Sunderland butcher charges £100 for gilded steaks inspired by Salt Bae

Now there’s a 24-carat bargain? Sunderland restauranteur charges £100 for gold-covered tomahawk steaks that Salt Bae sells for £850

  • A Sunderland butcher has recreated Salt Bae’s gold-covered tomahawk steak 
  • John Stirk’s gilded steak comes in at £100 –  far less than Salt Bae’s £850 creation
  • Bae’s west London restaurant is popular on Instagram and attracts long queues 
  • Since opening in September, it has hosted celebrities Rio Ferdinand and Gemma Collins

A Sunderland butcher with the golden touch has come up with his own cut-price version of Salt Bae’s infamous gold-covered tomahawk steak.

Priced at £100, the steak by John Stirk leaves less of a hole in the pocket than Nusret Gökçe’s (Salt Bae) £850 offering at his Knightbridge restaurant.

Mr Stirk, who is also a restaurateur by trade, said he wanted to emulate the celebrated dish at an affordable price, The I reports.    

The 35-year-old said: ‘I don’t think Salt Bae is the problem, fair play to him. I think people posting pictures of their receipts is. 

Sunderland butcher and restaurateur John Stirk has recreated Salt Bae’s now infamous recipe, priced at an affordable £100 at his restaurant ‘The Broadway – Stirks Steakhouse’

‘Bills for thousands of pounds, sharing them on social media, it’s vulgar. I know people around here who earn less per month than the price of a dinner.

‘I want people to come to my restaurants and have a good, honest meal. I want them to enjoy the food and rave about that. Not the money they spend.’ 

Mr Stirk says he has already sold over 40 gilded tomahawk steaks since adding the option to his menu over the weekend. 

The business owner is a former contestant on the BBC’s Young Butcher of the Year and founded his butcher’s shop in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, ten years ago. 

He branched out with a nearby restaurant five years later, named ‘The Broadway: Stirks Steakhouse’ and he has since opened a second venue in Durham.

Mr Stirk bills his restaurants as ‘traditional British-Italian steakhouses’ and his top price for a large tomahawk was previously £30 before his chefs started gilding them.

‘We source our meat from local farms and we care about the food, not the glamour,’ he added.

Nusret Gökçe (Salt Bae), 38, poses on Instagram with a chargrilled tomahawk steak wrapped in 24-carat gold-leaf and priced at more than £700

Since opening in September, Nusr-Et steakhouse in West London has become a popular haunt for celebrities including footballer Rio Ferdinand and reality TV star Gemma Coillins

‘It’s a dry-aged steak cooked well. We’ll cover it in gold for you, no problem. It requires a fair bit of skill by the way – there’s craftsmanship involved.

‘If people want to go to Knightsbridge and pay £850, then go ahead. Our customers have been keen on our £100 steak. Obviously we make money of ours, too. But I think it’s a lot more accessible.

‘I think the difference here is we’re doing good, grass-fed beef from Northumberland and the North East, and the fact we’ve already sold over 40 shows there’s obvious appeal to wrapping stuff in gold.’

Salt Bae, 38, has become a culinary icon in Britain since he opened his restaurant Nusr-et in west London and boasts nearly 40m Instagram followers. 

Queues outside his restaurant and a flurry of pictures on Instagram have added to the appeal of the restuarant – which has been graced by celebrities Rio Ferdinand and reality TV presenter Gemma Collins. 

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