In the wake of speculation that his theatrical meat methods might violate New York City’s health codes, Salt Bae has added little black gloves to his signature look.
In a photo taken by 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian Wednesday night, social media sensation Nusret Gökçe appears to be wearing a pair of sanitary gloves while going through the motions of his elaborate steak slicing and salting tableside at his New York location of Nusr-Et.
According to article 81 of New York City’s health code, bare hand contact with food that is “ready to eat” is prohibited. Because the meats Salt Bae caresses tableside do not get reheated, gloves are required in order to comply with this rule. Salt Bae also appears to have removed his watch in the photo, complying with another part of article 81 that prohibits jewelry other than “medical alert bracelets or a ring that is smooth and without crevices, such as a wedding band.” Earlier this week, the health department said they’d be looking into the situation. Eater has reached out to the restaurant about the added accoutrement to Salt Bae’s outfit.
Behold, the new Salt Bae uniform, with fellow social media celeb Jonathan “foodgod” Cheban in the background: