Salt Bae and the year the internet chef trolled the world

Of all the cultural moments that took place in the UK over the course of 2021, few were as enduring and as divisive as the opening of Salt Bae’s London restaurant in September. The Turkish chef, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, shot to stardom as a meme in 2017, when a video of him sprinkling salt liberally down his forearm and onto a steak, went viral. Today, he still adopts the idiosyncratic pose that made him famous both in his restaurants as part of a performance for customers and wherever…

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