprentice which inspired him to learn to become a chef.

What is Salt Bae's net worth in 2021?


Salt Bae is estimated to be worth an eye-watering $60 million (£44 million) in 2021.

Although the world has only really known Salt Bae since 2017, his restaurant venture began in 2010 and he's put some hard graft into building up his steak house empire.

Not to mention, being a personal chef to the rich and famous is bound to come with a nice pay packet - not to mention the exposure and seal of approval you can get from them.

But aside from those things, the prices of his food might explain why he's worth so much too.


How much is a Salt Bae steak?

According to Insider, you can expect to hand over around £1000 for a meal at Salt Bae's new London restaurant, which opened in September 2021 - and people are feeling ripped off, posting their bills to social media.

A steak will reportedly set you back £630 in 2021, then you've got your sides, starters, desserts and drinks to consider. Not to mention - a hefty service charge.

Other notable items on the new London Nusr-Et menu include a £100 "golden burger," a £23 salad, a £12 sweet corn dish, and a £11 Red Bull.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@nusr_et

Topics: Food And Drink, Social Media

Laura Sanders
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