A man who claims to be a former employee of Salt Bae’s London restaurant is calling it “McDonald’s for the rich” for serving frozen French fries, according to an article in Mail Online published Thursday.
Guillermo Perez, who told Mail Online’s Laurence Dollimore that he worked as a sommelier at Nusr-Et in Knightsbridge until he was fired in January, said the restaurant is “immoral” because of its high prices. He said it is asking £3,000, or about $4,000, for bottles of wine worth £1,000, or $1,400.
Nusret Gökçe, better known as Salt Bae, who first took social media by storm in 2017, opened the Nusr-Et location in London’s Knightsbridge, London, last September, to immediately garner widespread attention for its high prices. Some users on Twitter called the restaurant’s prices “excessive,” Insider previously reported.
“One day I saw a big bag of frozen chips and I thought, ‘Really? Is that what we serve people?’ And they had Heinz ketchup and mayonnaise, which you can get at the store,” Perez told Mail Online.
Representatives of the restaurant Nusr-Et and Gökçe did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Perez, who told Mail Online he is 30 years old and originally from Madrid, said he spent eight years as a sommelier and claims he was fired from the company for eating avocado and rice on shift. According to Perez, workers were not allowed to eat from the staff canteen after 5:30 p.m., and although he explained that the food he brought was his own, he said he had to meet HR 30 minutes later.
During the meeting, Perez said he was told not to go back to work the next day. He said he was pushing HR for justification for his resignation and that he was not selling enough wine, according to Mail Online.
Perez added that he will soon start a new job as a sommelier on a luxury cruise ship.
Despite the criticism, the restaurant chain is still popular with celebrities. Figures including David Beckham and Jason Statham have posted Instagram photos alongside Gökçe at his restaurants.
Perez did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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