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Salt Bae leaves highly priced London restaurant six weeks after opening

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, is leaving flagship London restaurant Nusr-Et.

The salt-sprinkling chef is leaving for Saudi Arabia where he is set to open his newest outpost.

The butcher-turned-chef won’t be around to slice steaks and show off his salt-smattering skills tableside for adoring fans.

Deep-pocketed foodies have previously paid £250 for prime reservations at the eatery, with the chain recently under fire for allegedly treating staff poorly.

Workers said the 38-yeasr-old’s chain of restaurants are “ruled by fear” and the company didn’t “care about employees”.

A server in Miami said: “Give a crap about your staff and not just money. Maybe let the staff actually taste the food we sell for you? Let us see our tips and how they’re distributed. Stop being sketchy about everything.”

Another person added: “Not enough hours, passive aggressive clients.”

And another said the firm was “ruled by fear” and added: “Company doesn’t care about employees.”

The menu features a £1,450 gold-gilded tomahawk steak, another £630 hunk of beef and a £100 burger – among other mega-expensive menu items.

The chef even charges £9 for a single glass of coke.

Taking to his Instagram page, Salt Bae shared the news of his impending move.

He said: “Sunday is my last day in Lovely London. I want to see you
beautiful people before I go.”

His newest venture is a pop-up in Riyadh, which is his 28th Restaurant.

It’s thought the seasoned chef has at least 13 other eateries alongside his 15 Nusr-Et Steakhouses in glitzy locations like Miami and Dubai.