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Salt Bae restaurant Nusr-Et gets 1-star reviews after he serves Maduro



composite image showing “Salt Bae” Nusret Gökçe serving Nicolas
Maduro, superimposed with critical reviews on


  • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at the viral
    chef Salt Bae’s restaurant, Nusr-Et, in Istanbul on
  • Many people — including US Senator Marco Rubio —
    criticised Salt Bae for serving Maduro while people go hungry
    in Venezuela.
  • Branches of Nusr-Et have started getting one-star
    reviews, citing disgust at the support for Maduro.

People are leaving one-star reviews on Trip Advisor and Google
for restaurants run by the viral chef known as “Salt Bae” after
he personally served an expensive steak dinner to Venezuelan
president Nicolas Maduro.

Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret
, received widespread criticism after footage
went viral of him flamboyantly serving Maduro at an Istanbul
branch of his Nusr-Et chain.

He deleted two tweets promoting the meeting amid the
backlash, which focused on the poor optics of Maduro feasting on
expensive steak while many of his people are starving because of
Venezuela’s crippled economy.

In the wake of news coverage of the event, people used review
platforms like TripAdvisor and Google to punish Gökçe
with one-star reviews.

Business Insider identified 15 one-star reviews across the
portfolio of Nusr-Et restaurant, mainly of the Turkish branches.

One, writing partly in Spanish, called Nusr-Et “immoral” for
hosting Maduro:

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A review
left on Tuesday.


Others for a branch in Besiktas,
, said:

“The owner of this restaurant supports a dictator who is killing
millions in Venezuela. Don’t support this type of restaurant.
While Maduro is having a feast at his resturant, millions are
living in Venezuela without food, medicine.”

Another wrote: “Don’t support the owner’s lack of ethics
and display of support to a character that is starving millions
of people in Venezuela. This is simply disgusting. Don’t know if
dishes are good or not but you have to also take in consideration
the working ethics.”

The author attached photos of starving people in Venezuela:

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criticising Salt Bae are commonplace.

Trip Advisor

Marco Gomez left a one-star review and called it “food for
dictators,” and someone else left a one-star review on the
Besiktas resturant’s Trip Advisor page with a similar message,
saying: “No more dictator support.”salt bae“No more
dictator support.”

Maduro was in Istanbul for a stop-off on his way from China,
where he went
to ask for more loans
 for his economically
stricken country.

Recent polls of Venezuelans show that many struggle to afford
food, and the country often sees mass protests because of the
economic hardship. The government has advised
Venezuelans to breed rabbits for food as a way to beat their

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is one of the most vocal critics of
Gökçe, and called on people ot make life difficult for him.

One tweet said: “This guy @nusr_ett who admires dictator
@NicolasMaduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all
places, #Miami.” He posted the Miami restaurant’s phone number as

told the Miami Herald on Tuesday
: “This is someone who is
celebrating a criminal. Nicolás Maduro is systematically starving
the people of Venezuela.”

A Venezuelan protestor was outside the Miami restaurant on
holding a sign saying: “Nusr-et: We demand a public
and immediate apology.”

A larger protest is scheduled for midday  Wednesday, the
Miami Herald reports.

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