‘Never meet your heroes!’ Salt Bae fan SLAMS ‘villain’ as viral star ‘hurts’ and shrugs off devotee

A Salt Bae mega-fan has slammed the internet sensation and ‘villain’ after he was ‘shrugged-off’ during a recent encounter.

The Turkish butcher, 39, real name Nusret Gökçe, appeared to brush aside the TikToker after he’d poured his heart out to his ‘inspiration’.

In the video, the devotee – who goes by the moniker Masala Bae – tells Salt Bae at one of his Nusr-Et restaurants: ‘I literally try to be just like you.

‘Never meet your heroes!’ A Salt Bae mega-fan has slammed the internet sensation and ‘villain’ after he was ‘shrugged-off’ during a recent encounter

I’ve learned everything from you, I make my own videos just like you because you are my inspiration. You helped me make my own business.’

Despite the heartfelt words, the restaurant owner simply claps his hands together and replies, ‘Enjoy, go,’ before turning away.

In a teaser clip before releasing the footage, the fan wrote: ‘Never meet your heroes. You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.’

And alongside the shocking video, he penned: ‘Full Conversation with Saltbae. He hurt me [crying emoji] not my hero anymore #saltbae #saltlife #foodtok #tiktoksouthafrica #villain #masalabae #food #nustret.’

Ouch: The Turkish butcher, 39, real name Nusret Gökçe, appeared to brush aside the TikToker after he'd poured his heart out to his 'inspiration'

Ouch: The Turkish butcher, 39, real name Nusret Gökçe, appeared to brush aside the TikToker after he’d poured his heart out to his ‘inspiration’

It comes after Salt Bae was slammed by the very same fan for chatting on his AirPods while serving customers in his exorbitant restaurant, as the influencer continues to face a backlash after his World Cup appearance.

Ehtisham Aziz paid £500 to have Nusret carve and serve a steak at his family’s table in Doha, Qatar.

But he was left less than impressed after the star kept his AirPods inside and appeared to be talking to someone on the phone.

The restaurant guests branded him ‘super disrespectful’ and said the quality of food was also poor.

Big moment: In the video, the devotee - who goes by the moniker Masala Bae - tells Salt Bae at one of his Nusr-Et restaurants: 'I literally try to be just like you'

Ouch: Despite the heartfelt words, the restaurant owner simply claps his hands together and replies, 'Enjoy, go,' before turning away

Big moment: In the video, the devotee – who goes by the moniker Masala Bae – tells Salt Bae at one of his Nusr-Et restaurants: ‘I literally try to be just like you’

Tragic: Alongside the shocking video, he penned: 'Full Conversation with Saltbae.  He hurt me [crying emoji] not my hero anymore'

Tragic: Alongside the shocking video, he penned: ‘Full Conversation with Saltbae. He hurt me [crying emoji] not my hero anymore’

Aziz gave the experience a minus 20 out of 10, saying: ‘He made us pay $600 (£500) to come cut the steak at the table.

‘He was talking to someone on his AirPods at our table, super disrespectful.’

Aziz then claimed his cousin asked Salt Bae to autograph his football but the internet celebrity threw it away instead.

In summary, the customer said: ‘I would not recommend. Waste of money and extremely rude staff.’

Salt Bae shot to overnight fame in 2017 when footage of him sprinkling salt over a meat platter gained him internet stardom.

He has opened over 22 restaurants across the US, UK, Greece and Dubai, which have been savaged by critics as overpriced 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, celebrating with Lionel Messi and his teammates and even holding the iconic trophy.

FIFA are now investigating how he was allowed to break tournament rules which left a bitter taste in the mouth for football fans around the world.

Following a review, FIFA has established how individuals gained undue access to the pitch after the closing ceremony at Lusail stadium on December 18. The appropriate internal action 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 would have to spend months at a time away from the family’s home in the poverty-stricken suburb east of Istanbul.

Unprofessional: It comes after Salt Bae was slammed for chatting on his AirPods while serving a customer in his exorbitant restaurant

Unprofessional: It comes after Salt Bae was slammed for chatting on his AirPods while serving a customer in his exorbitant restaurant

Speaking to The Times in 2019, Nusret explained how he often went to school wearing shoes and shirts that didn’t fit as his parents could afford to buy him anything else.

Nusret claims he left school at the age of 12 and started working as a butcher’s apprentice to help our father with the family’s finances.

He recalled: ‘I woke up at 6 o’clock, 2 hours on the train commute and 30 minutes after the train in the bus. Then all day long, standing and working. No day off and no vacation.’

While working in Turkish steakhouses, the aspiring chef had to work his way up from the bottom and his responsibilities reportedly included washing dishes.

Unimpressed: Aziz gave the experience a minus 20 out of 10, saying: 'He made us pay $600 (£500) to come cut the steak at the table

Unimpressed: Aziz gave the experience a minus 20 out of 10, saying: ‘He made us pay $600 (£500) to come cut the steak at the table

Speaking to NBC in 2017, Nusret explained: ‘Since I was 14, I worked more than 13 hours a day as a kitchen runner for a butcher. I was always wishing and wishing to open up a restaurant.’

After doing his military service at 20, Nusret managed to convince a bank to lend him £2,500 to visit Argentina to learn more about the meat industry.

When he was 27, he opened his first restaurant in Istanbul and claimed to have made £4,500 on the first day. With the help of Turkish businessman Ferit Sahenk, Nusret went on to open branches in Ankara, Dubai and Doha.

However, he always had his heart set on one day conquering America 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

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 signature style on Instagram.

The video – which has amassed over 17m views – shows the butcher sprinkling salt on the meat with his hand shaped ‘like a cobra’.

Dressed in a white t-shirt and slim-fitting black jeans, the ‘sensual’ move earned Nusret the title of ‘sexiest butcher on Instagram’.

“All of my feelings are coming from inside the flesh,” he told NBC. ‘Down to when I put the salt on the meat.’

Following on from the success of the video, Nusret introduced his famous gold-covered steak at his restaurants – which has attracted the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Usher and Kylian Mbappe over the years.

In 2019, the Instagram star splashed out £36m on the luxurious hotel Macka Palace in Istanbul – where he opened another one of his restaurants.

Announcing the landmark moment on Instagram, Nusret wrote: ‘I had one dream which was to have my own restaurant at my own hotel. Thank God one of my biggest dreams is coming true on Friday. See you at Nusr-Et Macka Palace.’

Along with his penthouse apartment in the ‘palace’, Nesrut is believed to also have properties in the US and UK too and often posts pictures from a private pool in Beverly Hills.

Controversy: Salt Bae was able to access the pitch after the final and held the World Cup trophy

Controversy: Salt Bae was able to access the pitch after the final and held the World Cup trophy

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