The millionaire restaurateur behind expensive steakhouse chain Nusr-Et has sparked criticism after sharing a video of finally meeting his mother – leading social media users to question why her modest life continues, despite her vast fortune.
Turkey-born Nusrat Gökçe, 38, better known as Salt Bae, has been popular for several years, after a video went viral showing his unusual steak seasoning – now said to be worth £44m.
He now owns more than 15 restaurants in cities around the world, including Dubai, Miami and London, with celebrities such as Conor McGregor, B Diddy, David Beckham and Leonardo DiCaprio said to be fans of the brand.
Nusrat, who is due to leave London for Saudi Arabia, has dished out dishes at his expensive restaurants, with a steak covered in gold at his London restaurant, which costs more than £1,400.
The millionaire restaurant owner shared a video of him hugging his mother, who he said he hadn’t seen in two years
Despite this, the video he shared of the reunion — which showed him cuddling his mother, before the couple sat down on the sofa for a comfortable conversation — seemed to show his parents’ home as somewhat unassuming.
Salt Bay, who said he hadn’t seen his mother in two years, shared the clip on Instagram, simply commenting, “I saw my mom in two years.”
He garnered over 4 million views in just 15 hours, and thousands of comments, both positive and negative, with many suggesting that the star should spend some of his millions on a new home for his mom.
Someone wrote: “You have so much money, how can your mother not live in a mansion?”
Another added: ‘After two years?? !!!! Why??!!!! And why not buy a better home for your parents. You are rich now!!
The video sparked criticism, with many questioning why the millionaire didn’t buy his mother a new home
A third voice was written: ‘Buy your mother a new home!! what a shame !!!!!!!!! Do something for her!!! She does not live! It is very unfortunate to see her son has all this money and not visit her and let her stay in a house like this.
This wasn’t the only negativity that led to Salt Bae’s settlement, as Instagram users also criticized his clothing choices, questioning why he didn’t take off his sunglasses during the visit.
A number of commentators criticized the star, saying he should have taken off his sunglasses for the reunion
Someone wrote: Baba. when I see you!!! Take off your glasses, it’s mom.
A more aggressive comment read: “Take off your glasses in front of your mother.”
Another said: He met the man. Take off your glasses. Button up this shirt. I got a lot of money. Visit your mom (sic) every month. Shame.’
However, some posters were more positive, with some defending the famous chef, and others praising the close relationship he appears to share with his mother.
Some of the comments on the video were more positive, with people praising the mother-son relationship
One fan suggested, “Maybe she’s happy at home. Don’t be so quick to judge.
It was said: Beautiful.. true love between mother and son.
Another Instagram user wrote: “You are a very worthy son of your parents! We wish you success in your work.
Salt Bae’s London restaurant recently received a slew of negative reviews on TripAdvisor, which prompted the site to temporarily suspend new write-ups.
The chef is famous for his glowing style of cooking, and videos of his salt-spraying technique are getting a lot of attention online
Salt Bae’s London has been under fire lately, with people describing the food and service as ‘shocking’.
The comments on his Instagram video aren’t the only criticism Sat Bae has had lately. His London branch The eponymous restaurant Nusr-et at the Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel, which opened earlier this year, has received a slew of bad reviews on TripAdvisor since its launch.
Poor ratings mean that the quaint Knightsbridge restaurant is now ranked 20,491 out of 23,811 in the capital on TripAdvisor.
Among the negative comments, he described the restaurant as “an insult to humanity” and “extremely shocking”.
As a result of the influx of negative reviews, TripAdvisor has temporarily suspended new write-ups for the restaurant, adding that it believes many of the reviews may not reflect first-hand experiences.