Salt Bae Earns Praise with Promise to Feed 5,000 People Daily in Turkey | Inquirer

Salt Bae Earns Praise with Promise to Feed 5,000 People Daily in Turkey

/ 09:17 AM February 16, 2023

Humanity is at its best whenever a tragic incident arises. Salt Bae, the 39-year-old celebrity chef, went all out to help the victims of the Turkey earthquake by serving free meals.

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, aka Salt Bae, became an internet celebrity following his contents of meat seasoning. His restaurants are also famous for selling food at steep prices.

Recently, he received backlash from the online world due to his improper behavior during Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals. Internet users called him out for being so close to the players at the wrong moment.


Despite the negative criticisms, Salt Bae is now doing something worthwhile for his fellow Turkish people. He pledged to give hot meals to at least 5,000 survivors every day.

The famous restaurateur started by arranging a mobile kitchen in the disaster zone. He also describes his project as the “most important and meaningful service in the world.”


A 55-second video that the chef shared is now earning praise. In the clip, he showed how he and his team are helping the Turkish earthquake victims.

The clip shows the chefs preparing meals in giant cauldrons and containers. It also shows the survivors queuing in line outside in the cold while the chef’s staff serves hot food to people.

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He captioned the IG reel, “We started serving hot food to more people, targeting 5000 people every day.” Salt Bae currently has 50 million Instagram followers.

Adverse reactions to Salt Bae’s Food Drive

Although some of the viewers didn’t like the close-up view of the kitchen, many still appreciated his food drive to help the victims.

One user wrote, “In times of tragedy, it’s the ones who show up and make a difference that truly shines. May God bless and protect our heroes on the frontlines.”

Despite the good deed and positive feedback, some still saw it negatively. Other users saw it as a publicity stunt rather than a genuine desire to help.

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A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et)

One user said, “If you are doing it for advertising, may God not accept it.” Moreover, Salt Bae’s post earned more positive feedback than negative reactions.

Furthermore, it seems that it’s not only Salt Bae who is there with his good heart. Many countries and organizations have offered help to Turkey and Syria. They are sending equipment and rescuers.

The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country, leaving 80,278 injuries and 31,643 deaths. Thousands have been rescued under the rubble, including a baby who miraculously survived.

According to Time Now, 4 million buildings are affected, along with 3.5 million people. While many residents are still trapped and waiting for rescue.

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