RESTAURANTEUR and internet sensation Salt Bae first hit the spotlight back in 2017 – after he became the face of a viral meme.
But is he married and does he have children? Here's everything you need to know.
Who is Salt bae?
Nusret Gökçe is the man behind the nickname – Salt Bae.
Born in 1983, Salt Bae is a Turkish butcher, chef, food entertainer and restaurateur – whose technique for preparing and season meat became a widely circulated meme back in 2017.
He was originally born in Erzurum to a Kurdish family – his father Faik, who was a mineworker and his mother Fatma.
However, during his time in the sixth grade, he was forced to leave school and work as a butcher's apprentice in Istanbul – due to the family's struggle with finances.
Between 2007 and 2010, Nusret visited a number of different countries, including Argentina and the United States, where he worked in local restaurants for free – hoping to gain experience as a cook and restaurateur.
In 2010, Salt Nusret opened his first restaurant in Istanbul and just four years later opened his second in Dubai.
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But it wasn't until 2017 that the name Salt Bae shot to fame overnight – through a series of viral internet videos and memes that show him uniquely cutting meat and sprinkling salt.
Due to the extent of exposure he gained after becoming a viral internet sensation – now owns Nusr-Et, a chain of luxury steak houses.
As of 2021, he has Nusr-Et branches in Turkey, Greece, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
His net worth is estimated between $50 to $70 million.
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Is Salt Bae married?
If you've visited Salt Bae's Instagram you will notice that he is constantly surrounded by beautiful female diners in many of his posts – and happily flirting with them.
But mystery around the Turkish chefs love life remains – as he tends to keep this part of his personal life very private and away from the spotlight.
He once claimed he was too busy for a relationship – getting up at 3am to go to meat markets and getting just five hours sleep at night.
He said: “I'm so concentrated on meat that I can't see a woman or anything.
“I don't have any time for a girlfriend.”
Does Salt Bae have any children?
Just like his love life, Salt Bae's family life is also surrounded by mystery – and fans of the chef are eager to know if he really has nine children.
The speculation came after he posted a candid snap of himself and nine young children back in September 2016.
The snap pictured Salt Bae holding a newborn baby whilst nine other children stood closely around him.
He captioned the picture 'The man who didn't spend time with his family wasn't a real man' – and this sent fans wild with speculation in the comment section.
One curious Instagram user wrote: ''Does he really have nine kids???''
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Whilst others flocked to share the love for Bae's beautiful brood.
It has not been confirmed if Salt Bae has any children.
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