The influential chef Salt Bae appeared to mock his critics in a boastful social media post depicting a steak covered in 24-karat gold leaf.
The Turkish millionaire chef, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, posted an Instagram video of one of his signature steaks with the caption “Federal Reserve – 24K gold.”
In the video, the steak appears on a cutting board in what appears to be one of his kitchens.
It comes just days after the restaurant owner landed in hot water after bragging about one party’s £140,000 bill at his Abu Dhabi restaurant.
Fourteen guests paid a staggering 615,065 dirham (£140,584), equating to a per-person cost of 43,933 dirham (£10,041).
The Nusr-Et Steakhouse charges a staggering 9,000 dirham (£2,059) for two gold-leaf covered Istanbul steaks, 5,500 (£1,255) for two golden Ottoman steaks, 4,500 (£1,027) for two beef tenderloin, and a further 3,905 dirham (£891) for eleven beef fillet steaks.
However, the diners did not stop there. In addition, they spent 1,200 dirham (£273) on five servings of beef carpaccio, a raw meat appetizer, and 320 dirham (£73) on four blossoming onions.
Salt Bae uploaded a photo of the bill to Instagram with the comment “Quality is never pricey #saltbae #saltlife #salt” for his 49 million followers.
Shortly thereafter, Salt Bae received a flood of criticism from other social media users, with over 597,000 likes and 26,500 comments, the most of which were upset with the charge.
One commenter remarked, “This is ridiculous, that kind of money could save the lives of an entire community.” This is dreadful.’
Numerous customers were stunned by the price and deemed it “crazy.”
Another user commented, “There are approximately 98 million people living below the poverty line and without a home, and you are spreading lies?! What is the point of posting such material? I will unfollow you and encourage others to do the same… shame on you!’
Someone else wrote, “55 dollars for a Heineken so you can ruin the meal with gold leaf and salt your hairy arms.”