After his irritating World Cup antics, Salt Bae has been disqualified from the US Open Cup.
Who is Salt Bae?
Nusret Gökçe, often known as Salt Bae, is a Turkish butcher, chef, culinary performer, and restaurant. In January 2017, his method for seasoning and cooking meat became viral on the Internet.
He is the owner of the upscale steakhouse brand Nusr-Et. He has Nusr-Et offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey as of 2021. His name and the Turkish word for meat, “Et,” were combined to create the name of his network of restaurants.
Nusret Gökçe was born to a Kurdish family in Erzurum. Faik, his father, worked as a miner. He had to drop out of school in the sixth grade (aged 11–12) because of the family’s financial situation in order to work as an apprentice butcher in Istanbul’s Kadköy neighborhood.
What’s the fuss about?
The most renowned and oldest soccer competition in America has barred the famous celebrity chef Salt Bae, actual name Nusret Gökçe, from competing.
The US Open Cup tweeted yesterday (December 21): “Salt Bae is thus barred from the 2023 @opencup Final.”
Therefore, don’t anticipate the restaurateur visiting the Land of Opportunity any time soon.
It follows the chef’s disturbance during the World Cup final.
The Turkish salt sprinkler suddenly found its way onto the field as players were spotted celebrating with their family after Argentina defeated France 4-2.
Even the man of the moment, Lionel Messi, was approached by Salt Bae for a short photo.
The Turkish butcher gave Messi a touch on the shoulder while donning his trademark sunglasses. Messi briefly glanced around, but he was having none of it and shook him off.
The footballer was being barraged with photo requests as the celebrations heated up; it would have been the ideal moment to go.
Salt Bae ignored the warning, persisted in harassing Messi, and eventually succeeded in getting a photo with him. He then shared the photo with his 49.8 million Instagram followers.
Along with several other team players, the 39-year-old also posed with Angel di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Otamendi, Paulo Dybala, and Alexis MacAllister.
The 18-carat gold World Cup trophy, estimated to be worth a staggering £17.7 million (AUD $31.8m or USD $21.3m), was even touched by Salt Bae.
Only a “select few,” including past champions and leaders of state, are permitted to touch the trophy, according to the FIFA World Cup.
As one person tweeted: “This is absurd, shame on FIFA for letting him to touch, kiss, and hold the World Cup,” many football fans were incensed. What is Salt Bae doing when he sprinkles salt on meat? “
One more said: “The vids this Salt Bae posted from the pitch are the absolute worst thing on his cringe-worthy Instagram account. In one of them, he is essentially attempting to wrestle Lisandro Martinez’s award away.
Another person said: “Salt Bae touching the World Cup Trophy. Like anyone can simply touch it. Please make it stop.”
For the time being, Salt Bae should probably limit his seasoning to expensive steak cuts.