LONDON: Internet cooking sensation Salt Bae has permanently reserved Diego Maradona's favourite table at his iconic Dubai restaurant in honor of the late footballer who died on Wednesday.
The famous chef, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, shared a video of the table featuring a “reserved” sign and a framed picture of the Argentinian sporting great.
“This was your favorite table Maradona. Table is reserved forever for you. RIP Legend,” a caption shared by Gökçe alongside the video read.
He also shared footage of Maradonna dining at the restaurant and sprinkling salt in the iconic way that catapulted Salt Bae to internet meme-status.
Gökçe runs a popular steakhouse on Dubai’s Jumeirah beach, as well as other restaurants in Abu Dhabi, the US and elsewhere. He has been seen cooking for popular public figures such as David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio and has even met Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania.
Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Nov. 25, and since then tributes have flooded in from across the globe to one of football’s greatest ever players.
Argentina has been devastated by their hero’s death, and, with emotions high, violence broke out at his funeral as a huge column of fans who had flocked to pay tribute at his grave were blocked by riot police.