The food in his restaurants may be delicious, supposedly, but Salt Bae seems to be the most obnoxious person on the planet right now. After the completely unacceptable show he gave during the World Cup final in Qatar, this time the Turkish chef managed to anger people again because of his behaviour.
More specifically, as we saw in a video posted by a TikTok user that immediately went viral, Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, himself went to serve people who were sitting at one of the tables at his Nusr-Et Steakhouse Doha restaurant.
They bought one of his famous steaks, paid 560 euros, but the Turkish chef was talking to someone on his phone through headphones!
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As one can easily understand, the clients was not at all pleased with Nusret's show, then giving a single star to Google reviews.
And this is not something that happens for the first time. After all, Salt Bae's restaurants seem to be full of negative reviews from unhappy customers - not with the taste exactly, but with the general behaviour of the chef.
Ehtisham Aziz, the TikToker in question, branded him 'super disrespectful' and said the quality of food was also poor.
Aziz gave the experience a minus 20 out of 10, saying: 'He made us pay $600 (£500) to come cut the steak at the table.
'He was talking to someone on his AirPods at our table, super disrespectful.'
Aziz then claimed his cousin asked Salt Bae to autograph his football but the internet celebrity threw it away instead.
In summary, the customer said: 'I would not recommend. Waste of money and extremely rude staff.'
Salt Bae shot to overnight fame in 2017 when footage of him sprinkling salt over a meat platter gained him internet stardom.
He has opened over 22 restaurants across the US, UK, Greece and Dubai, which have been savaged by critics as overpriced but appear to be a hit with the public.
He sparked outrage last week when he appeared on the pitch after the World Cup final, celebrating with Lionel Messi and his teammates and even holding the iconic trophy.
FIFA are now investigating how he was allowed to break tournament rules which left a bitter taste in the mouth for football fans around the world.
'Following a review, FIFA has been establishing how individuals gained undue access to the pitch after the closing ceremony at Lusail stadium on 18 December. The appropriate internal action will be taken,' a spokesperson told SportsMail.
Born in August 1983, Nusret was one of five children. His father Faik Gökçe worked as a miner and would have to spend months at a time away from the family's home in poverty-stricken suburb east of Istanbul.
Speaking to The Times in 2019, Nusret explained how he often went to school wearing shoes and shirts that didn't fit as his parents could afford to buy him anything else.
Nusret claims he left school at the age of 12 and started working as a butcher's apprentice to help his father our with the family's finances.
He recalled: 'I woke up at 6 o’clock, 2 hours on the train commute and 30 minutes after the train in the bus. Then all day long, standing and working. No day off and no vacation.'
While working in Turkish steakhouses, the aspiring chef had to work his way up from the bottom and his responsibilities reportedly included washing dishes.
Speaking to NBC in 2017, Nusret explained: 'Since I was 14, I worked more than 13 hours a day as a kitchen runner for a butcher. I was always wishing and wishing to open up a restaurant.'
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