Celebrity chef Salt Bae has sparked outrage with this snap of him posing among livestock at a rotary milking parlour when scores of cows are crammed into tiny stalls.
Salt Bae, 36, real name Nusret Gokce, shared the image on Instagram for his 28.1 million followers.
Turkish butcher-turned-celebrity restaurateur, named for his unique style of sprinkling salt on his culinary creations, accompanied the photo with the message: “Very important meeting.”
In the photo, Bae is seen standing among livestock at a rotary milking parlour.
The post has been ‘liked’ 1.2 million times and received over 33,000 comments.
Journalist Cem Seymen said on Twitter: “This is one of the most immoral, cruel and disgusting photographs I’ve seen.”
Musician Gokhan Ozoguz of the group Athena called the photo “horrifying.”
Veteran actor Ahmet Mujmtaz Taylan quoted George Orwell from his famous book ‘Animal Farm’: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Last week, Bae revealed that he had been turned down for a US visa on nine occasions before becoming famous.
He added: “Now when I land, I get personally escorted by CIA and FBI agents to go through customs.”
Bae, who employs nearly 2,000 people around the world, said that he consider himself an “ambassador of Turkish culture”.
The celebrity chef, who was born in the Turkish city of Erzurum, said: “I have 28 million social media followers. Anything I post there reaches people around the world.
“I think that’s one of my biggest contributions to the introduction of Turkish culture to the world.”
The social media star owns restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York, Miami, Doha and Mykonos.
He also recently revealed that he returned to Turkey when the COVID-19 outbreak started because he believes his home country has the best healthcare in the world.
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