A Turkish fighter pilot was caught on video performing the “Salt Bae” move of Nusret Gökçe, the co-partner of the global Nusr-et chain of grill houses, while allegedly bombing ISIS terrorists in Syria, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The pilot is reported to be a part of the Euphrates Shield assault on terror in Syria.
“Salt Bae” quickly rose to fame after butcher Nusret Gökçe was caught on video cutting up a steak and then drizzling salt on top of it with his signature move. Since being posted, the video has been viewed millions of times and several celebrities and athletes have paid tribute to the butcher.
Nusret Gökçe rose to fame in January 2017 after a video was released of him drizzling salt from his hand placed at head level and dropping it over his forearm and onto the steak. Ever so carefully, he cuts up the steak turning cutting up steak into an art form.
The video, titled “Ottoman Steak” was posted on January 7 with his restaurant Twitter account Nusret and viewed millions of times.
Gökçe opened up his first restaurant in Istanbul in 2010 and his second restaurant in Dubai in 2014. He opened up his third restaurant in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
A number of famous celebrities also followed Gökçe’s rise to internet superstardom including the likes of actors Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio visited Gökçe’s Dubai restaurant and had Gökçe personally season his steak.
The “Salt Bae” celebration was used by a number of athletes including several soccer stars overseas like Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
There is no verification that the pilot dropped bombs on ISIS during the video.
For those that are not familiar with “Salt Bae” is, here is the video that launched him to internet fame:
ISIS has slowly lost territories in both Iraq and Syria. Both of their strongholds in Iraq and Syria have been liberated in 2017.
In July, 2017, Mosul, ISIS’ stronghold in Iraq was liberated by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The Iraqi Prime Minister arrived in Mosul on July 9 to announce the victory over ISIS. On July 10, an official declaration of victory was proclaimed.
The Battle of Mosul began in October 2016 when Iraqi Government forces with allied militias, the Kurds and international forces launched a major military campaign dubbed Operation “We Are Coming, Nineveh.” ISIS controlled areas near around the city of Mosul were first taken back, followed by the eastern portion of the city in January 2017. It wasn’t until July 2017, that the rest of the city was taken back from ISIS.