Throughout any given day, most of us have a tendency to spend free time checking Instagram or scrolling through Twitter. In doing so, you may have recently seen a video of a long-haired Johnny Depp looking-dude, wearing sunglasses while gently massaging, and slicing through large pieces of meat with artful skill and precision.
Considering the handsome butcher's looks, and the sensual way he slapped and salted his meat, social media quickly exploded with memes, creating the hashtag 'Saltbae.' However, the majority of people had no idea the knife-wielding heartthrob was probably the most popular butcher on Instagram.
With 1 million Instagram followers, Nusret Gokce is the Turkish butcher behind the sunglasses. He owns six Nusr-et Steakhouse locations — yes, all named after himself — around the globe. Judging by his Instagram photos, he is no stranger to culinary success, posing in photos with Antonio Banderas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tommy Hilfiger. Even Bruno Mars tweeted about him recently.
With only the phrase, "Türkiye Dubai Abudahbi Yakında Dünya," which translates to, "Turkey Dubai Abudahbi Soon World" on his Instagram bio, Nusret's social media activity shows exactly why the world is falling head over heels for #Saltbae. Sporting a chiseled physique, along with some pretty impressive knife-handling skills, Saltbae has literally become a real-life meme character for 2017.
We all know it's important to have an intimate relationship with our food and Nusret sets the perfect example.
While he doesn't speak much, watching Nusret prepare meat is like watching someone perfectly execute the Tango — but more deliciously. His meat slapping is usually followed up with his signature elbow out, wrist up salt sprinkle, which has now become a new emoji.
While few may have understood the magnitude of Nusret's culinary prowess, Saltbae has become immortalized through memes and tweets, further enshrining him into our digital hearts forever.