The Sultan of Sexy Seasoning burnished salt into a low wound but observant a word — or flicking his wrist.
A scarcely year-old Instagram picture of Turkish cook and viral video prodigy Nusret Gökçe — aka Salt Bae — posing as Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro has social media mavens in Miami, where he just non-stop a restaurant, broiling mad.
The Castro-snap controversy, reported by the Miami Herald, comes 11 months after Gökçe gained a large social media following by posting an Instagram video of himself flamboyantly flicking salt on a thick cut of meat.
Salt Bae’s Castro photo — posted 4 days after the Cuban dictator’s death last Nov — could send the South Miami opening of his Nusr-Et Steakhouse down in flames, some social media posters say.
“This is the lick of death in Miami,” Carlos A. Navarro pronounced on Facebook. The post was accompanied a screenshot of Gökçe next to his now-famous meme of himself, wearing a white T-shirt and dim sunglasses, trace salt.
“Stupid and ignorant anywhere in the universe … but over unpleasant and a slap in the face to Cubans in Miami,” Navarro wrote.
In Gökçe’s Castro-inspired photo of himself, he’s wearing a black beret and blasting a cigar. In the credentials is a black-and-white photo of Castro smoking a cigar.
“Most of the 1,945 comments — in Spanish and English — are unprintable,” remarkable the Miami Herald.
Gökçe’s Instagram post has been deleted but not before a screen squeeze of it was taken and distributed.
Miami Realtor Andres Asion, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday: “Some people just don’t think! To post pics like this and then open a grill in Miami. Really?”
“I just called and canceled 2 reservations and TOLD THEM HOW we FEEL ABOUT THEIR SALT GUY AND HIS POST. … Had reservations for Dad’s birthday lunch and a birthday cooking for me — we can’t take my father there now!!” Asion added.
Asion willingly combined the restaurant’s phone series so others could cancel.
This month Gökçe plans to open a New York plcae of Nusr-et Steakhouse, which he founded a decade ago and now has outposts in 10 cities.
The Nusr-Et Steakhouse has not commented on the criticism.
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