A few days ago, the internet was blessed with a new meme—an erotic, knife wielding, salt-sprinkling chef the internet lovingly named "Salt Bae."
Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, is a snazzy and hella sensual Turkish chef who co-owns the popular steakhouse Nusr-et, which has six locations across Turkey and Dubai, and caters to celebrity clientele including Antonio Banderas and Tommy Hilfiger. And the name is fitting, because “et” means “meat” in Turkish.
What makes Salt Bae different than other famous chefs is the way he looks, the way he moves, and the way he cooks. First off, he almost looks like the sensual threeway lovechild of Johnny Depp, Fabio and culinary school.
But most notably, it's the way he treats the meat that caught everyone's attention. To him, those aren't just steaks; they are his lovers.
Please, pay attention to the way he sensually slaps the steaks like he would a naughty girl in the bedroom, the way he gently massages the big slabs of meat with butter to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and most memorably, how he artfully sprinkles salt over his elbow and onto the steaks like the meat-loving restaurateur he is, hence the name “Salt Bae.”
Did you catch that artsy salt-sprinkle at the end? Let's see that part again:
That, my friends, is the first meme of 2017. And even though Gökçe has been around for a while, the internet just saw this hilarious salt-flick, and lost its goddamn mind.
The salt-sprinkling sensation suddenly became so huge that Bruno Mars even tweeted the meme with the caption: "Annndddd I'm out."
But really, this guy is a pro when it comes to his meat. I've never seen anyone look at a steak the way he looks at his. It’s obvious he feels many strong emotions towards his meat... I mean, just look at him. He’s dry humping the air while sawing into those colossal chops.
This brings a whole new meaning to food porn. He fingers the steaks. He rubs them with butter. He gives them a goodnight kiss.
He is Salt Bae.