Chef Gareth Mason poked fun at Salt Bae’s pricey, gold-leaf wrapped dishes by creating his own Lancashire-inspired 24-carat menu for a fraction of the price.
But while the soaring Turkish butcher turned steak vendor is charging around £ 850 for some of his steaks, Mason’s dishes were valued at just 5p by a local jeweler.
Mason covered his signature whist pies with cheap gold leaf while he did the same with fries, bacon, sausage and even carrots to poke fun at its more famous counterpart.
He said, “It’s more Morecambe Bay than Salt Bae. We plated the traditional Lancashire dishes with gold for a fraction of the price you would pay in his restaurant.”
Nusret Gokce, 38, better known as Salt Bae, drops the fans over to enjoy his extravagant, gold-coated steaks and burgers in his London restaurant.
While the restaurant has been slammed by critics, there’s no shortage of avid celebs lining up to pay mind-boggling prices and post about them online.
Reality TV star Gemma Collins was one of the first to land a table, rating the experience a “ten out of ten,” though she nearly choked on seeing the £ 1,450 bill while the former glamor Model Danielle Lloyd treated the burger to a 100-pound gold shell, later admitting it was “really expensive” but it’s well worth it for “the experience”.
In contrast, Mason charges £ 12 for a cake and pickle platter at the Absolute Bar and Bistro in Westhoughton, Bolton, where he is the head chef.
Gareth, a father of two, added, “It just goes to show that wrapping food in gold is pure stupidity.
“There is no price that can justify that. It doesn’t add anything to the food at all, it doesn’t taste like anything, and it just dissolves on contact. It’s just a gimmick for appearances.
“Getting a steak and wrapping it in gold doesn’t make it worth £ 800. There has to be a barrier to stupidity.
“This guy makes himself a multimillionaire by cheating on people. The joke is on the customer if he’s willing to pay for it.”
Gareth currently has no plans to sell the gold-coated food to customers but said if he did he would charge around £ 100.
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