Five injured during a fire show in restaurant of ‘Salt Bae’ in Istanbul

Three tourists and two waiters injured on late Thursday during a fire show in a steakhouse chain Nusr-Et restaurant in İstanbul, owned by Nusret Gökçe also known as “Salt Bae” who became a social media phenomenon in early 2017 for his meat-cutting and salt-drizzling skills. 

The incident took place in İstanbul's Etiler restaurant of the chain. Krisryna Tresnakova, one of three tourists, had severe burns and she was taken to the hospital.

Eyewitnesses said the incident happened during a fire show as a waiter poured gasoline over the fire in front of the bar table and five people caught on fire. 

Recently, Chef Nusret Gökçe hosted the Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro in the same restaurant and videos of the evening went viral on social media. 

But the videos had already generated a maelstrom of criticism for Maduro, who was forced to put a lighter spin on the dining experience. Appearing on television on Monday night, Maduro called the meal a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and thanked Gökçe for his hospitality, saying he hoped to see him soon in Caracas.

In addition, Salt Bae's newly opened New York City Nusr-et Steakhouse has failed to impress some critics and diners, who have blasted the restaurant's obscene prices and underwhelming food.