JEDDAH: Famed Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, commonly known as Salt Bae, has shed light on his humble beginnings by sharing a photo of himself as part of the viral #10YearChallenge social media trend.
Many celebrities and high-profile personalities have taken part in the challenge, which lets participants share a photo of themselves ten years ago, juxtaposed alongside how they look today.
Taking to Instagram, Salt Bae shared a photo of himself in a kitchen in 1998 alongside a recent photo from 2018.
By creating his own 20-years version of the trending challenge, Salt Bae has recalled the earliest days of his career, when he “never took days off” and “worked for 18 hours a day.”
In an interview with Turkish magazine Aksam, the famous chef recalled how he first started his career at a butcher’s market in Istanbul.
He said: “I never took an annual leave and didn’t apply for overtime. I was working with 10 master butchers and remained active for 18 hours a day.”
Salt Bae became a social media sensation after a meme of him sprinkling salt on to a steak went viral.
Before that, he was the owner of a restaurant in Turkey in 2010.
Today the chef owns restaurants throughout the US, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.