A Salt Bae mega-fan slammed the internet sensation and “villain” after he gave him a “shrug” during a recent encounter.
The 39-year-old Turkish butcher, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, appeared to put the TikToker aside after pouring his heart out for its ‘inspiration’.
In the video, the devotee, whose nickname is Masala Bae, tells Salt Bae at one of his Nusr-Et restaurants: ‘I’m literally trying to be like you.
‘Never meet your heroes!’ A Salt Bae mega-fan has slammed the internet sensation and ‘villain’ after he gave a ‘shrug’ during a recent encounter.
‘I have learned everything from you, I make my own videos like you because you are my inspiration. You helped me start my own business.
Despite the heartfelt words, the restaurant owner simply claps his hands and replies, “Enjoy, go,” before turning away.
In a teaser clip before posting the images, the fan wrote: ‘Never meet your heroes. Either you die a hero or you live long enough to become a villain.
And alongside the shocking video, he wrote: ‘Full conversation with Saltbae. he hurt me [crying emoji] Not my hero anymore #saltbae #saltlife #foodtok #tiktoksouthafrica #villain #masalabae #food #nustret.’
Ouch: The 39-year-old Turkish butcher, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, appeared to put TikToker on the sidelines after pouring his heart out on its ‘inspiration’
It comes after Salt Bae was criticized by the same fan for chatting on his AirPods while serving customers at his outrageous restaurant, as the influencer continues to face backlash after his World Cup appearance.
Ehtisham Aziz paid £500 to have Nusret cut and serve a steak at his family’s table in Doha, Qatar.
But he was less than impressed after the star kept his AirPods on at all times and appeared to be talking to someone on the phone.
Diners at the restaurant called it “super disrespectful” and said the quality of the food was also poor.
Big moment: In the video, the devotee, whose nickname is Masala Bae, tells Salt Bae at one of his Nusr-Et restaurants: “I’m literally trying to be like you.”
Tragic: Along with the shocking video, he wrote: ‘Full conversation with Saltbae. he hurt me [crying emoji] he is no longer my hero
Aziz gave the experience a less than 20 out of 10, saying, “He made us pay $600 (£500) to come and cut the steak at the table.”
“He was talking to someone on their AirPods at our table, super disrespectful.”
Aziz later claimed that his cousin asked Salt Bae to autograph his ball, but the internet celebrity threw it in the trash.
In short, the client said: ‘I would not recommend it. Waste of money and extremely rude staff.
Salt Bae rose to overnight fame in 2017 when footage of him sprinkling salt over a plate of meat earned him internet stardom.
He has opened more than 22 restaurants in the US, UK, Greece and Dubai, which have been criticized as overpriced by critics, 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, partying with Lionel Messi and his teammates and even holding up the iconic trophy.
FIFA is now investigating how he was allowed to break the tournament rules, which left a sour taste in the mouths of soccer fans around the world.
“Following a review, FIFA has been establishing how people improperly gained access to the pitch after the closing ceremony at Lusail Stadium on December 18. Appropriate internal measures 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 had to spend months away from the family home in a poor eastern suburb of Istanbul.
Unprofessional: It comes after Salt Bae was criticized for chatting on his AirPods while serving a customer at his outrageous restaurant.
Speaking to The Times in 2019, Nusret explained how she often went to school in ill-fitting shoes and shirts, as her parents could buy her anything else.
Nusret claims that she left school at the age of 12 and started working as a butcher’s apprentice to help his father with the family finances.
He recalled: ‘I woke up at 6 o’clock, 2 hours into the train journey and 30 minutes after the train on the bus. Then all day, standing and working. No day off or vacation.
While working at Turkish steakhouses, the aspiring chef had to work his way up from the bottom, and his responsibilities reportedly included washing dishes.
Not impressed: Aziz gave the experience a minus 20 out of 10, saying: “He made us pay $600 (£500) to come and cut the steak at the table.”
Speaking to NBC in 2017, Nusret explained: ‘Since I was 14 years old, I’ve worked more than 13 hours a day as a kitchen helper for a butcher. I was always wanting and wanting to open a restaurant.’
After doing his military service at the age of 20, Nusret managed to convince a bank to lend him £2,500 to visit Argentina and learn more about the meat industry.
When he was 27, he opened his first restaurant in Istanbul and claims to have made £4,500 on the first day. With the help of Turkish businessman Ferit Sahenk, Nusret opened branches in Ankara, Dubai and Doha.
However, he always had his heart set on one day conquering the United States and applied for a visa three times before his first successful application in 2009.
Eek! Salt Bae recently broke FIFA’s rules on the trophy with his antics after the final.
Although he had made a name for himself in the restaurant business, Nesrut’s life changed overnight in 2017 when he shared a video of himself preparing an Ottoman steak in his trademark style on Instagram.
The video, which has amassed more than 17 million views, shows the butcher sprinkling salt on the meat with his “cobra” hand.
Dressed in a white T-shirt and skinny black jeans, the ‘sultry’ move earned Nusret the title of ‘sexiest butcher on Instagram’.
“All my feelings come from inside the flesh,” he told NBC. Even when I put salt on the meat.
Following the success of the video, Nusret introduced his famous gold-covered steak to his restaurants, which has attracted Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Usher and Kylian Mbappe over the years.
In 2019, the Instagram star spent £36m at the luxurious Macka Palace hotel in Istanbul, where he opened another of his restaurants.
Announcing the historic moment on Instagram, Nusret wrote: “I had a dream that was to have my own restaurant in my own hotel.” Thank God one of my biggest dreams is coming true on Friday. See you at Nusr-Et Macka Palace.
Along with her ‘palace’ penthouse, Nesrut is also believed to have property in the US and UK and often posts photos of a private pool in Beverley Hills.
Controversy: Salt Bae was able to access the court after the final and held the World Cup trophy