Salt Bae’s £1,450-a-steak Knightsbridge restaurant criticised for paying chefs £12 an hour

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Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, has faced criticism due to the hefty prices at his restaurant in west London   (Getty Images)
Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, has faced criticism due to the hefty prices at his restaurant in west London (Getty Images)

Salt Bae has been criticised after it emerged that his restaurant in Knightsbridge is hiring chefs for £12 an hour.

Nusr-Et Steakhouse, which opened last month, has faced a backlash due to the sky-high prices with customers paying an astonishing £630 for a steak.

As part of its recruitment drive, the celebrity hotspot is currently hiring line cooks for £12 to £13 an hour “plus tips”.

The job advertisement on Caterer.com reads: “As a Chef De Partie, you will be working with some of the finest ingredients from the UK and abroad in one of the most famous steakhouses in the world.”

It says applicants will play a “vital” role in supporting the Head Chef and boasts of a “highly competitive salary and excellent opportunities to develop a global career.”

The news has left a sour taste in the mouths of some people who criticised Instagram-star Nusret Gökçe on Twitter.

One wrote: “Absolutely disgraceful and disgusting, he charges £800 for a steak yet offers a £12 an hour wages, do some calculations, either they work a mad amount of hours or it isn’t enough to live in London.”

A general view of the exterior of the Nusr-Et steak restaurant in London (Getty Images)
A general view of the exterior of the Nusr-Et steak restaurant in London (Getty Images)

Others pointed out that the hourly wage is the same as the price of mashed potato on his menu.

The Evening Standard has approached the restaurant for comment.

It comes after Gemma Collins told of her “utter shock” receiving a £1,450 bill for a 24 carat Golden Tomahawk steak at the restaurant last month.

The reality star, 40, said she was mortified by the mammoth bill.

She told The Gemma Collins Podcast: “I have to give the ambience of the restaurant, the experience, a 10 out of 10.

“The bill was another situation. I was in utter shock. But you have to weigh these things up, the press reported that my steak cost £700 , if only they knew.

I wish it cost £700. It actually cost £1,450.”

Collins said she felt “sick” the next morning when she remembered how much she had spent at the restaurant.

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