Ever since the following video of an incredibly attractive man making moves on a piece of meat was propelled to viral fame back in January, the internet has been obsessed with finding the answer to one simple question: who the hell is this he?
The meat magician, otherwise known as Salt Bae, is the internet’s latest and greatest meme with a whopping 3.5 million Instagram followers and enough flesh finesse to make even a vegan’s mouth water.
But who on Earth is he? Well, it turns out Salt Bae is actually a Turkish restauranteur called Nusret Gökçe. Gökçe is co-owner of the star-studded steak house Nusr-Et. The restaurant, with six locations in Turkey and Dubai, has quite the celebrity clientele. Even Leo’s visited.
According to an interview with the Turkish media outlet Aksam, Gökçe was born in 1983 and grew up in the seaside town Darica, just outside of Istanbul. Gökçe became a butcher’s apprentice in his teens when, due to cash flow issues, he was unable to attend school. He opened his first restaurant in 2010.
According to the interview, Gökçe was not married at that time. However, if a recent Instagram post is to be believed, it looks like Gökçe has a rather large family after all.
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