A Sunderland butcher who has the golden touch has created his own cut-price version Salt Bae’s infamous 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.
Stirk is also a restaurateur by profession. He said he wanted the famous dish to be replicated at a reasonable price, The I reports.
The 35-year old said that he didn’t believe Salt Bae was the problem. I believe people posting photos of receipts is an offense.
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’
You can share your bills on social media for thousands of pounds. I know of people who make less per month than what it costs to buy a dinner.
“I want people to visit my restaurants and enjoy a good, honest meal. I want them to love the food and rave about it. Not the amount of money they spend.
Stirk claims that he’s already sold over 40 gilded Tomahawk steaks after adding the option to the menu this 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 opened his first Durham restaurant, The Broadway: Stirks Steakhouse, five years later.
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.
He said, “We source our meat from local farmers and we care about food, not glamour.”
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
Nusr-Et steakhouse has been a favorite haunt of celebrities since opening in September. This includes footballer Rio Ferdinand, and reality TV star Gemma Coillins.
It’s a well-cooked dry-aged steak. No problem, we’ll cover it with gold. 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. Ours is also profitable. But it’s much more accessible, I believe.
“I think the difference here, I think, is we’re doing a good, grass-fed beef product from Northumberland, and the fact that we have already sold over 40 shows, there’s an obvious appeal to wrapping stuff up in gold.
Salt Bae (38) has been a culinary icon in Britain ever since opening his restaurant Nusr et in west London. He boasts almost 40m Instagram followers.
Queues outside his restaurant, as well as a flood of Instagram photos have added to the appeal. The restuarant has been graced with celebrities Rio Ferdinand and Gemma Collins.