From Quitting School At 13 To Becoming An International Success: The Early Life Of Salt Bae Is Not What You’d Expect


2017 was hands down the year of Salt Bae.

From meagre beginnings, Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe is now one of the world’s most instantly recognisable chefs with 12 restaurants to his name.

And what began from a simple salt sprinkle has lead Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe to almost 10 million followers on Instagram and a huge celeb following…

Believe it or not, this is where it all began (and it’s been a rollercoaster year since)

Royal seal of approval with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

Rihanna wearing his face on her shirt

P Diddy visiting his restaurant

And there are murals of his image

That’s just a tiny glimpse of his crazy year

And while his Instagram is usually flooded with celeb visits, this week he gave us an insight into his tough childhood and long road to success.

Where it all began

“*Graduated from elementary school in 1994 when I was 13 years old.
*Due to financial issues I had to quit school and started working as a butcher’s apprentice.
*Worked 18-20 hours each and every day.
*I never requested even $1 from my father. Although he didn’t have it anyways.
*The rise of Nusr-Et started in 2009 with my first restaurant which only had twelve tables and 10 employees.
*Year 2017 – 12 restaurants worldwide – 1000 + employees * Renowned World Brand *Our brand *Our Success *Nusr-Et “

Nusret Gökçe

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Salt Bae at his Dubai restaurant, Nusr-Et, at the Four Seasons


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