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Turkish restaurateur Nusret Gökçe captured the public’s imagination with an Instagram video that showed him applying salt to a steak like it was some kind of shimmering fairy dust. The hot butcher was soon dubbed saltbae and he used his fame to expand his business into Britain and the U.S.
The saltbae “sprinkling” image can be used to indicate that you’re either adding a little extra flair to something, or you’re completely overdoing it.
Turkish chef Nusret Gökce knows a thing or two about his meats. The restaurant owner already has quite the social media following because people just can’t get over the dramatic and often sensual way in which he beats, treats, and eats his meats. He recently broke the internet after posting a video demonstrating his apt knife skills . . . and the theatrical finesse with which he adds seasoning to his steak. And thus, saltbae, the internet’s new favorite sex icon, was born.
Twitter users took note of his sassy demeanor and naturally used it as the perfect fuel for 2017’s best new meme, often using it to describe how extra they are. Keep reading to laugh your ass off at some of the most hilarious saltbae memes so far.
And who could blame the Internet? Especially after a deep dive through his trove of meat-spanking, grill slapdowns and tri-tip waggling videos that can only be described as “foodporn” — emphasis on the “porn.”
On January 7th, 2017, Gökçe uploaded a video of himself carving a steak and sprinkling salt over his forearm on to the meat (shown below). Within 48 hours, the video gained over 2.4 million views and 8,700 comments. That day, Twitter user @lolalissaareposted the video along the the message “so this is saltbae”
saltbae, a Turkish chef named Nusret Gökçe who owns a chain of six steakhouses, already had a pretty decent Instagram following, but went full-blown viral after a new video of him sprinkling salt on a perfectly deboned steak became a meme to illustrate the moments when you’re being the most.